March 2, 2011 | Vol 6, Num 9
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Quanex Acquires Jeld-Wen Extrusion Plant

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WDMA to Host Technical Conference

The Window & Door Manufacturers Association is planning its 13th technical conference for June in Grand Rapids...read more


New Marvin Dealer in New England
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Royal Adds U.S. Distribution Center
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Soft-Lite Expands Finishing Capabilites
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Will we see a relatively busy spring?
No, we’re still seeing weak demand
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Christina Lewellen, senior editor of Window & Door

The days are getting longer, the weather is tumultuous in many parts of the country and the media has circled back around to its seasonal topics of home sales and home improvement. It's beginning to feel a bit like Spring.

Nationwide, home improvement companies have been beefing up staff to deal with the busier Spring selling season, making headlines with reporters who have been quite comfortable reporting from a "doldrums" perspective for some time. Some reports are even light and encouraging home improvement ventures, including this report that highlights jobs that are likely to require a professional (yes, windows and doors made the list).

Traditionally slow, January was a tough month for the industry this year. Many window and door companies reported a significant tax credit hangover as we started 2011. What I’d like to know this week is if things are picking up as we head into the spring home improvement season? Do you think we’ve worked through the fall-off in demand that resulted from the tax credits? With the overall economy having made some strides, do you expect to have a decent spring?
Please take a moment to vote in our poll and send me an email or post a comment  to share your thoughts. Will March progress like a lion or a lamb?

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