May 4, 2011 | Vol 6, Num 18
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Florida Extruders Files for Chapter 11

One-time manufacturer of Milestone Windows, Florida Extruders International Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week with plans to sell off assets...read more


Pella Kentucky Plant Hit by Storm

Severe storms and high winds damaged Pella Corp.'s Kentucky plant on April 25...read more


U.S. Aluminum Extruders Applaud ITC Vote
The United States International Trade Commission has reached a final determination in its antidumping and countervailing duty investigations of imports of aluminum extrusions from China...read more

Quanex Launches Online Screen Business

ScreenItAgain.com, a new online shopping portal for made-to-order window and door replacement screens and grilles, has been launched by Quanex Building Products...read more


A Tool for Class Action Prevention

A special Legal Alert prepared by Paul Gary of Gary Law Group...read more


Feldco Adds Wisconsin Showroom

Feldco Factory Direct, a window and siding dealer based in Des Plaines, Ill., has opened its newest office in Northern Wisconsin...read more

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How will your company's 2011 replacement /remodeling sales compare with those in 2010?
Up more than 15%
Up between 5% and 15%
Down, but less than 5%
Down, more than 5%


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John Swanson, editor/associate publisher of Window & Door

Sure, there were concerns about a tax credit hangover in the replacement and remodeling market as the year began, but most industry folks I talked to were talking positively about 2011. It might not be a gangbuster year, but I got the sense that most window and door manufacturers and dealers in this segment were looking for growth.

Unfortunately, we've been getting mixed signals of late. On the positive side, NAHB's Remodeling Market Index is at its highest level in four years. BuildFax, which recently launched its own index of remodeling activity, said February 2011 was 20 percent stronger than February 2010. It was also the 20th straight month of improving numbers.

Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies pulled back on its projections for growth in remodeling spending, however. "Given all the economic uncertainty that we’re seeing nationally, the home improvement recovery is expected to be rocky," said Eric S. Belsky, managing director, in the center's latest release.  Hanley Wood also joined in recently with a less than rosy report that remodeling activity declined for the first quarter of 2011.

So what are you expecting now?  Will replacement and remodeling sales grow at your company in 2011?  That's our poll question of the week.  And, of course, I'd like to hear from you. What's the recent upsurge in gas prices going to do? What about the seemingly endless stalemate on dealing with the federal deficit?  Will the end of Osama bin Laden provide a jolt of optimism?  Post your comment or email me and share your thoughts.

 

Continuing Conversations...

"Does PowerSaver Strike the Right Balance?"

The industry does not expect the new loan program to have a big impact..read more

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