January 7, 2009 | Vol 4, Num 1
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ProVia Entering Siding Business
The principals of ProVia Door are purchasing the assets of Heartland Building Products, the siding business that was once part of the Jancor Cos., which filed for bankruptcy protection last year. ... read more

Union Workers File Complaint Against Republic
Following up on their victory to receive severance and back vacation pay, members of the United Electrical Workers Local 1110 plan to file charges against Republic Windows & Doors at the National Labor Relations Board in Chicago today. ... read more

Masonite Gets Extension into New Year
Facing a year-end deadline that could have forced the company into bankruptcy proceedings, Masonite International Inc. has entered into an extension of a forbearance agreement it reached with creditors in November. ... read more

Ultrafab, Sealmax Sign Distribution Deal
Ultrafab Inc. has signed a deal with Sealmax to distribute the Canadian company’s urethane foam seals to window and door manufacturers in the United States. ... read more

Private Equity Firm Finalizes Hurd Acquisition
Following up on a previous definitive purchase agreement, HWD Acquisition Inc., a newly formed company owned by Longroad Asset Management LLC, has acquired the assets of Hurd Windows & Doors Inc. ... read more

Gorell Reports Record Jump in New Business
Gorell Windows & Doors has announced that despite the current downturn in the home-improvement industry, it experienced a record increase in new business last year. ... read more

Window World Provides Strong Support
to St. Jude's
Window World Cares, the charitable foundation of Window World Inc., recently presented a contribution to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in the amount of $160,000. ... read more

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The Talk...

What kind of economic stimulus would you like to see?
General tax cuts
More infrastructure spending
Tax incentives targeted at housing
Tax incentives targeted at energy independence
All of the above
None of the above

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John Swanson,
associate publisher
of Window & Door

President-elect Obama rolled into Washington this week and all the talk there seems to be focusing on an economic stimulus package. One group trying to make its voice heard is the Fix Housing First Coalition, representing builders and many other companies and groups (including AAMA). It is looking to expand on tax incentives for homebuyers, among other things.

Others are looking for general tax cuts, spending on infrastructure, investment in energy independence, etc. What about you? The last expensive bailout package seems to have done little to stimulate the economy. Do you think we should we do nothing and let the chips fall where they may, or would you like to see the new administration and Congress focus on something specific? That's our poll question of the week.

And as usual, I'd like to hear your thoughts on the issue. What ideas have you heard that you like? What would be best for the country? What would be best for the industry? Email me and let me know.

The Talk..., Page 2

"What was the biggest industry story of 2008?"

Well, maybe because it's fresh in our minds—or maybe because you had one foot out the door to your holiday plans when you voted—but it seems that our industry voters believe the Republic Windows brouhaha was the biggest story of '08.

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