October 21, 2009 | Vol 4, Num 42
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White House Unveils Plan to Increase Home Retrofit Activity

Vice President Biden today unveiled Recovery Through Retrofit, a plan designed to expand green job opportunities and boost energy savings by making homes more energy efficient...read more

New Legislation Ties Tax Credits to Energy Star

The Window & Door Manufacturers Association is applauding new legislation introduced by Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) that would modify the existing tax credit...read more

Remodeling Show Set for Indy Next Week

After years out West and back East, the Remodeling Show returns to the Midwest this year. The annual exhibition and conference, targeted at remodelers, replacement contractors and dealers, opens next week...read more

Crystalite Launches 30/30 Skylight

Everett, Wash.-based Crystalite Inc. reports it is the first manufacturer to offer a skylight listed with the National Fenestration Rating Council meeting the .30/.30 tax credit criteria...read more

Seeing Continued Growth, Inline Adds Facility

Toronto-based Inline Fiberglass Ltd. recently acquired an 80,000-square-foot facility in nearby Mississauga, Ont...read more

Crystal to Integrate Chicago Affiliate into National Operations

In an effort to increase its market presence, Crystal Window & Door Systems has initiated steps to integrate its Chicago-based affiliate manufacturer operations...read more

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The Talk...

My impression is that in the window and door industry:
Treats workers as well as most industries.
Compares favorably with residential construction, but may fall short of other industries.
Probably has more problems than we'd like to admit.
I'm not sure.

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Christina Lewellen, senior editor of Window & Door

I subscribe to the adage that you either pay it now, or you pay it later. A court ruling in California says Building Materials Holding Corp. of Boise, Idaho, allegedly opted to pay it later. Workers for that company claim the distributor and construction services provider neglected to pay them federally-mandated overtime wages. Though asserting it did no wrong, BMHC agreed to settle, even as it progresses through a bankruptcy filing.

This case, along with all the notoriety achieved by Republic Windows, made me wonder, how does the window and door industry do on the labor front?  With this week's poll, I'm not asking about YOUR company, but how do you think our industry stacks up on the whole against other industries when it comes to wage and fair labor issues. Residential construction is often seen as a problem area, but are there legitimate concerns about our segment of the business? Even if you have no direct observation, do you hear rumors about underpaid plant workers and installers? Please send me an email, confidentially, of course, and share your thoughts.


The Talk..., Page 2

"Will the EPA Bring More Change?"

Many in the industry do expect more aggressive Energy Star numbers..read more

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