September 16, 2009 | Vol. 4, No. 37
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Accent Windows Emerges from Chapter 11

Accent Windows Inc., a  Colorado-based manufacturer of replacement windows and doors, has successfully emerged from Chapter 11...read more


Jeld-Wen to Close Texas Plant

Jeld-Wen Inc. is closing its vinyl window and patio door plant in Corsicana, Texas, according to a report...read more


$10 Million Bond Set for Republic's Gillman

Richard Gillman, one-time CEO of Republic Windows & Doors, was arrested and charged last week with trying to steal from the company, its creditors and employees...read more


Spartech Selling Profile Extrusion Business

Spartech Corp. has entered into an agreement to sell its profile extrusion business located in Winnipeg, Man. to Acrylon Plastics Inc. The Spartech operation serves window and door manufacturers across Canada....read more


New Door Lock Connects with Home Automation Systems

Kwikset, the supplier of residential door hardware industry, introduced a new remote-control access control system at the CEDIA Expo 2009 in Atlanta last week...read more

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Has the Republic saga had an impact on the industry?
Yes, it's had a fairly significant impact.
Yes, but only minor.
No


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John Swanson, editor/associate publisher of Window & Door

As strange as it was to watch the Republic Window & Door story unfold last year, seeing the coverage of Rich Gillman’s arrest and the charges being brought against him is even stranger. I was not particularly well acquainted with him, but I had met him a number of times over the years and had cordial conversations with him. I specifically recall listening to him offer some sound input at an AAMA meeting regarding the association’s marketing plans.

To see Gillman’s mug shot and some pretty damning accusations brought against him is weird—perhaps because he never struck me as “out of the ordinary” for a window industry executive. I’m not going to try and defend everything he did, but it’s hard to see him getting vilified now more than Bernie Madoff—not to mention numerous other Wall Street executives who managed to line their pockets pretty well while our economy tanked last year.

I felt sympathy for Republic’s workers last year, but I knew many other window and door industry employees shared their fate because of the weak markets we all faced. Our poll question this week asks about Republic, but I’m much more interested in hearing your thoughts on this story. Now that Republic’s back in the headlines, how do you feel about everything that happened? Do you hear about Republic much when you converse with builders, homeowners or others outside the industry? What impact has it all had, if any?

      

The Talk..., Page 2

"Are Builders Looking at Windows and Doors to Increase Perceived Value?"

Most of the industry sees builders more focused on cost when it comes to selecting our products ..read more

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