December 8, 2010 | Vol 5, Num 48
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Window Tax Credits Could Be Part of Obama Deal
Tax credits for energy efficient home upgrades are part of the agreement reached between Congressional Republicans and President Obama to extend the Bush tax cuts...read more

PGT Consolidating Manufacturing in Florida
PGT Industries is closing its manufacturing plant in Salisbury, N.C., transferring production operations to its headquarters...read more

Window and Door Demand to Top $31 Billion by 2014

Demand for windows and doors in the U.S. will rise 6.6 percent per year to $31.2 billion in 2014, according to a new study...read more


Graham Acquires Keystone Assets

Graham Architectural Products, based in York, Pa., has acquired the inventory, machinery, equipment and other assets from Keystone Industries Window & Screen Systems Inc...read mor

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What Was 2010's Biggest Story?
Continued plant closings
EPA's new lead paint rules
End/potential end of window tax credits
Launch of DOE's R-5 program
Company restructurings
None of the above


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John Swanson, editor & associate publisher of Window & Door

It's that time of year. Time to look back at some of the biggest news stories for the industry in 2010. The economy remained weak, and we had continued plant closings with Jeld-Wen, MI, Pella and other companies shutting down facilities. Other companies, including Atrium, International Aluminum and Stock Building Supply restructured, going through the bankruptcy process, but managing to stay open for business.

Government activity seemed to play a much bigger role in our business this year than in the past. Tax credits for energy efficient products passed in 2009 continued to boost replacement window and door sales in 2010.  Many companies are still seeing a flurry of activity as homeowners try to take advantage of the $1,500 credit before it expires at year end. Of course, we also had the implement of the Environmental Protection Agency's new lead paint rules that have changed the way a lot of work is done. And, finally, the Department of Energy launched a program to promote sales of R-5 windows.

What do you think was the biggest industry story of 2010?  That's our poll question of the week.  And, please note, we are offering a "None of the above" option, but if you choose that, we want you to submit a write-in vote and we'll do our best to track those as well.  Of course, we want to hear from you.  What 2010 developments will have the biggest long term impact on the industry? Was it a product trend?  Was it the launch of  the iPad?  Emali me or post a comment.  

 

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