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May 15, 2013
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Multi-Panel Doors Go Mainstream

Sliding and folding doors that open up virtually the entire wall of a room to the outside are going more mainstream after years of being primarily geared toward million-dollar more

Ply Gem Launching Plans to Go Public

Filing documents with the Security and Exchange Commission, the manufacturer of exterior building products is launching an initial public offering that would value the company at $1.3 more

Andersen Realigns Business Units

The window and door manufacturer has promoted Holly Boehne to chief technology officer and Jerry Redmond to president of its Andersen Division. The changes are part of an organizational more

New Partnership Introduces Mobile Software Tool for Millwork

Main Street Millwork is partnering with Luxwood Software Tools to launch Mobile Visual Pro, an on-site graphic estimating more

Krosswood Expands Partnership with Arizona Distributor

The Utah-based door maker has established a distribution partnership with Architectural Elements of Tucson, Ariz., covering a territory across much of the more

Establishing the Ground Rules

In this month's From the Field column, Jim Snyder looks at key issues that should be discussed with the homeowner prior to beginning the installation more 


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NFRC Updates Free Fact Sheets
Marvin Offers Products Meeting Passive House Standards
Boone to Manage PPG Residential Glass Business
Earthwise Honored by Made in USA Certified
Intertek and Artruval Partnering for Testing
The Talk

By John Swanson

This week, Marvin Windows is highlighting the fact that it offers windows meeting passive building standards that are "made in the USA," offering customers faster turnaround and design flexibility, it states. The Earthwise Group of vinyl window manufacturers was also honored as the "Made in the USA Certified " company of the year.  And, "Made in the USA" was an important theme for many exhibitors at the recent National Hardware Show, according to a report in Home Channel News. 

Of course, there are also many window and door companies that tout the "luxury of European craftsmanship."  There are others, no doubt, that point to the affordability of imported products or components sourced from Asia. 

So this week, I thought I would ask if "Made in the U.S.A." is becoming a more important factor in the window and door marketplace. That's our poll question of the week.  And, of course, we'd like to hear from you. Is "Made in the U.S.A." a deciding factor for your customers?  Or your customers' customers?   In today's global marketplace, is it still a priority at all? Email me or post a comment to share your thoughts.

Are You Cloud-Based?

Our poll takers suggest getting window and door businesses into the cloud is not a high more

Is "Made in the U.S.A." Becoming More Important with Customers?

The Road to GlassBuild
We're getting closer to the grand opening of show registration, and this week, we get a look at some of the exciting new equipment to be promoted on the show floor, including new triple insulating glass equipment from Bystronic. Find out more in this week's edition of the Road to GlassBuild!  
The Outside View
Rising Home Values Fail to Lift Remodeling in Early 2013
From NAHB Eye on the Economy
Republic Windows Comes Back as Worker-Owned Venture
From Crain's Chicago Business
7 Stunning Glass Walkways in Modern Homes

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