June 10, 2009 | Vol. 4, No. 23
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Philips Products to be Closed

Philips Products Inc., the manufacturer of windows and doors for the manufactured housing, recreational vehicle and residential markets, is being closed down by its parent.. read more

Bystronic Preparing to Launch New Sashlite Manufacturing Line

Bystronic Glass Inc., the global supplier of glass processing equipment, reports it is developing a fully automated vertical manufacturing line for the fabrication of Sashlite windows that is set to be unveiled at the GlassBuild America show...read more

Tru Tech Re-Opening Virginia Door Plant

Deciding it was the "right time and the right place," Tru Tech Doors is re-opening a Fredericksburg, Va., door manufacturing facility previously operated by Therma Tru Doors...read more

Jeld-Wen Closing Oshkosh Door Plant

Jeld-Wen Inc. plans to close its door manufacturing plant in Oshkosh, Wis., on Aug. 7...read more 

Laid-Off Production Workers Now All Back at Gorell

Gorell Windows & Doors recently recalled the last of its furloughed employees and now is accepting applications to fill additional positions....read more

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The Talk...

Will more window and door plants re-open when the economy recovers?
Yes, a substantial number
Yes, but only a handful
No, demand will just not be that strong
No, companies will look at new locations when they need to expand

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John Swanson, editor/associate publisher of Window & Door

For better or worse, the headlines in today's WDweekly present a real snapshot of the today's economic landscape. Read just about any forecast or outlook today, and it's likely it will include a mix of optimistic signals that the worst is over, but also cautionary notes that the struggles will continue for some time before the economy can truly be considered healthy.

Among this week's stories, I was struck most however, by the news that Canadian door maker Tru Tech is re-opening a former Therma Tru plant.  Of course, we've all heard about Serious Materials' efforts to re-open closed plants, and some of the larger manufacturers that have shut down facilities have indicated that they do hope to re-open them when demand comes back.  So, given eventual economic strengthening, will many more plants come back to life?

That's our poll question of the week, and as usual, I'd like hear your thoughts on the potential for new window and door plants and/or re-openings?  I know there are plenty of companies with eyes toward future growth out there.  Would you look to re-open facility that might have an already trained workforce nearby?  Would you prefer to start fresh?  Let me know what you think.


The Talk..., Page 2

"Do You Use the "L" Word?"

Not surprisingly, our poll results indicate that lay-offs in the industry have been widespread...read more

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