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April 25, 2012
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Simonton Expanding Workforce

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Masonite Acquires Algoma Hardwoods

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Fenetech Hosting 10th Annual User Conference

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NAHB Bringing More Chinese Manufacturers to IBS

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The Talk

By Christina Lewellen, Senior Editor

In preparing for my moderator role at this week’s Fenestration Manufacturers Conference—taking place right now in Pensacola Beach, Fla.—I participated in several conference calls with organizers to polish up our agenda. One of the topics of discussion we explored was raw material price increases and whether or not the market can sustain increases rippling through the supply chain.

Several years back, we broached this same topic in a Talk and saw that, as an industry, we reached no consensus about whether charging customers more for product in the current environment was a wise move. Some respondents said that price increases are part of the game, and others showed concern that raising prices in a challenging economic environment would send customers packing.

Let’s circle around to the topic again and see whether we gain a different perspective about what’s happening with pricing in today’s market. With the glimmers of market momentum, are suppliers testing the water and passing along price increases based on higher raw material costs, or is it still too soon to inch up the price tag? Do you worry that your customers–whether they are manufacturers, dealers, builders, remodelers or homeowners–aren’t ready to absorb higher prices? Send me an email or post a comment to share what you’re seeing in the market.

We Should Get Smarter

A guest blog from Gary Delman, president and CEO of Sunrise Windows, who offers his thoughts on the FTC's recent actions related to the marketing of replacement windows...read more

Are You Still Working on Green?

Enthusiasm is waning at some companies, it appears, but the survey results make it clear green is not going away...read more

In the current market, charging customers more for product is...
...a risk worth taking. Rising costs must be offset.
...too risky. They'll look for another supplier.
 

 
The Outside View
Remodeling Recovery Expected to Strengthen by Year-End
From Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies
The Housing Recovery is Slow Going, But Things Are Improving
From NAHB Eye on Housing
Consumer Confidence in U.S. Little Changed
From BloombergBusinessWeek
MIT Building Becomes Playable Tetris Board (And It Looks Amazing)
From PC World

 

 
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