December 16, 2009 | Vol 4, No 50
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New EPA Lead Rules to Impact Replacement Industry

In April 2010, new Environmental Protection Agency rules go into effect requiring that contractors "take the proper precautions to work lead-safe, including minimizing the dust, containing the work area, and conducting a thorough cleanup to reduce the potential exposure associated with disturbing lead-based paint"...read more


New Manufacturer Starts Up in Florida

National Fenestration Products, a manufacturer of windows, doors, entrances and storefronts, recently began operations in Pompano Beach, Fla...read more


WDDA Planning Dealer Forum Next Year

The Window & Door Dealers Alliance is planning an inaugural Window & Door Dealers Forum to be held next year in conjunction with GlassBuild America...read more


Crystal's Chen Named to Fed Advisory Group

Steve Chen of Crystal Window & Door Systems, has accepted an invitation to join the Advisory Council on Small Business ...read more


Survey Finds Pent-Up Demand for Improvements
A new study from Pella Corp. suggests plenty of items in homes across the country are calling for urgent attention...read more

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Christina Lewellen, senior editor of Window & Door

Because we didn't have enough to keep us on our toes next year, the window and door industry has yet another challenge on its hands. A challenge, I'm expecting, that may catch more than a few companies off guard.

I'm talking about the lead paint handling rules slated to go into effect in April 2010 that would apply to all companies doing replacement projects in homes built before 1978. We report on the pending requirements this week, and while there's still a few details to be ironed out, there's little doubt that these new requirements will impact a significant chunk of the industry—and could add a significant chunk to homeowners' window and door replacement costs.

Tell me the truth: Are you prepared for these lead paint rules? Dealers, have you thought about the extra training this will entail? Manufacturers, what are you doing to support your supply chain partners? Please send me an email to share. Are you ready, or not?

One more note: We will publish our next WDweekly on January 6, 2010.  In the meantime, we will continue to update our Web site with important industry news. 

Happy Holidays and All the Best for the New Year from Window & Door!

The Talk..., Page 2

"Will 'Cash for Caulkers' Help the Industry?"

A sizeable majority of respondents think a government program to stimulate energy efficient upgrades would be good for their companies. And President Obama says the idea is "sexy"...read more

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