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W&D Weekly
September 12, 2012
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Curtains Rise at GlassBuild America Today

Las Vegas—Window and door and glass industry suppliers are poised to unveil a variety of new products and more

RavenBrick Secures Funding to Open Factory

The Denver-based company plans to build its automated production line and begin large-scale fabrication of its RavenWindow dynamic glazing more

Integrity Adds Exterior Trim

The strength and performance of Ultrex pultruded more

Report Sees 4% Increase for 2013 Home Improvement Market

Latest IHS Global Insight/HIRI forecast projects total home improvement product sales for 2012 will reach $274 more

Are You Ready for Life Cycle Assessment?

AAMA's Julie Ruth looks at this new emerging metric in the green building more

NFRC Launches Consumer Website

The National Fenestration Rating Council has launched more

More News
AGC Adding Atlanta Plant
Simpson Honors Employees at Centennial Celebration
WTS Paradigm Sponsors Habitat Home
Vinylmax Celebrates Safety Milestone
Microsoft Highlights Pella in Case Study Offering Partnerships to Dealers
The Talk

By John Swanson, Editor/Associate Publisher

Builders seeing an uptick in demand are finding it hard to find workers, according to a recent CNBC report. With new home construction down for so long, many people have moved on to other industries. 

Of course, the window and door business has been down for some time, and I suspect many of us can name people who've moved onto other industries.  So are we or will we see the same problem?  Will dealers and manufacturers have a hard time finding workers?

That's our poll question of the week.  And, of course, we'd like to hear from you too. Is your company in recovery mode already?  What have you seen as you've looked for more workers?  Are you able to bring people back?  Are you finding people with necessary skills or do you have to do a lot of training. Post a comment and share your thoughts.

Who Are You Voting For?

Our survey results suggest many window and door industry folks see some more

Are you seeing or expecting a worker shortage?
We've been hiring and workers are hard to find.
We've been hiring, but have not had any problems finding people.
We expect to be hiring and foresee some problems.
We expect to be hiring, but don't foresee problems finding people.
We don't expect to be hiring any time soon.


Road to GlassBuild

GlassBuild America 2012 is here! In this week¹s post, we have last-minute tips and a look at where you can follow all of the happenings from the floor!

The Outside View
A Housing Recovery is Gathering Steam
From NAHB Eye on the Economy
Obama Praises Marvin Windows & Doors
From Minneapolis Star Tribune
Habitat for Humanity Building a Model of Efficiency
From The Los Angeles Times
PNNL Shows Off Energy Efficient Windows
From East Oregonian
Designers Open Up About Closet Doors
Reinventing the Past: SP Custom Adds Modern Improvements to Classic Residential Windows
From Twin Cities Business


Recent Introductions

Hybrid Dust Plugs
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ThermalCheck from Integrated Automation Systems/Praxair



Custom Carry and Display Cases from Smith Case


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