February 18, 2009 | Vol 4, Num 7
W&D Weekly, Delivering the Fenestration Industry to Your Desktop

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The Latest...

Window Tax Credits Get Stimulus Boost
The $789 billion compromise stimulus bill negotiated by House and Senate leaders could boost window and door sales. ... read more

Industry Executives Laud Stimulus Plan
Replacement window company executives expect the stimulus package provision providing homeowners with a tax credit for qualifying energy efficient to have a real impact. ... read more

WDMA to Step Up Advocacy and Education

"We are at a moment where political decisions are going to have more repercussions for this industry and for all industries than any of us have seen before,” said Andrei Cherni of Democracy Magazine. ... read more

Roll-A-Cover Expanding in Europe
Roll-A-Cover International, the manufacturer of retractable enclosure systems, is expanding into Europe. ... read more

The Outside View...

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The Talk...

I think the economic stimulus bill will impact the window and door industry:
Positively—the bigger tax credit will help boost sales
Neutrally—the credit may help but there are confidence and financing issues to resolve too
Negatively—this credit is unlikely to get things moving

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Christina Lewellen,
senior editor
of Window & Door
Leaving all the politics aside, President Obama's economic stimulus package has, in my opinion, some pretty decent provisions for the window and door industry. Could it be more? Sure. But it's certainly better than the menial incentives we've had for energy efficiency upgrades in the last few years.

The stimulus bill includes language that gives homeowners a credit of 30 percent of the cost of qualifying energy efficient upgrade up to a maximum $1,500 per household for 2009 and 2010.  Upgrades will include Energy Star qualified windows, doors and skylights. This is much better than the $200 for windows and $500 for doors we've had in previous years.

Do you think $1,500 is a decent carrot? Will this credit, along with the homebuyer credits, get business moving again in the fenestration industry? Send me an email and share your thoughts.

The Talk..., Page 2

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The interest in big doors is big in our industry. Read Page 2 of The Talk...

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