February 2, 2011 | Vol 6, Num 5
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The Latest...

Quanex Sees Growth with Edgetech

On Monday, two long-time competitors in flexible, warm-edge spacer technologies were brought under one roof as Quanex Building Products...read more

WDMA Forms Political Action Committee

The Window and Door Manufacturers Association has filed the appropriate papers with the Federal Election Commission...read more

EPA Seeking Feedback on LRRP Costs

The Environmental Protection Agency has published an information collection request for the costs and burdens to firms engaged in activities...read more

New Company Seeking Replacement Door Dealers

Grand Mark Solutions, a new affiliate operation off HighMark Digital Inc., has been started to establish a dealer network...read more

Intek Reduces Energy Consumption

Intek Plastics Inc. reports it has reduced its energy consumption by 17 percent in the first year of a Joint Energy Efficiency Plan...read more

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The Talk...

Do you foresee more M&A activity in the window and door industry in 2011?
Yes, it will increase significantly compared to last year.
Yes, but it won't be a big increase.

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John Swanson, editor & associate publisher of Window & Door

Monday's announcement that Quanex was acquiring Edgetech was a bit of a surprise on its own, but it also comes on the heels of four other industry acquisitions announced during the first month of 2011.  For those of you not keeping track, Hurd has also acquired Superseal, a local investor group bought Fen-Tech, a French company acquired Lapco in Quebec and a private equity firm acquired Patio Enclosures Inc.

Each deal had its own circumstances and logic, I'm sure, but it's enough to make you wonder if we're seeing the beginning of a trend.  That's our poll question of the week, and, as usual, I'd like to hear from you too.  Are these acquisitions a sign of an improving economy?  An improving industry outlook?  Or is all coincidence? 

And what about the rest of 2011?  Do you foresee more deals?  Will more companies look to buy competitors? Will more look to buy companies that can help them expand into new territories or add new product lines?  Will private equity groups take a greater interest in our industry?  Post a comment or email me and let me know what you expect will be happening on the M&A front in the coming year.


Continuing Conversations...

"Packers or Steelers?"

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