January 21, 2009 | Vol 4, Num 3
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The Builders' Show Goes On
Las Vegas—It's hard to escape talk of the weak economy, and the International Builders' Show, which opened yesterday, is certainly not the place to do it. Exhibitors, including the some 200 plus window and door industry companies, are showing their latest products, but much of the conversation here is focused on the troubled housing market and what to do to survive the current
downturn. ... read more

Kensington Operations Acquired by Serious
Serious Materials, the manufacturer of Thermaproof windows and doors and Alpen high performance glass, has acquired the assets of Kensington Windows, the vinyl replacement window manufacturer based in Vandergrift, Pa. ... read more

Serious Materials May Reopen Republic Plant
The union representing workers at the Republic Windows & Doors plant in Chicago reports that Serious Materials, a manufacturer of high-performance windows and doors, is in the final stages of working out an agreement to purchase the assets of the manufacturer, which closed down operations late last year. ... read more

Vista Foresees Continued Growth in 2009
While many window and door manufacturers are just looking to survive the coming year, Vista Window Co. LLC is looking for
growth. ... read more

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How long will it take for us to fully recognize the “hidden” costs of the economic crisis?
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Christina Lewellen,
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I think the ripple effects of the current housing crisis are too numerous and vast to quantify at the moment. I’m sure we’ll be able to wrap our brains around it years from now, but as we sit in the eye of the storm, it’s tough to keep track of all the possible avenues of fallout from the current financial and housing predicament.

Like take this story, for example. Who would have thought of this? Animal shelters are being taxed with a spike in the level of abandoned pets. As people go into foreclosure on their homes, presumably relocating to less pet-friendly housing scenarios such as apartment complexes, they’re dropping Fido off at local shelters. They can no longer take care of their pets, so they’re put in a position to give them up.

And how about this one: New York City is stepping in to maintain foreclosed homes in an effort to prevent a reversal of its efforts to fend off blight and quality of life. The City is going to refurbish these homes because they failed to move at auction.

If you’ve come across “ripple effect” stories stemming from the financial and housing crisis, please email them to me. Sometimes more shocking than big bailout figures and slumping new home starts is the sidebar stories. Please take a moment to vote in my poll this week—do you think we’ll ever truly understand the “hidden” costs of our current economic recession? Send me a line to share your thoughts.

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