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July 10, 2013
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Loewen Back in Family Hands

The manufacturer of high-end wood windows and doors based in Steinbach, Manitoba, has been acquired by a group of investors, including Charles Loewen; Clyde Loewen...read more

 
ABC Supply Adds Sellmore Distribution Operations

The building products distributor has acquired the distribution assets of Sellmore Industries, but the window manufacturing operation in Buffalo, N.Y., will continue functioning as a separate entity...read more 

 
Worldwide Window and Door Demand to Reach $223 Billion in 2017

Through 2017, global demand for windows and doors is expected to rise 7.1 percent annually to $223 billion, according to a new study from the Freedonia Group...read more

 
Passive House Institute Certifies First U.S. Window

Casagrande Woodworks Inc. has received the first window frame certification in the United States from the Germany-based organization for its Synergist model all-wood outswing casement...read more

 
 
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Milgard Looks to Expand Market for Moving Glass Walls
United Promotes Two Key Managers
Simonton Teams Up with Distributor and Dealer to Help Hurricane Sandy Victim
Soft-Lite Launches New Website
Earthwise Group Updates Site
K.C. Co. Redesigns Site for Mobile Use
WinTech Honored as Manufacturer of the Week
The Talk

By Christina Lewellen

Last week, as many of us were enjoying the Fourth of July festivities, the business-minded folks were digesting the news that the government's latest jobs report featured a decent, worthy-of-discussion uptick in June. As we continue to rebound and level out from the extended economic downturn, it's nice to have some additional optimism poured into the system that has affected so many of our friends and neighbors (and perhaps even ourselves at some point along the way).

In response, a Forbes.com blog, however, points out that the news may not be as rosy as the jobs report lets on. Contributor Dan Diamond points out that those who are underemployed are not reflected in the most common gauge of the health of our job market. "The 'official' unemployment rate doesn’t count men and women like G. — discouraged workers who have settled for part-time jobs or have given up looking altogether," he writes. "Tracking those individuals, under what’s called the 'U-6' rate, gives a very different measure of the nation’s unemployment rate: 14.3 percent."

This week, I'd like to hear about what you're seeing in your local markets. Even if the unemployment rate is holding steady or getting better, do you get the sense that underemployment is high in your region? Are your employees, or even friends and acquaintances, suffering under the hardship of fewer hours or reduced pay and/or benefits? Have you had to cut back your employees' hours (or had yours cut back) for the benefit of the health of the company? Send me an email or post a comment to share your thoughts.

Keeping Productivity High During the Summer Heat

Power Home Remodeling Group's Asher Raphael offers suggestions to keep employees motivated even when there are plenty of distractions...read more

Are You Seeing Window and Door Shortages?

It seems there's still plenty of capacity in the industry...read more 

Does your local market suffer from high underemployment?
Yes
No
Not sure
 

 


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