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May 1, 2013
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Manufacturers Prepare for Energy Star Version 6.0

While window and door manufacturers move forward in their efforts to meet the new Energy Star criteria...read more

 
Housing Recovery Continues but Headwinds Remain

Buoyed by rising home prices, both single- and multifamily housing starts are expected to post double-digit gains over last year in 2013, according to economists at NAHB's Spring 2013 Construction Forecast Conference Webinar last week...read more

 
WOCDs in the Replacement Market

A Legal Alert from Paul Gary and Susan MacKay of the Gary Law Group...read more

 

 
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IGMA's Beck Passes Away
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The Talk

By John Swanson

The housing market continues to recover, but not at the rate many of us would like to see. Economists attribute sluggish growth levels to rising material costs and a lack of skilled labor, among other reasons.

Builders around the country are pointing to such problems, particularly in some of the hotter new home markets.  It's been a long time, however, since I heard such complaints in the window and door industry. But I couldn't help but wonder if manufacturers and dealers were seeing these issues impacting their businesses.  That's our poll question of the week. 

And, of course, I'd like to hear from you.  Are your material costs rising?  Has your company, in turn, been able to raise prices on your windows and doors?  On the labor front, are you able to find the skilled workers you need–whether it's installers in the field or equipment operators in the plant?   Email me or post a comment to let us know what you see happening in your market.

 
Are You Cut from Entrepreneurial Cloth?

Our poll takers say a focus on customers is the most valuable trait for window and door entrepreneurs...read more

In today's environment, we are:
Increased material costs and difficulties finding skilled labor.
Increased material costs, but no difficulties on labor front.
Difficulties finding skilled labor, but no increased material costs.
Neither increased material costs or any difficulties in finding skilled labor.
 
 
The Outside View
Short-Term Ups and Downs for Housing
From NAHB Eye on the Economy
10 Statement-Making Skylights, Big and Small
From houzz.com
The Top 12 American Boomtowns
From Bloomberg.com

 

 
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