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August 28, 2013
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Export Opportunities Await the Bold

Opportunity potentially awaits window and door manufacturers willing to brave the murky waters of foreign trade. Considering the actual dollar value in international door and window trade, your company may be missing out on a sizeable opportunity...read more

 
EPA Releases Cost Data Used In Energy Star Version 6.0 Revision
In response to requests for more information related to the cost data provided by window manufacturers to EPA in the Energy Star Version 6.0 revision process, the agency has released...read more
 
MIWD Unveils New Corporate Logo
MI Windows and Doors has unveiled a new corporate logo following a series of organizational adjustments triggered by the ownership transition in January...read more
 

 
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The Talk

By Christina Lewellen

This week, a documentary about American manufacturing premieres nationwide. Directors Vincent Vittorio and Nathan McGill of  “American Made Movie” highlight what they believe to be the underpinnings of long-term growth in the U.S. manufacturing sector, noting very clearly that domestic manufacturing “isn’t dead yet.”

In a Marketwatch.com column penned by the directors, they write: “Technology, global competitiveness and outsourcing put manufacturing on life support in America, but after touring small towns and cities across the country and talking to business leaders who still manufacture their products domestically, we are confident that manufacturing is not dying in America but on the cusp of resurgence.”

The directors say this resurgence is dependent on several factors, including the availability of trained employees to work in contemporary, technology-driven manufacturing environments, and the willingness of U.S. consumers to opt for domestically produced products.

Do you agree that U.S. manufacturing is about to enter a new golden age? Why or why not? Post a comment and share your thoughts.

The key to a healthy U.S. manufacturing sector is:
A ready supply of trained employees
Consumers' willingness to "buy American"
The creation of a U.S. Department of Manufacturing
Tax incentives
 
Are You Ready to Wear a Badge?

Nearly half of survey respondents see state ID badges having little impact on the window and door business, while about 40 percent see some potential good. Readers are less enthusiastic about the New Jersey post-Sandy requirements...read more

 


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The Outside View
Higher Mortgage Rates Prompt Pause in New-Home Sales in July
From NAHB
Dream Views Wow on Seattle's Lake Washington
From Houzz.com
BMOC Finds 'Typical' Dealer Returned to Operating Profit Last Year
From ProSales

 

 
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