July 8, 2009 | Vol. 4, No. 27
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The Latest...

Tru Tech USA Hosting Grand Opening Today

Tru Tech Doors, a Canadian door manufacturer, today formally announced its expansion into the U.S. market, with plans to host a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony.. read more

Stock Emerges from Chapter 11 with Focus on 19 Markets

Stock Building Supply Holdings LLC announced last week it had successfully completed its financial restructuring and has emerged from Chapter 11...read more

Eurocraft Manufacturing German Tilt-Turn Systems in Florida

Formerly an importer of the Kömmerling Tilt & Turn windows and doors, Eurocraft Industries Inc. has established a manufacturing facility in Largo, Fla...read more

Texas Distributor Files for Chapter 11

Bison Building Materials, based in Houston, Texas, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The building products distributor employs more than 500 people...read more

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The Talk...

The cap-and-trade bill passed by the House will be:
Good for the industry and the country
Bad for industry, but good for country
Good for industry, but bad for country
Bad for industry and country

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John Swanson, editor/associate publisher of Window & Door

The House passed its American Clean Energy and Security Act just prior to its July Fourth recess and the "cap-and-trade" bill, if enacted into law, would produce sweeping changes for the country.  Supporters argue that such a law must be passed to help our country do its share to reduce global warming, as well as make us more energy independent. Opponents refer to the bill as a "cap and tax" proposal that will cost consumers and damage the economy.

The large-scale impact of such a system has many industries opposed to the bill and others for it.  The House bill certainly has provisions that could impact the window and door industry. Notably, energy code requirements would be ratcheted down significantly. Additionally, there would be funding for programs designed to encourage home and building owners to increase the energy efficiency of existing structures.

Do you think such a law would be good for our industry?  That's our poll question of the week, and as usual, I'd like to hear your thoughts on the issue.  Is it too much?  Should we as a nation do more?  Should the industry be looking to enhance the legislation with any specific provisions as the battle moves to the Senate?  Email me and let me know what you think.

The Talk..., Page 2

"What Does the Emergence of China as #1 Window and Door Market Mean to Us?"

Some think no longer being the biggest fish in the pond will have a negative impact, but most respondents say losing "the world's largest market" status will have a little effect...read more

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