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W&D Weekly
October 26, 2011
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New Doors and More at AMD Exhibition

Nashville, Tenn.—Busy aisles and an influx of new exhibitors marked the opening of the Association of Millwork more

AMD Members Urged to Survive to Thrive

Nashville, Tenn.—“Don’t worry about those forecasts that say we may get a double-dip recession,” said McCoy Building Supply’s John N. more

Champion in Houston Closing
According to an article in the Houston Business Journal, Champion Window, owned by Atrium Windows & more
Haeco Names Canadian Distributor

Quebec-based JRC Machinery Inc. has been named as an authorized dealer of Haeco and more

Therma-Tru Sees Growing Demand for Decorative Lites

Based on independent research studies conducted over the past several years, homeowner demand for decorative more

Bonneville Enters Bankruptcy

GBO Inc., manufacturer of Bonneville windows and doors, which ceased operations about a month more

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The Talk

By Christina Lewellen, Senior Editor
Last week, Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies released the results of its Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) study that indicates the home improvement market will falter in the early part of next year. The researchers expect the fourth quarter of 2011 will end up with home improvement spending at a pace of about $111 billion per year year.  Consumers will then pause a bit in the first quarter of 2012, with that figure slipping down to about $105 billion, before rebounding somewhat in the second quarter of next year.
“After pulling through the worst of the downturn in home improvement spending, we appear to be entering another period of softening,” says Eric Belsky, managing director of the center. “The ups and downs in the economy are being reflected in home improvement activity.”
Are these fits and starts reflected in your business as well? Aside from the seasonality of the industry, are you preparing for these fluctuating spending trends when considering your books for the rest of this year and the first part of next year?
I’d like to hear how your business is remaining agile and flexible in order to absorb these spending ups and downs. Please take a moment to vote in our Talk poll for the week, and then send me an email or post a comment to share your experiences.
What Do You Think of New Energy Star Criteria?

It would seem the industry has a divided more

Compared to the Harvard forecast, we expect our business to:
Be about the same...down early in 2012 and then back up
Struggle more...down but without much of a rebound
Outperform...stay up or have a better bounce-back
The Outside View
Home Remodeling Activity to Remain Weak Through First Half of 2012
From Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies
Presidential Hopefuls Must Address Housing Issues
From National Association of Home Builders
Real Pane to Break: Integrity Windows Puts Product to Test vs. West Fargo Slapshots
From The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead
Queens Door Maker Says It May Be Forced to Leave City
From New York Daily News
Simple Genius: A Sliding Door Handle That Opens And Locks With One Intuitive Motion
From Fast Company Design

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Top-Hung Patio Door Screen
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