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March 27, 2013
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Window & Door Introduces the Top 100 Manufacturers of 2013

Last year, most of Window & Door’s 2013 Top 100 Manufacturers enjoyed the beginning stages of a recovery in the new construction and remodeling/replacement markets. Today, they are leaner and still cautious, but ready for more...read more

 
Canada's Durabuilt Windows & Doors Marks 25th Anniversary
Durabuilt Windows & Doors is celebrating. This year marks the Edmonton, Alberta-based manufacturer’s 25th anniversary; the launch of a new logo and brand image; and a place on Canada’s Best Managed Companies list. ...read more
 
Nomination Deadline for 2013 Crystal Achievement Awards Approaches
Window & Door will present its Crystal Achievement Awards in the September 2013 issue. These awards honor outstanding achievements in window and door product technology, manufacturing and marketing. And we want to hear from you! The deadline for nominations is April 15. ...read more
 

 
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ABC Supply Acquires Lee Wholesale Supply
WDMA Elects 2013-2014 Executive Committee
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The Talk

By Nicole Harris, publisher
In response to Julie Ruth's column, "Preparing for 'the Big One'" in the January/February issue of Window & Door, Mory Katz, VP of the Commercial Property Division at Verisk Insurance Solutions, addresses the threat posed by severe storms. He writes:
 
"I read with interest Julie Ruth’s column. ...  After a storm, the power grid, building construction and other related conditions are at the forefront of everyone’s mind. But the increased number and severity of 'wind events' nationally should prompt a reexamination in every community.
 
Verisk Analytics conducted an analysis using our severe-storm computer models and compared them to our database of millions of commercial buildings we survey to examine factors that may improve — or worsen—a building’s wind resistance or damageability. Our analysis shows roughly 38 percent of the total U.S. insured property value is in coastal counties. In New York, 62 percent of insured value is along the coast. In Florida, that number skyrockets to almost 80 percent—but it is by no means exclusively a coastal phenomenon. Since 1950, our data indicates 18 of the 20 costliest catastrophe events in the U.S. (not adjusted for inflation) involved wind. The remaining two that did not involve a wind peril were the Northridge earthquake and the attacks of 9/11. Compounding the problem is the overall storm trend. Of those 18 wind events, 15 occurred since 2000.
 
Communities and individuals are always concerned about fire, which continues to be the most common cause of property loss. However, it is now evident that property owners, the construction industry, municipalities responsible for local building codes, and others all need to become more proactive in addressing the threat of wind and storm events."
 
In Ruth's column, she asks the question, "Should changes be made to the current codes as a result of Hurricane Sandy?” And so, I'm posing the same question to you. Please weigh in by participating in the survey below, and email me or post a comment to share your thoughts.
Should Changes Be Made to the Current Codes Following Hurricane Sandy?
Yes
No, the current codes are adequate
I'm not sure
 
What Makes for a Successful Business?
While the majority of respondents to last week's poll said a company's success relies on a combination of factors, customer service ranked as the most important individual driver. See the full survey results. 

 

 
The Outside View
Upsell Better: Use Your Pitch to Push Brand Value
From ProSales
S&P/Case-Shiller Index Shows Housing Recovery
From Home Channel News
List of Improving Housing Markets Rises to 274 in March
From the National Association of Home Builders

 


 
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