November 11, 2009 | Vol 4, Num 45
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The Latest...

Kolbe to Lay Off 300 Production and Office Workers

Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co. Inc. is laying off 334 of its production and office employees as a result of the continuing decline in the residential and light commercial construction industry...read more


Congress Extends Home Buyer Tax Credit

Congress passed legislation last week that will extend and expand the $8,000 first-time home buyer tax credit. The bill was signed into law by President Obama...read more


ICC Moves Toward One Set of Residential Energy Codes

AAMA Code Consultant Julie Ruth reports from the ICC code development hearings concluding this week in Baltimore...read more


Masonite Adds Israeli Door Maker

Masonite Inc., the manufacturer of interior and exterior doors, has acquired the assets of 7 Tech, an Israeli-based steel security and safety door business...read more


Architectural Testing Adds New England
Architectural Testing Inc. has opened a new laboratory in Chelmsford, Mass., to offer performance testing of fenestration products and systems to window and door manufacturers...read more

New Group to Buy Stock Supply Locations

Two private equity firms form US LBM Holdings to acquire three regional operations from Stock Building Supply LLC. The new company consists of pro dealer operations serving Wisconsin, Central New York and Connecticut...read more

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The Talk...

e-Poll
Recent business headlines make me feel:
Slightly more confident that we're nearing the end
Not exacly more confident, but not any worse
Significantly more confident
No different. My mindset's still pretty negative.


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Christina Lewellen, senior editor of Window & Door

Well, well, well. Could it be that U.S. businesses are coming out of their collective coma? Despite the latest unemployment data, there are some encouraging numbers floating around the headlines. Among my favorites is the report that companies are slowly but surely starting to invest in equipment and software.

(I can think of a few of my buddies in the industry who would breathe a huge sigh of relief if this were indeed the case among window and door manufacturers!)

That good news also comes with reports of housing indexes on the rise and global manufacturing data moving in the right direction.  Sure, the growth numbers are not staggering—only 1 percent in the case of equipment and software purchases—but it's still growth. According to the report, some companies had saved for a rainy day. Others are trying to make their existing workforce more productive and still others are dumping the money into upgrading older systems. This business spending is particularly important to the economy as consumers are still playing close to the vest in terms of parting with their cash.

While I would love to hear your company's story of investing for the future in these categories, my poll question this week is actually a little more touchy-feely. I'm not doing cartwheels, but some recent encouraging headlines have me breathing a little easier. What about you?

The Talk..., Page 2

"Is Weatherization for You?"

The industry appears to be fairly evenly divided on whether or not to pursue these projects..read more

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