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W&D Weekly
December 7, 2011
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Western Windows Gears Up for Growth

Reporting a 40 percent increase in sales this year, Western Window Systems has added 30 people to its workforce in recent more

Haddon to Focus on Door Products
Due in part to the success of its SecuraSeal sliding patio door, Haddon Windows & Doors is planning to discontinue window more
AAMA Seeks Better Tax Incentives for Energy Efficient Products

Seeking to reduce severe unemployment in the construction industry, the American Architectural Manufacturers more

New Bill Seeks to 'Cut Energy Bills at Home'

Three senators have introduced a new bill that would provide tax incentives for home performance more

Window & Door Launches International Builders' Show Preview

Now online, an advance look at window and door industry offerings at next February's International Builders' Show in more

More News
'Durabuilt Dudes' Raise $15,000 for MOvember
NanaWall Adds Chicago Showroom
New Name for Stork Materials Technology
Viwinco Redesigns Website
The Talk

By John G. Swanson, Editor/Associate Publisher

Single-family home sales were up 1.3 percent for the month of October. Builder confidence, as measured by NAHB, has increased slightly each of the past two months. Challenges persist in the housing market, says David Crowe, NAHB's chief economist, but he also predicts "modest, gradual" improvements heading into 2012.

Are positive numbers trickling into your business yet?  Are you feeling more confident about window and/or door sales?  I thought I'd use this week's poll to find out.

And, of course, we'd like to hear from you. If you've seen improvements in past few months, let us know.  Are they coming from specific markets? Regions? Products? We do hear some success stories–see this week's news from Western Window Systems–and we'd love to hear more.  Unfortunately, however, a lot of the feedback we've received from the industry heading into 2012 has been more cautious than confident. Post a comment and tell us what you see happening.

Was Your Black Friday Record-Breaking?

Window and door professionals appear to be tightening their more

Has your business seen signs of "modest, gradual" improvement?
The Outside View
Weak Housing Market Beginning to Lean in the Right Direction
From NAHB Eye on the Economy
Congress Acts to Reduce Excessive Regulatory Burden on Small Businesses
From Nation's Building News
AAMA Praises Obama for $4 Billion in Energy Upgrades/Congress for Repeal of Contractors Tax
From AAMA News
Warmth In Winter: Smart Windows To Let Heat In
From National Public Radio
A Mall Dedicated to Renovation
From The Globe & Mail

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