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
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.
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