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August 8, 2012
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Inspector General Criticizes EPA Lead Paint Rules

A new report from the EPA's own Office of the Inspector General recommends that the agency should "reexamine the costs and benefits of the 2008 Lead Rule and the 2010 amendment...read more

 
Masonite Adds Canadian Door Maker

Continuing to expand its portfolio, the door maker has completed the acquisition of all of the capital stock of Lemieux Doors...read more

 
Feldco Adds Garage Doors

The Illinois-based replacement dealer has expanded its home improvement product line for the greater Chicago area...read more

 
 
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The Talk

By John Swanson, Editor/Associate Publisher

A Bloomberg.com recent article suggests Gen-Yers are opting for iPads over cars.  "Smartphones, laptops and tablet devices compete for their dollars and are higher priorities than vehicle purchases," one automotive consultant reports. Detroit is concerned that this trend may reduce annual vehicle sales for the long-term.

“It’s no longer a foregone conclusion that we will be able to sell cars to a large and emerging demographic,” a Ford executive is quoted as saying. “If we’re going to continue to grow as an industry and as a company, it’s really important we reach this consumer.”

The article points to other factors contributing to fewer car purchases by young buyers. There's the weak economy impacting their incomes and the growing popularity of urban lifestyles that is lessening the need. Still, it's surprising to think that something as ingrained into the American psyche as the love of cars and the freedom they bring is losing its power. 

Gen Yers are probably too young to be window and door buyers yet, but the article made me wonder if this generation of consumers could bring fundamental changes to our business.  That's our poll question of the week.  And, of course, I'd like to hear from you. WIll Gen Y buyers want something new and different in windows? How about doors? Will the preference for "urban lifestyle" change our markets?  Post a comment and share your thoughts.

What Do You Think of the Proposed Energy Star Criteria?

A bit of a surprise, quite frankly, that our poll results suggest much of the industry thinks...read more

Will Gen-Y buyers bring change to window and door market?
Yes, they will demand product changes
Yes, because they will choose different places to live
Yes, but I'm not sure how
No
 

 

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