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November 28, 2012
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16 Firms Fined for LRRP Violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has fined 16 firms for violating the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. Read more ...

Company Launches Thermoplastic-Mineral Composite Technology

Eovations LLC, an affiliate of Universal Forest Products, is launching what it describes as a process for manufacturing "a fully fiberized thermoplastic-mineral composite." Read more ... 

EPA Finalizes Most Efficient Requirements

A letter went out last week announcing final recognition criteria for the Energy Star Most Efficient 2013 program for 11 product categories, including windows. Read more...

Hoff Adds Colorado Door Distributor

Idaho-based Hoff Cos. has purchased the assets of Allied Lumber Dealers, a wholesale door distributor in Denver. Read more...

Greenbuild Exhibitors Report Increased Demand for High Performance Products

Exhibitors at the 2012 Greenbuild expo in San Francisco this month reported an increase in business activity, particularly in regards to high performance products.  Read more ... 

Greenbuild 2012: Snapshots and Videos
Exhibitors debut energy efficient products. Watch videos, view photos and read product descriptions here

More News
Architectural Testing Hosts Sunroom Meeting
New Website for Builders FirstSource
Kwikset Offers New App
The Talk

By Nicole Harris, publisher

Forming a new post-Thanksgiving shopping tradition, U.S. consumers spent a record $59 billion during the four-day sale period that started on Thursday this year. According to news reports, the average shopper spent $427 through Sunday, up from $398 in 2011.

So was any of that money spent on windows or doors? Hansons, the Michigan and Ohio window and door dealer, tweeted this on Cyber Monday:

We want to know if other window and door dealers and manufacturers offered any incentives for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday or Cyber Monday. If you did, how did you fare? And do you think the Post-Thanksgiving sale period is a good indicator of an improved economy? Email me or post a comment.

Did your company do a post-Thanksgiving offer?
We did a Black Friday special
We did a Small Business Saturday special
We did a Cyber Monday Special
We did all of the above
No, we did not offer any of the above

Building a Successful Hiring Strategy
Jeff Kaliner discusses why now might be the time to evaluate your current hiring strategies to ensure your firm is prepared for potential increased sales in 2013. Read more...


Will the Election Outcome Impact the Industry?
Survey respondents overwhelmingly voted "yes" on the subject. See the full survey results here


Road to GlassBuild
Thanksgiving is now over, and we at the Road to GlassBuild are digging into 2013 plans. Work already has begun on next year's educational agenda. In this week's post, find out how you can get involved in the world-class educational seminars at GlassBuild America 2013.

The Outside View
Builder Confidence Rises Five Points in November
From the National Association of Home Builders
How Using Angie's List Can Benefit Contractors
From Builder Online
Help! What Color Should I Paint My Front Door?
Your Green Dream House Might Be Illegal
From Fast Company


Recent Introductions

Snap-In Sash Lock 
from Vision Hardware



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