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October 5, 2011
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Fortune Brands 'Ready to Set Out on Our Own'

The parent company of Simonton Windows and Therma Tru Doors began its first full day as an independent home and security products company yesterday...read more

 
Onex Completes Jeld-Wen Deal

The Toronto-based investment group completed its previously-announced $871 million investment on Monday...read more

 
Quaker Expanding Production Operations

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon visited Quaker Window Products this week, as the company announced plans to invest $11.4 million to expand...read more

 
Caldwell Adds Unique Balance Operations

The Rochester, N.Y.-based company will be producing, selling and servicing product lines that were previously sold under the Unique Balance name....read more

 
Sustainable Door Standard Issued by UL

UL Environment has released UL ISR 102, a new set of standards designed to help gauge the environmental and human health impacts of door slabs...read more

 
 
More News
Industry Makes Progress on LCAs
Solar Decathlon Highlights High Performance
New Video Explains Window Condensation
MI Begins Phase II of EnergyCore Launch
The Talk

By John G. Swanson, Editor/Associate Publisher

An electronic newsletter came to me yesterday from Abe Gaskins at MGM Industries.  He is an active blogger and the Tennessee vinyl window maker's website is filled with his wisdom on a variety of topics. This week he talks about search engine optimization and blogging and how it can translate into leads.  He says it's working for MGM and its dealer customers and he encourages his company's dealers to start doing it too.

I know many dealers and manufacturers are definitely out there on the internet doing the same thing.  I also know many are not.  Sure, most have a website, but blogging, tweeting, Facebook, etc., are not high on the priority list.  Are you like Abe?  Active and seeing the results?  Or are you focused on other things?  Is lack of internet activity hurting you?  With this week's poll, I thought I would see what's happening out there in the industry.

Of course, Id' like to hear from you too.  Post a comment and tell us what you're doing online.  What's working? What isn't?  There's some great stuff out there, by the way, like the latest video from Mathews Brothers. Sometimes it's educational, sometimes it's humorous, and we'd like to share more, so send us the links too. 

Tax Credit for 2012?

Most respondents think the industry should push for them again, but a sizable minority says no...read more

When it comes to the internet and social media--
My company is active and benefiting as a result.
My company is active, but hasn't seen a lot of results.
My company's activity is limited, but it doesn't seem to have an impact.
My company's activity is limited, and it is hurting us.
 
 
 
The Outside View
More of the Same for Housing as Economy Remains Weak
From NAHB Eye on the Economy
How Did Homeowners Use the Remodeling Tax Credit?
From National Association of Home Builders
Pella Gives Award to Overland
From Fremont (Neb.) Tribune
How One Firm Survived the Down Housing Market
From Pioneer Press

 
 
 
Recent Introductions

Smart Window Sensor
from Bronze Craft

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