July 28, 2010 | Vol 5, Num 30
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GlassBuild America Prospects Strengthening
The window and door market may not be the picture of health yet, but it is recovering. Those strengthening conditions are boding well for  GlassBuild...read more

What's on Display in Las Vegas

An advance look at products, components,  equipment, and services targeted at the residential window and door business to be featured at GlassBuild America in September...read more


Coppola Leading New Quanex Initiative

Quanex Building Products Corp. has named August "Gus" Coppola senior vice president. Previously president of Quanex's Truseal Technologies, Coppola is leading Project Nexus...read more

Champion Employees Nix Union

Production workers at the Champion Window manufacturing plant in Sharonville, Ohio, have voted against...read more

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The Talk...

In recent times, our company has:
Stuck with our model of using employees only.
Continued to use a mix of employees and subcontractors.
Shifted to more subcontractors.
Shifted to less/no subcontractors.
Continued to rely on subcontractors only.

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Christina Lewellen, senior editor of Window & Door

This week, my hat's off to Replacement Contractor editor Jim Cory for a fabulous topic worthy of some Talk... In his recent article, he explores how some home improvement companies have shifted the way they approach installation. He highlights how some companies used to use all in-house employees to install products and now they've shifted to using some subcontractors—often with impressive results to the bottom line.

The article does highlight some window and door companies so it sparked my interest in running a poll this week to see what our readers are seeing. Are you, as a dealer, distributor or manufacturer involved in installed sales, changing the way you get windows and doors into holes as a result of the economy? Have you subbed out some of your jobs to trusted, local tradesmen and women who happen to be out of a job?

Please send me an email to tell me how the economic conditions have changed the way you handle installations. And if you're sticking to your guns and preserving your time-tested business model, I'd love to hear about that too.


The Talk..., Page 2

"Do You Agree with Ducker?"

A lot of readers seem to think the market research firm may be too optimistic..read more

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