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February 12, 2014
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Market Growth Will Open Windows and Doors in 2014

The Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University projected double-digit gains in annual home improvement spending, and NAHB forecasted total housing starts would grow 24.5 percent. Last week’s attendance at IBS was approximately 75,000: a testament to those statistics and to better times ahead. ...read more

 
IBS 2014 Snapshots

Weren’t able to make the trip to Las Vegas this year? Peruse the show floor in the Window & Door snapshots gallery documenting many of the new product introductions at IBS 2014. See the pictures...

 
Caldwell Acquires Doors In Motion

Caldwell Manufacturing Co. North America signed a Definitive Purchase Agreement with B12 Capital Partners LLC to acquire substantially all of the assets of Doors in Motion LLC, closing before the end of the month. ...read more

 
Going Social: LinkedIn vs. Facebook

Before making the leap into social media, you must set realistic expectations and goals, taking into consideration each social network’s unique audience, user profile and unwritten rules of engagement. …read more

 

 
More News
Technoform Expands Production Capacity
Andersen Names Karen Richard Senior VP and Chief HR Officer
Hornschuch Group's Rolf Gemmersdörfer Passes Away
PGT Industries Expands Sales Team
Earl Moorer Joins VEKA Inc.
MT Group Adds IG Test System
NWDA Winter Conference Addresses U.S. Manufacturing
Western Window Systems Receives Best of Houzz Customer Satisfaction Award
Therma-Tru's 'Unlock the Opportunities' National Sweepstakes Underway
The Talk

By Jenni Chase, editorial director

Let me preface this Talk by saying that I didn’t choose the topic based solely on the opportunity to share this after-hours picture of the Window & Door staff at the International Builders’ Show last week. (Although really, how could I pass it up?) I chose the subject of social networking events because my curiosity was genuinely peaked about the role they play in the window and door industry, following the great evening we had with the Therma-Tru and Simonton Windows staff at their “Chiller Thriller” party in Las Vegas.

So, how important are social networking events to your company? And I’m talking about the face-to-face kind here, not their electronic counterparts. Do you regularly participate in events where customers and employees get the opportunity to mingle in a fun, after-hours environment?

Forbes magazine points out in this article that “people ultimately choose to do business with people they like, and everyone likes someone who appreciates them.” Do social gatherings play a part in how you show your appreciation to your employees and customers? Please post a comment and share your thoughts.

Do you host social events for those involved with your company?
Yes, but only for customers
Yes, for employees and customers
No, but we’re thinking about it
No, we don’t have the resources
 

Are Trade Shows in Your Budget?
Despite the increase in attendance at events like this year’s International Builders’ Show, the majority of poll respondents said they would maintain the status quo in regards to their trade show attendance this year. As one reader pointed out, “while [IBS] may begin to see increased numbers, the challenge will be to convince the key decision makers to return.” Read more and see the full poll results…

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Road to GlassBuild
This week as we continue on the Road to GlassBuild America, find out more about the revamped website. Learn about new and exciting educational opportunities, and about why GlassBuild America in Vegas is where BUSINESS happens!

 
The Outside View
Residential Construction Spending up 18 Percent in 2013
From NAHB Eye on the Economy

 
 
Recent Introductions

Steel-reinforced Windows and Doors from Ventana
 
 
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