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June 12, 2013
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Clayton Homes to Make Its Own Windows

The manufactured housing producer has acquired a Crossville, Tenn., window manufacturing plant from Elixir Industries, and will expand production...read more

 
LCA and Manufacturing Forecast Top AAMA Agenda

Rosemont, Ill.—The National Summer Conference for the American Architectural Manufacturers Association kicked off this week with a presentation about life cycle assessment and product category rules...read more

 
BPI Adds FinishCraft Division

The Waterloo, Iowa-based building products wholesaler is adding FinishCraft, a new millwork division that dovetails into BPI’s existing logistics structure...read more

 
Deadline Extended for Dealer of the Year Nominations

Looking to showcase North America's top window and door dealers, Window & Door has extended the nomination deadline to June 28...read more

 
 
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Andersen Adds New Marketing Head
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The Talk

By John Swanson

"Finally seeing a nice uptick in business!!!!"  That was the sign-off on an email I received this week from an industry supplier, and it was just the kind of nugget I needed to feel better about the next few months.

Despite improving economic data–and construction and remodeling industry data suggesting that window and door sales are on the upswing–I continue to hear some in our industry complain that their business is still in the doldrums.  So this most recent report from the field suggested to me it's time for a poll on the industry outlook.  

What does the second half of 2013 look like at your business?  That's our question, but of course I'd like to hear from you as well.  What segments of the industry are doing well?  Where do you see weakness?  Are you optimistic for 2014?   Please email me or post a comment to share your thoughts.

Are Traditional Salespeople a Dying Breed?

Our poll results show most in the industry still see a lot of value in a good, well educated sales person...read more

For the second half of 2013, we expect:
A strong increase in sales.
A slight increase in sales.
Business to remain flat.
A slight downturn in sales.
A real downturn in sales.
 
   

 


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The Outside View
More Than 750 Builders Discuss Housing Issues in Hill Visits
From National Association of Home Builders
Fix Lead-Paint Rule, NAHB Remodelers' Chief Urges House Panel
From Remodeling Magazine
Masonite Investment, Jobs Called 'Glimmer of Hope' for Denmark
From Orangeburg (S.C.) Times and Democrat

 
 
Recent Introductions

The Alterra Collection
from Dunbarton Corp.

 

 
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