June 2, 2010 | Vol 5, Num 22
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The Latest...

Ply Gem Plans to Go Public

Filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission last Friday, Ply Gem Holding Inc. is planning an initial public offering...read more

R-5 Windows Site Goes Live

With an official progam launch taking place at the National Association of Home Builders headquarters in Washington, D.C...read more

Apex Aims for 30 Markets in Five Years

Most recently establishing licensees in Nashville, Chicago and Washingon, D.C., Apex Energy Solutions aims to be selling replacement windows...read more

House Bill Would Phase Out .30/.30

The Window and Door Manufacturers Association is applauding passage of legislation in the House last week...read more

Hy-Lite/US Block Reports Sales Increase

In an encouraging sign of economic rebound, Hy-Lite/U S Block Windows sales during the second quarter of 2010 increased more than 30 percent...read more

The Outside View...

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The Talk...

Are investors looking at window and door industry again?
Yes, and they have been for awhile.
Yes, they are coming back now.
No, the recovery in our markets is still too far off.

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John Swanson, editor/associate publisher of Window & Door

When PGT Industries went public in 2006, window and door sales were already starting to decline, but no one was predicting a freefall. The overall market, including PGT's opportunities to expand both its impact product sales and regionally, provided reasonable growth prospects for potential investors.

Now four years and one economic meltdown later, Ply Gem is testing the waters with investors. With the IPO, the company's current ownership obviously hopes Wall Street thinks that housing and remodeling markets are starting to recover. Are they right?

Of course, I'd like to hear from you. Email me and let me know what you think.  Will we see more investors coming into the window and door industry again?

The Talk..., Page 2

"Pushback from the Historic Market?"

Last week's Talk drew an unexpectedly large response from historic preservationists who are not fans of replacement windows and doors..read more

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