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W&D Weekly
March 13, 2013
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WDDA Endorses Legislation to Amend EPA Lead Rules

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe introduced the Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act of 2013, aimed at reducing the burdens placed by the EPA's Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule on homebuilders and more

Sturtz Emerges from Insolvency Under New Ownership
Willi Stürtz Maschinenbau GmbH has been acquired by a private investment firm and will now operate under the name Stürtz Maschinenbau GmbH. The purchase includes all physical and intellectual property at the Stürtz headquarters in Germany, as well as the physical assets of the Stürtz Machinery Inc. subsidiary…read more
Fenestration Installation Demands More Attention to Detail as Technology Changes
As an industry, we recognize the value of a proper installation. As manufacturers and dealers, we are reminded of this when we are called to address a field problem–and we’ve all had our more

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The Talk

By Nicole Harris, publisher
After Congress once again failed to agree on how to reduce the federal deficit, the sequester went into effect March 1. Of the sequester’s $85 billion in automatic spending cuts, an estimated $4 billion come from reductions in construction spending, according to a March 3 Engineering News-Record report.
And while it's clear the sequester will in some way impact the commercial construction industry―most likely in the form of cuts to government projects such as military facilities―it's less clear what impact it will have on home building. 
According to Rich Walker, president and CEO of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, "sequestration will only serve to weaken the economy further, and have negative repercussions for our industry, which has been slowly gaining ground since the recession. Government overspending is more than a scraped knee or elbow. It’s a serious injury that we all suffer from, and we cannot continue to cover it with a flimsy Band-Aid that falls off after a few weeks."
What's your take? Will the sequester negatively impact home building, and in turn, the window and door industry? Will consumers stop buying and building amidst worries of government cuts? Or will this be a non-issue for our industry? Please send me an email or post a comment to share your thoughts.
Will the Sequester Impact Our Industry?
Yes, it will have a significant impact
I'm not sure
No, it's a non-issue for us
Do You Have Workplace Flexibility?
The majority of respondents in last week's poll said their companies offer some flexibility when it comes to working from home to accommodate personal appointments, etc. See the full survey results. 

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