June 22, 2011 | Vol 6, Num 25
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FEI Assets Purchased, Window Unit to Remain Closed

Benada Aluminum Products LLC,  a newly-formed entity owned indirectly by FTL Capital LLC and Benada Aluminum of Florida...read more

New Investor at Bonneville

GBO Inc., the Quebec-based manufacturer of Bonneville Windows & Doors, reports that Montblanc Capital Corp....read more

NARI Study Finds Homeowners Skirting RRP Compliance

Homeowners are telling remodeling contractors that the costs of compliance with the EPA's lead paint regulations..read more

AMD Door Standard Out for Public Comment

The Association of Millwork Distributors has released the second draft of its Side-Hinged Exterior Door System...read more

Tablets a Hot Topic at FeneTech User Conference

Last year, attendees at the annual FeneTech User Conference were holding their breath waiting for the economy to improve. This year, companies are plotting...read more

Congressman Welcomes Simonton to Columbus

U.S. Congressman Pat Tiberi visited the Simonton Windows new corporate headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, last Tuesday...read more

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The Talk...

Will the second half of 2011 be better than the first?
Yes, things are already moving in right direction.
I'm not sure, but I think business will get better.
I don't see much improvement coming.
I expect the second half of the year will be worse.

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John Swanson, editor/associate publisher of Window & Door

Most window and door folks I've talked to recently sound more than a bit disappointed about 2011 to date. Sales are off at many companies and flat at others. It's not what was expected.  

According to our Industry Pulse study featured in our January/February issue this year, 55 percent of our readers predicted sales would increase slightly in 2010 over 2011.  About 15 percent forecast their sales to increase significantly.  It just hasn't happened for a lot of people, I suspect.

So now that we're near the half-way point, how are you feeling about the rest of 2011?  That's our poll question of the week.  And as usual, I'd like you to share your thoughts and any predictions. Will business pick up? Is your market or niche doing okay already? Are we going to have to wait until 2012 for better sales? Post a comment or email me.

And, from all of us at Window & Door, I'd like to add, Happy Fourth of July!  We're extending the celebration and taking next week off at WDweekly, but we'll still post breaking news on WindowandDoor.com.  We'll be back on July 13.


Continuing Conversations...

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