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December 19, 2012
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Investment Firm Acquires Custom Window Systems
Highlander Partners L.P., a Dallas-based private investment firm, has acquired Custom Window Systems, the Florida-based manufacturer of impact-resistant and non-impact windows and doors, as well as porch enclosure products. Read more…
Quanex to Acquire Alumco
Quanex Building Products Corp. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Alumco Inc. and its subsidiaries, including Aluminite, a screen producer for the window and door industry. Read more…
New Ownership for Cascade Windows
Altamont Capital Partners, a $500 million private equity firm, has acquired Cascade Windows as part of a restructuring with existing lenders and equity holders. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Read more…
Jeld-Wen to Establish New NA Headquarters in NC
Jeld-Wen Inc. will open a new North American headquarters in Charlotte, N.C., where it plans to invest $2 million in the operation and create at least 142 jobs over the next two years. Read more…
Building Contractor Optimism Shifts Purchasing Priorities
Renewed optimism has residential contractors projecting revenue growth during the coming years, which is changing their strategies for how they bid jobs and select products, and where they shop for building products. Read more…

More News
Simonton Launches New Site
MIWD Cited for Energy Efficiency
EuGenie Names First U.S. Rep
Tru Tech Doors names James Wilson COO
Richard Laflamme Passes Away
AAMA Starts Three Blogs
European Groups Urge Progress in Window Labeling
Guardian Begins Production at Russian Plant
The Talk

By Christina Lewellen
As we wrap up 2012, we should pause and reflect on how far we have come over the past 12 months. Each year, we look back at some of the top industry stories of the year, as well as mainstream media stories that caught our attention.
In the past year, we have seen some companies downsize and some expand; we've seen both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Federal Trade Commission target the window and door industry; and we've witnessed some significant company ownership changes certainly worth talking about. 
Please take a moment and weigh in on what you believe is the most significant industry story of the year and why.  Please also take a moment to share your thoughts about 2012 in general. Send an email or post a comment.
From all of the Window & Door team, we wish you a prosperous New Year and a safe and happy holiday season.
What Was the Biggest Industry Story of 2012?
Changing Energy Star and New Most Efficient Criteria
Continued Company Closings (Dove, Gorell, Regency)
Consolidation in the Door Industry
EPA Fines for LRRP Violations
FTC Claims Against Window Manufacturers
‘Tis the Season for Charitable Giving
This month, Jeff Kaliner shares strategies for successfully implementing a corporate social responsibility plan at your company. Read more...

Finding Your Thoughtful Spot
Jim Rafferty, a marketing consultant for the home improvement industry, offers advice on how to make 2013 a stronger year for your business … and for you. Read more...

Have You Recently Revamped or Launched A Website?
Less than one percentage point separated those companies that said they had launched a new website and those that said they had no plans to do so. Click through to see which came out ahead in a recent survey. 

The Outside View
Construction is Growing. So Where are the Jobs?
From NAHB Eye on the Economy
10 Top Design Trends of 2012
From Builder Online
"Renter Nation" Just a Myth
From Trulia

WDweekly will return Jan. 9, following the holiday break. Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season from the Window & Door staff!


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