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March 6, 2013
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Farley Group Exits CCAA Proceedings, Completes Restructuring

After an extensive restructuring that saw the consolidation of the company’s manufacturing facilities and its exit from the entry door market, Farley’s refinancing proposal was approved by the more

Masonite Files for $150 Million IPO
The designer and manufacturer of doors for residential and commercial buildings filed on February 27 with the SEC to raise up to $150 million in an initial public offering…read more
AAMA Pegs Government Regulations to Watch
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association Regulatory Affairs Committee is actively monitoring a host of government codes and regulations on behalf of its members…read more
Energy Star 6.0 Tightens Performance Requirements; AAMA Makes Recommendations
At its annual conference in Tucson last week, AAMA reviewed draft recommendations for U-factor and SHGC criteria under the proposed Energy Star Version more

More News
Tyson Schwartz Named Soft-Lite VP of Sales and Marketing
MIWD Promotes Eric Rothermel to VP of Human Resources
Owens Corning CEO to Chair Harvard's JCHS Policy Advisory Board
Fenestration Canada to Host Webinar on Ontario Green Energy Act
Pella Earns Energy Star Partner of the Year 2013 Award
WDMA Calls on EPA to Address Concerns about Proposed Energy Star Version 6.0
The Talk

By Christina Lewellen
An interesting debate is brewing in the business world, sparked by Yahoo’s CEO, Marissa Mayer. As parenting columnist for The Washington Post Tracy Grant points out this week, Mayer is ruffling feathers for her decision to eliminate employees’ option to work from home. Having been appointed to the helm of Yahoo at less than 40 years old and while pregnant, many people thought she would be a voice for working parents everywhere. And yet, with this decision, she reduces the flexibility for workers to juggle personal responsibilities.

My question this week is about flexible work environments. Certainly, there are some jobs in our business that simply cannot be done from home—particularly those in the manufacturing arena. Still, I would expect that many companies in our industry offer some degree of flexibility when it comes to getting the job done. Let’s take this poll and find out if my guess is correct.

Does your company allow some employees (depending on job function) to work from home? Does it offer condensed work weeks or the ability to telecommute in emergency situations? Do you wish your work environment offered more flexibility, or is it best to leave a higher level of structure in place? Please send me an email or post a comment to share your thoughts.
My company offers:
Quite flexible work options (telecommuting, condensed schedules, etc.) for some positions
Some flexibility as necessary (personal emergencies, appointments, etc.)
Little to no flexibility in scheduling or work options
How Many Recessions Have We Experienced Since the Great Depression?
Last week’s poll results confirm that we humans don’t like bad memories. The majority of survey respondents said between 5 and 10, but the truth is 11! See which party was in power for each one. 

Road to GlassBuild America
Education makes up a very important part of GlassBuild America. Every year, attendees have the opportunity to learn about new technologies, strategies and approaches to their business. Before we set our schedule for 2013, we’d love to hear from you.  What educational topics do you want hear about? In this week’s edition of Road to GlassBuild, find out how to make your voice heard!
The Outside View
Obama Wants to Double U.S. Energy Efficiency by 2030. Is That Possible?
From The Washington Post
Builders Selling Well
From NAHB Eye on Housing

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