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April 24, 2013
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Momentum Building in Remodeling and Replacement Market

Spending by homeowners on improvement projects is expected to accelerate as the year progresses, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University...read more

 
Members of Congress Urge Reexamination of New Energy Star Criteria
The Window & Door Manufacturers Association is applauding a bipartisan group of 23 members of Congress who have requested that the Obama Administration...read more
 
US LBM Adds Pennsylvania-based Shelly's
The building products distributor has acquired Shelly Enterprises Inc., based in Telford, Pa., from third-generation owners Bill and Greg Shelly...read more 
 
Alside Adding Western NY Location
The manufacturer and distributor of exterior residential building products plans to open a wholesale distribution center in Falconer, N.Y...read more
 
2013 Most Efficient List Out

The Energy Star program has released its list of windows that have qualified for the Most Efficient 2013 designation...read more

 

 
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Quanex Rings Closing Bell
AAMA Issues Multipoint Lock Standard
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The Talk

By Christina Lewellen

I just love this list of 10 surprising assertions from entrepreneurs, published recently as a column on Forbes.com. Even though the columnist warned me that a statement or two might come as a surprise, I still managed a couple of mental “no way”s and “really?”s as I made my way through it.

Of particular note were some against-the-grain assertions, including that business comes before family for entrepreneurs, you should fire your worst customers and a good business model is far more important than having passion for your pursuit. A bit extreme, perhaps, but there might be a fair amount of truth in these statements.

Our industry has a notable entrepreneurial spirit, so I thought I’d put this list to our readers for a test. Do you think this top 10 hits the mark, or is it a bit too extreme? If I forced you to make a choice (or, say, vote in the poll below), what would you say is the most accurate assertion about window and door entrepreneurs? Send an email or post a comment to share your thoughts. 

Are You Signing the Petition?

Our poll results suggest the industry's divided on Energy Star Version 6...read more 

If I had to pick just one, I would say window and door entrepreneurs are MOST successful if they are:
Knowledgeable
Passionate
Willing to take risks
Willing to make difficult decisions
Focused on customers
 



Road to GlassBuild America
This week on the Road to GlassBuild, we learn about some amazing new products from Guardian Industries and find out about a significant honor that GlassBuild picked up recently. 
 
The Outside View
New-Home Sales Rise 1.5 Percent in March
From National Association of Home Builders
EPA Losing a Bundle on RRP Program
From Remodeling Magazine
11 Elements of the Perfect Sunroom
From houzz.com

 

 
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