March 18, 2009 | Vol 4, Num 11
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DOE Issues New 2010 Energy Star Proposals
The Department of Energy issued its revised 2010 draft criteria for the Energy Star windows, doors and skylights program. DOE officials state that changes were made from previous proposals based on industry feedback, the new tax credit more

Masonite Initiates Reorganization Plan
Masonite International Inc. says it will voluntarily file for bankruptcy protection from creditors as part of a pre-approved plan to reduce its debt.  Having received approval from its bank lenders and bondholders, the door maker more

Serious Re-Opens Former Kensington Plant

 With state and local officials on hand to mark the occasion, Serious Materials, the California-based sustainable building materials supplier, re-opened the former Kensington Windows plant in Vandergrift, Pa... read more


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The Talk...

The new text credit has:
Has increased the number of calls we're getting.
has already led to more sales
has had no impact.

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John Swanson,
editor/associate publisher
of Window & Door

Okay, we've been hearing lots from you about the new tax credits for energy efficient windows and doors. Last week, we asked for a straight up-and-down vote from readers on whether they approved of the new 30/30 standards or disapproved and thought they should be changed.

This week, I'd like to hear whether or not they're having the stimulative effect desired.  So our poll question again is fairly simple.  Whether you approve or disapprove of the numbers selected for qualification, are you seeing an increase in activity at your company?

We've been hearing from a number of manufacturers, dealers and even suppliers already, but I'd like to hear more.  If you've seen an uptick in calls or sales, email me and tell me about them.  If not, tell me that too.  And maybe share your own views on what kind of stimulus would work for your company. .

The Talk..., Page 2

"Do you agree with the 30/30 provisions?"

This week's survey results in response to last week's Talk couldn't have split more evenly.

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