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August 14, 2013
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Newell Rubbermaid Sells Ashland to Nova Capital

Newell Rubbermaid Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its hardware business, which includes the Ashland, Amerock, Bulldog and Shur-Line brands, to Nova more

EPA Extends Comment Period for Energy Star Version 6.0 Criteria

The Environmental Protection Agency has extended the comment period for the Final Draft Version 6.0 Energy Star Specification for Residential Windows, Doors, and Skylights to Friday, September more

GlassBuild America Heads to Atlanta

Window and door manufacturers, enjoying a rebound in the new construction and remodeling/replacement markets, are expected to make their way to Atlanta this more


More News
Gunton to Open New Location in Cranberry Township, Pa.
Masonite Shrinks Losses in Second Quarter
PGT Industries to Invest in Product and Manufacturing Initiatives
Michael Pollard Passes Away
Single-Family Starts Forecast to Advance 28 Percent in 2013
AAMA National Fall Conference Registration Now Open
NFRC Fall Conference Set for Sept. 23-25 in Tempe, Ariz.
The Talk

By Christina Lewellen

I continue to hear how rough it can be for our honorable, hard-working veterans to secure private-sector work after retiring from active duty. How can HR professionals or managers interpret military experience and translate it to, say, the window and door industry? 

Columnist Shane Robinson writes that hiring veterans pays off in droves. So many of the attributes veterans bring to the table are ideally matched to the entrepreneurial spirit that makes or breaks start-up companies, including impressive leadership skills at all levels and the ability to serve as true problem solvers in challenging situations. Seems to me that, thanks to the "new normal" of the window and door business, many of Robinson's reasons to hire veterans make a lot of sense to window and door companies that want to be successful in today's marketplace. 

Does your company go out of its way to hire veterans? What do you think makes your veteran workforce stand out from the crowd? I'd like to hear the ways in which you think veterans are well suited to the window and door industry. Please post a comment or send me an email.

At my company, the veteran population of the workforce is:
A minority
A decent percentage of the population, and we're always looking to expand it
A majority
Are You Satisfied with Energy Star 6.0?

While survey respondents are relatively split as to whether or not the Energy Star 6.0 criteria is too stringent or not stringent enough, one respondent says the question doesn't go the heart of the more



The Road to GlassBuild

GlassBuild America is now just a month away, and if you don't want to miss out on the amazing innovation and new products on display, you need to register now. On the floor, you will see the latest technology, including fiberglass and carbon fiber pultrusions, both sure to catch your eye like they did ours in this week’s edition of The Road to GlassBuild America.

The Outside View
Improving Picture for Remodeling
From NAHB Eye on Housing
The Housing Market is Still Missing a Backbone
From The New York Times


Recent Introductions

Reliant Casement System 
from Amesbury


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