May 13, 2009 | Vol. 4, No. 19
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The Latest...

Guardian Gearing Up to Bring Vacuum Glazing to Market

At the recent American Institute for Architects exhibition in San Francisco, Guardian Industries Corp. reported it it gearing up to introduce its vacuum insulating glass, or VIG, in late 2010... read more


Weather Shield Closing Vinyl Window Plant

Weather Shield told employees last week that it would be closing its Greenwood, Wis., facility and moving production to its plant in Mosinee, Wis...read more


Stock Supply Reorganizing with New Investor

Wolseley plc has entered into a joint venture with The Gores Group LLC, a Los Angeles-based privaty equity firm, to acquire a majority stake in Stock Building Supply...read more 

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The Talk...

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My company:
Has been in touch with our elected officials for years.
Has recently reached out to our elected officials.
Is planning to contact our elected officials.
Does not see this as a high priority.


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John Swanson, 
editor/associate publisher of Window & Door

House Majority Leader John Boehner visited Deceuninck North America this week. His district includes Monroe, Ohio, where the vinyl extruder is one of the largest employers, so he has good reasons to visit the company, learn more about its operations, and hear its concerns.

This is the latest example of what appears to be a trend–our industry speaking up more to Washington officials. Viwinco in Pennsylvania recently hosted its congressman, Serious Materials welcomed Vice President Joe Biden at its Chicago plant, and the Northeast Window & Door Association organized a fly-in to our nation's capitol, where its members met staff from Maine Senator Olympia Snowe's office. 

Given the federal government's increasing influence on our business, this is all to the good.  But I thought I'd use this week's poll try to find out just how widespread this trend is. Is your company trying to interact more with your representatives?  Email me and tell me more.  Let me know if you have hosted a government official at your faciltiy or paid them a visit.  And, of course, I'd like to hear what's on your agenda too.

 

The Talk..., Page 2

"Is the Market Confused?"

Our poll results suggest much of the industry doesn't expect the recent IRS decision to delay implementation of 30/30 requirements until June 1 to have too much of an impact, but the whole affair is drawing lots of comments.

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