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June 13, 2012
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New House Bill Would Curb RRP Rules
Reps. John Sullivan (R-Okla.), Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) and a bipartisan list of co-sponsors introduced legislation last week that would restore the opt-out more
AAMA Looks at Energy Star Changes

Oak Brook, Ill.—Changes in the Energy Star program and their impact on window and door makers are topping the agenda at the summer meeting of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association taking place here this more

Roto AG Acquires Fasco

Fasco Die Cast Inc., a manufacturer of window and patio door hardware based in Mississauga, Ontario, has been acquired by the parent company of Roto Frank of more

WDMA Adding Executive Conference

The organization has announced plans to host its first executive management conference targeted at industry CEOs and senior more

WD Equipment Channel Updated

Special section of features new videos from Erdman, Eugénie, Stürtz and Tauring


More News
Nominations for Dealers of the Year Due Friday
UK Wood Window Maker Marks 200 Years
Stanek Sees Rise in Business from Single Women
Western Window Featured in U.S. Builder
The Talk

By Christina Lewellen, Senior Editor

This week, Starbucks announced an initiative aimed to increase U.S.-based manufacturing—and thus, add more jobs to our economy. In a nutshell, the coffee company launched a line of merchandise for its stores—mugs, coffee, things like that—made exclusively by U.S. workers. The Reuters report points out that Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz is calling on all executives to step up hiring and take a bigger role in the country's economic revival.”

As we wrapped up 2011, we asked in a Talk poll whether industry companies planned to hire, fire or maintain the status quo when it came to headcount in 2012. Having made it to the half-way point, I’d like to pose the question again and see whether things have changed since we explored this topic more than six months ago.

Looking ahead to the remainder of 2012, do you expect to maintain your current headcount—perhaps focusing on ways to get more efficient with the employees you do have—or do you believe that you’ll need additional workers to keep up with demand? Has your company finally moved past the worst of the layoffs and furloughs? Please take a moment to vote so we can have a good comparison to the same poll from last November, and let me know what you’re experiencing at your company. You can post a comment or feel free to send me an email.

Is Facebook Working for You?

Our survey results suggest Facebook usage within the industry is growing, but not exactly at a breakneck more

As we head into the second half of the year, my company is likely to:
Maintain the status quo
Hire additional workers
Make additional cutbacks to the workforce


Early Bird Rates and Deceuninck excitement...Take a look

The Outside View
Broader Economic Weakness Threatens Housing Gains
From NAHB Eye on the Economy
California Boosts Code Efficiency Requirements by 25%
From Builder Online
Thermal Stress Standard, Gas Permeability, NREL Top Agenda at IGMA Meeting
From Glass Magazine
Hope’s Windows Treats Employees To Centennial Celebration
From Jamestown (N.Y.) Post-Journal
Functional Windows that Serve as Design Element | MI Windows


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