April 15, 2009 | Vol. 4, No. 15
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The Latest...

Cascade and LBL Merging in Northwest
Cascade Windows, based in Spokane, Wash., and LBL Windows, based in Troutdale, Ore., are merging.....read more

Ply Gem Pares Back Manufacturing Again
Ply Gem Industries Inc. intends to consolidate production across several of its manufacturing facilities to improve its overall operating efficiency ...read more

Veka Targeting Nonresidential Market

Veka Inc., the supplier of vinyl window and door extrusions, is launching a new commercial window and door program. Manufactured at Veka's Fombell, Pa., facility, and at other partner locations.. read more

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The Talk...

Will your company see sales gains in 2009 over 2008?

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John Swanson, 
editor/associate publisher of Window & Door

News from Ply Gem this week that it’s consolidating some of its operations serves as a reminder that the road to recovery for this industry is going to be long.  While there have been, to use President Barack Obama’s words, “glimmers of hope,” there are still segments of our business that remain weak. Some companies have reported gains already this year, but others no doubt continue to see challenging conditions in their markets. 

Two weeks ago, I asked whether you thought your company had hit bottom.  The results were fairly positive—given recent history—but inconclusive.  So for our poll question this week, I thought I’d ask a fairly straightforward question about expectations for 2009.  Will your company see sales gains over 2008?   

Let's see if the "glimmers of hope" are just glimmers or whether there's real optimisim in the market.  And let me know your reasons too.  Send me an email and let me know why you think your company—or the industry as a whole—will be better or worse off this coming year.


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"Ready for the Bad Guys?"

Our survey results to last week's poll suggest most window and door companies think they are proactive when it comes to minimizing risk and protecting themselves in the realm of legal claims.

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