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December 12, 2012
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Masonite Closing New York Plant

Masonite International Corp. is closing a door fabrication plant in Kirkwood, N.Y., according to papers filed with the state's labor department. The move, scheduled for February 2013, will affect 64 workers. Read more…

Ingersoll-Rand to Spin Off Security Business

The board of directors at Ingersoll-Rand plc has approved a plan to spin off its commercial and residential security businesses, which include Schlage locks and numerous other hardware brands. Read more...

JetAlum Joins Earthwise Group
The Earthwise Group LLC, a national network of locally owned, independent manufacturers of windows and doors, has expanded with the addition of JetAlum as its newest member. Read more...
Security Top of Mind for Consumers Interested in Home Automation

More than 62 percent of online consumers interested in learning more about home automation cite security as their primary purchase motivation, according to new research by the Consumer Electronics Association. Read more...


More News
NWDA Sets Agenda for Winter Meeting
Window World Hosts Holiday Event at St. Jude's
Quanex Wins Marketing Award
Video Offers Look at Window R&D at LBNL
The Talk

By Nicole Harris, publisher
Forget social media; it’s still about information, and more than ever, information accessible on your website.
I’m looking at a series of bar charts comparing eight communication sources across 2005-2011: e-mail, internet, print magazines, online magazines, manufacturer and retailer websites, newsletters and fax.
Among surveyed remodelers and builders who were asked, “what is the best way for manufacturers and suppliers to communicate with you?” the high bar across all four years is email, closely followed by internet and then print magazines. But manufacturer websites--for remodelers and builders alike--are growing fast as a preferred way to communicate. And we all know that consumers are increasingly sourcing and comparing online before they make a purchase too.
So does your company have a great, highly functional web site or plans to build/rebuild one? If so, we’d love to hear from you. What are the key features needed today? Mobile capabilities? Something else? Post a comment or email me and let me know what your company is doing.
Have you recently revamped or launched a new website?
Yes, within the past year
No, but we plan to within the next year
No, and we have no plans to as of now
What's on Your Holiday List?
Window and door companies report they're spending a bit more this holiday season than they have in the last few years. See how the survey results break down. 

The Outside View
Tougher Fall Protection Rules Go into Effect
From Builder Online
Provincial Funding Helps Debert Window Manufacturer Become More Efficient
From Truro (Nova Scotia) Daily News
Veka Expands French PVC Recycling Plant
From Plastics News
Show Us Your Holiday Front Door


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