December 15, 2010 | Vol 5, Num 49
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Weaker Credit in Latest Tax Legislation
Compromise tax legislation extending the Bush tax cuts released last week includes a significantly reduced tax credit for more

Masonite Closing Several Lifetime Plants

After acquiring the assets of Lifetime Doors in October, Masonite International is now planning to close five of its six more

Fortune Brands to Break Up into Separate Businesses
Simonton Windows and Therma-Tru Doors will be part of a new company focused on home and security more

Weather Shield Plans More Layoffs

Moving to consolidate production capacity to match market demand, Schield Family Brands plans to move certain assembly lines from its plant in Park Falls, more

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This year, my company got involved with charities by:
Donating money
Volunteering as a group to help a cause
Donating food, toys, and other items to those in need
"Adopting" families, children, soldiers, etc.
A combination of the above initiatives
None of the above

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Christina Lewellen, senior editor of Window & Door

It's been a tough year for many businesses and individuals, no doubt, but it's an even tougher landscape for the charities and nonprofit organizations aiming to help those in need. This holiday season, I keep hearing and reading about how charities are struggling to collect the funds and other donations they need to fulfill their missions.

This article, for example, points out that even if your funds are limited, there are still ways to get involved and make an impact this season.

Through the years, I have come across many companies in the window and door industry that make charitable giving a priority, especially around the holidays. Veka is a great recent example.  I'm hoping that by bringing up the topic and running the poll this week, we can Talk a little bit about what your company is doing to help others this year. In tooting your own horn a little bit, you may share some ideas with other companies who opted not to get involved this year due to financial limitations.

Please send me an email or post a comment to share some stories about how you and/or your company is giving back this season. It's been a tough year for our industry, but I'm hoping your numerous responses will show that, despite the economic conditions, we can all find ways to dig deeper and give back to those less fortunate.

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