July 22, 2009 | Vol. 4, No. 29
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Solar Innovations Moves into New Green Facility

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Serious Targets Weatherization Assistance Projects
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TV Report Charges Misrepresentation of Foam-Filled Windows

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Suppliers Expanding Presence at Upcoming GlassBuild
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Graham Acquires FM Enterprises

Graham Architectural Products has acquired FM Enterprises, a Merrill, Wis., based manufacturer of curtain wall windows, storefront windows and doors, and sunshades.  ...read more

Champion Earns Green Seal Certification

After an extensive, year-long process, Champion Window & Patio Room Co. has earned Green Seal certification for its window, door and patio room products...read more

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The Talk...

By the middle of 2010, the workforce at our company will be increased by:
More than 100 people
50 to 100 people
20 to 50 people
1 to 20 people
Actually, our workforce is likely to be smaller then.

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John Swanson, editor/associate publisher of Window & Door

The Federal Reserve came out with a new report that suggested a "jobless recovery," according to the article noted above from the Washington Post.  The overall economy could begin to start growing again before year end, it was noted, but unemployment levels are likely to continue their rise to about 10 percent by year-end, and may not come down all that quickly.

We've seen a mixed picture in our own industry over the past several months. Some companies have brought back workers, but we're still seeing cutbacks as well.  So I wondered if our industry is going to see a "jobless recovery" as well.  Or will window and door companies start hiring more workers over the next year or so?

That's our poll question of the week, and, of course, I'd like your feedback too. If your company's going to add or bring back workers, is it because the market's recovering? Are you targeting new segments? Even if you don't think you'll need more workers, you can email me and let me know what you think.

The Talk..., Page 2

"Where Will You Go in the Fall?"

Companies are still keeping a close eye on spending, and while people are still hitting the road, they may not be doing so quite so often..read more

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