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W&D Weekly
January 25, 2012
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Builders' Show Returns to Florida
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NAHB Planning Three-Day IBS for 2013

Traditionally a four-day event, the International Builders' Show will be reduced to three days when it moves to Las Vegas next more

Euro Vinyl Goes Live with WTS Paradigm

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The Talk

By John G. Swanson, Editor/Associate Publisher

This week we heard from two sources that business could be improving.  The National Association of Home Builders reported that builder confidence is up for the fourth straight month.  “Builders are seeing greater interest among potential buyers as employment and consumer confidence slowly improve in a growing number of markets," says David Crowe, NAHB chief economist.

Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies sees greater potential for remodeling as well. “We’re beginning to see some hopeful signs in the economy, and the housing market is finally starting its slow recovery,” says Eric S. Belsky, the center's managing director. “That should prove helpful for home improvement spending as the year progresses.”

Manufacturers at the Northeast Window & Door Manufacturers meeting this week in New Jersey were also sounding a bit more optimistic. No one was predicting huge growth numbers yet, but a couple suggested the year was starting out better than they had thought it might. "No one wants to talk too much, because they're afraid they'll jinx it," one supplier joked.  At the risk of jinxing it, what do you think?  That's our poll question of the week.  And post a comment. Are you are seeing more signs of life already? Is it still pretty quiet where you are? What will it take to bring some new life to the window and door market?

Do You Follow Your Gut or Data?
The responses to this week's poll definitely reflects the entrepreneurial nature more
Are You Feeling Better about 2012?
Yes, we will see some significant sales growth.
Yes, it's looking like business will pick up a little.
No, I'm still feeling very cautious about year ahead.
No, I'm worried business will deteriorate.
The Outside View
Glimmers of Hope for Remodeling in 2012
From Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies
Builder Confidence Rises Fourth Consecutive Time in January
From National Association of Home Builders
Hurd Could Begin Merrill Operations in February
From Wausau Daily Herald
Home Grown: Superior Windows & Doors
Positively Philadelphia: Putting High-Tech Windows In Historic Buildings

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