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June 27, 2012
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Window and Door Sales to Accelerate Next Year
Latest AAMA/WDMA market report sees tepid growth this year, after weak more
WDMA Kicks Off Annual Technical Conference

Bloomington, Minn.–Members of the Window & Door Manufacturers Association gathered today for the start of the organization's 14th Technical Conference. More than 100 more

Fenetech Launches Neo at User Conference

Cleveland, Ohio–FeneTech Inc. released its newest ERP software upgrade, FeneVision Neo, this week to an audience of 180 window more

Pella Reaches Settlement in Class Action Suit

Pella Corp. has announced a proposed settlement agreement to resolve the Saltzman vs. Pella class-action lawsuit involving the Iowa-based manufacturer's more

Fenestration Canada Hosts Busy Summer Meeting

Code activity and internet marketing were major topics at the group's annual more




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The Talk

By Christina Lewellen, Senior Editor
This week, we highlight numbers from the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Window & Door Manufacturers Association's annual market report prepared by Ducker Worldwide that indicate that there are, indeed, better days ahead for the window and door industry. In fact, the days we’re in right now really aren’t so bad either.
The AAMA/WDMA 2011-2012 U.S. Industry Statistical Review and Forecast suggests that a recovering residential housing market will spur window unit demand up this year by almost 7 percent. The forecast calls for a 13 percent increase in window sales in 2013. By 2015, total window shipments are expected to be just about even with pre-recession levels… did anybody make money in 2007? Seems to me that returning to 2007 levels is something worth celebrating.
I’ve admitted before that I’m a pretty upbeat person. The economic turmoil of the past few years didn’t break my spirit, and I’ve been anxiously awaiting stronger days for our industry. According to the qualified researchers who work on this report, those stronger days are upon us.
What's your reaction to the forecast? Are the numbers in line for what you expect for the next couple of years? Send me an email or post a comment and share your thoughts. Did Ducker get it right, in your opinion?
Are You Using a Tablet Yet?

It appears much of the hype about iPads and tablets is more

What do you think of Ducker's market projections?
They are too optimistic.
They sound about right.
They are too pessimistic.
The Outside View
Court Says Opt-Out Provision for Lead Need Not Be Reinstated
From Builder Online
Slowing Labor Market Contributes to Mixed Housing News
From NAHB Eye on the Economy
Window and Door Company Doubles Output via RFID
From RFID Journal
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