March 4, 2009
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Mixed Reaction on New Tax Credits
The $1,500 tax credit established as part of the stimulus package is attracting some applause from the industry, as well as significant criticism. ... read more

Court Approves Serious Bid for Republic Assets
Serious Materials Inc. has received approval from the bankruptcy court and closed the acquisition of certain assets and primarily production equipment of the former Republic Windows & Doors plant based in Chicago. ... read more

Masonite Seeks Approval for Restructuring Plan
Masonite International Inc. has reached an agreement with a group of creditors on restructuring plans that will enable the company to significantly reduce its outstanding debt. ... read more

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The Talk...

e-Poll
With the new tax credit requirements, our company:
Is ready to go with qualifying products in our line.
Is looking at new potential vendors to upgrade line.
Does not have qualifying product, but does not plan to change.


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John Swanson,
associate publisher/
editor
of Window & Door

"The word is out and it's amazing how the phone is just ringing off the hook!" That's what one manufacturer that offers windows qualifying for the new tax credit recently told me. One glass supplier also reported a significant uptick in window manufacturer inquiries into its higher-performance low-E products.

I suspect the sudden shift to the 30/30 requirements in the stimulus package has a number of companies scrambling for new sources of supply. How much of the industry will have to change quickly, I don't know. I'm still waiting for NFRC to tell me how many manufacturers in their database offer qualifying products. But I thought I would use this week's poll to get a better handle on the situation.

And if you'd like to share your stories, we'd love to hear them. Are you looking for new vendors? Are you seeing a surge in calls from customers looking to meet the new requirements? Send me an email and tell me about it.

The Talk..., Page 2

"Would a stronger industry lobbying effort be beneficial?"

Well, there weren't a lot of direct responses to our poll question this week. Read Page 2 of The Talk...

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