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November 14, 2012
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Steady Housing Starts and New Codes Headline Win-Door Event

Noting media concerns that the Canadian housing market may be “a little too hot,” Win-Door speaker Peter Norman said that both home resale and new home construction have held steady, with 2012 up slightly over 2011. Read more ...

Win-Door Snapshots

View photos of the new product introductions on the show floor at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Read more ... 

Glaston Sells Albat+Wirsam to Friedman Parent Company

Glaston Corp. announced it has reached an agreement to sell its Albat+Wirsam Software subsidiary to Constellation Software Inc., parent company of industry software supplier Friedman Corp. Read more...

Company Offers New Approach to Address Condensation Concerns

David Bairn of HumidityMatters! says it’s in a manufacturer's best interest to be proactive and provide homeowners with a hygrometer. Read more...

Acquisition Said to Create Europe’s Third Largest Window Maker

AFG Arbonia-Forster-Holding AG, based in Arbon, Switzerland, is acquiring Dobroplast, said to be the leading Polish manufacturer of PVC windows with annual sales of approximately $95 million. Read more ...


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The Talk

By Christina Lewellen

After months of anticipation, we have now decided as a country who will serve as president of the United States for the next four years. Whether your preferred candidate was successful or not, it’s time to look ahead and think about how the administration is likely to impact your business plan moving forward.

Last week after the results were announced, the National Association of Home Builders congratulated President Obama on winning his second term, as well as the lawmakers who were elected to the eleventh Congress. NAHB officials added:

"In the closing weeks of the 112th Congress, NAHB urges President Obama and congressional leaders to work together to resolve issues related to the 'fiscal cliff' by extending all of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts while being mindful of how broad-based tax reform will affect the fledgling housing recovery. Any effort to engage in tax reform should be done in a careful and deliberate manner, and demands the proper vetting by Congress and all relevant stakeholders. There should be no rush to judgment on an issue that will affect virtually every American citizen.”

The builders also asked leaders to address credit issues for both individuals and businesses.

I think we’ve all had enough political banter for a lifetime, but I’m curious to know what issues you think our newly elected officials should tackle first to pave an easier path for the window and door industry. Do you think the outcome of the election will impact your business? In what ways? Please send me an email or post a comment to share.

Do you have a disaster recovery plan for your company?

While most survey respondents say they have a solid recovery plan, more than a third report they don't yet have a plan in place. Read more ... 

To what degree will the outcome of the election impact the industry?
Not much at all
I'm not sure yet

Road to GlassBuild
In this week’s Road to GlassBuild, the staff gives thanks and shares a story on the importance of trade shows. Nothing beats that face-to-face interaction!

The Outside View
Remodelers Currently Busy, but Forecast is Clouded by Uncertainty
From the National Association of Remodeling Industry
Where Demand Is Sprouting, Labor Shortages Are Close Behind
From Builder Online
Five Housing Issues Hanging in the Balance Going Into Obama's Second Term
From U.S. News & World Report

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