January 28, 2009 | Vol 4, Num 4
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The Latest...

Window and Door Manufacturers Press on
With New Products at IBS
On day three of last week’s International Builders’ Show, the government announced that housing start had hit their lowest level in 50 years
ago. ... read more

Therma-Tru to Close Oklahoma
Manufacturing Facility
Therma-Tru Corp. will phase down and ultimately close its Roland, Okla. manufacturing facility effective Sept. 30. ... read more

Jeld-Wen to Close Pennsylvania Interior
Doors Plant
Jeld-Wen Interior Doors will close its Sunbury, Pa. manufacturing plant by March 31. ... read more

Andersen to Conduct Additional Seasonal Layoffs
Andersen Corp. has confirmed additional seasonal layoffs, with another 160 employees at its Bayport, Minn. facility to follow temporary layoffs announced earlier in the year. ... read more

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The Talk...

e-Poll
Who should take the bulk of the responsibility for displaced dealers?
The manufacturer going out of business
The dealers, unfortunately, will have to fend for themselves
Whatever the contract outlines
There should be some new/additional laws to protect the supply chain


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Christina Lewellen,
senior editor
of Window & Door
For a punch in the gut, check this out. Jordan Windows & Doors closed this week and left this to-the-point message on its Web site. It says, "We are sorry for the inconvenience
but Jordan Company (Jordan Windows and Doors) is no longer in business." That's it. No additional information.

Ouch.

In the last couple of weeks, my co-workers and I have seen an uptick in the number of emails we're getting from dealers who are suddenly left without a manufacturer to support them. After the sudden closing of Republic Windows & Doors a few weeks back, we got this email from one of the company's dealers:

"As a dealer for Republic products, where will we get parts and glass to honor the Republic Lifetime Limited Warranty? As always the dealers and the customers suffer."

What's a fair way to handle these displaced dealers? If you're a dealer who's been left out in the cold, how are you handling the situation? Email me to share your stories—confidentially, of course.

The Talk..., Page 2

"What are the hidden costs of the housing crisis?"

Half of our respondents this week are guessing that the ripple effects of our current economic crisis will continue to stretch across the pond for two to five years. Read Page 2 of The Talk...

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