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August 31, 2011
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Fortune Brands Sets Spin-Off Date

The previously-announced spin-off the Fortune Brands Home & Security business, which includes Simonton Windows and Therma Tru Doors, is scheduled for the close of business on October 3....read more

 
ATI Opens Winnipeg Lab
Designed to provide Canadian window and door manufacturers, architects and specifiers with a convenient regional source...read more
 
Andersen Honors Supply Chain Partners

As part of an initiative to promote innovation and sustainability to create advantages...read more

 
ProVia Planning Large Presence at Remodeling Show
For the first time since expanding its product offering to include siding and stone, ProVia is exhibiting...read more
 
WTS Paradigm Helps with Habitat Project

For the third year, WTS Paradigm has supported a local family through Habitat for Humanity of Dane County, Wis. In August...read more

 
The Talk

By John G. Swanson, Editor/Associate Publisher

Visiting Cape Cod this past weekend, I got a first-hand look at a hurricane and also saw the effects of the storm. They were not catastrophic around me by any means, but trees went down and there were widespread power outages. This week's Talk comes from a friend's house as a result of power being down at my own.

Anyway, the storm is on my mind, and I was curious how window and door companies react to such situations.  Certainly it depends on whether your own facilities are impacted or not, but I wanted to know how many businesses, be it manufacturers, distributors or retailers, had plans in place, ready to deploy when such events occur.

That's our poll question of the week.  And as usual, I'd like to hear from you.  Post a comment and tell us about your company's advance planning.  What about your experiences with hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, etc.?  What have you learned?   

Are Your Customers Too Busy?

The answer is a resounding yes....read more

Does your company have a disaster plan in place?
We have a plan if our own operations get hit.
We have a plan to take care of customers quickly.
We have plans both for our own operations and to serve customers quickly.
We have not established any special plans for such events.
 
 
 
The Outside View
Hurricane Irene's Wrath: $7 Billion in Damage
From Efficient Windows Collaborative
New Home Sales Virtually Unchanged in July
From National Association of Home Builders
Is Green Good for Home Resale Value?
From The Washington Post

 
 
 
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