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April 23, 2014
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Cardinal Acquires Northeast Laminated Glass
Cardinal LG Co., a subsidiary of Cardinal Glass Industries, has acquired Northeast Laminated Glass Corp., based in Jessup, Pa. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Cardinal LG will continue serving customers’ product needs from the Jessup facility…read more
 
GlassBuild America Announces New Show Sponsorship Programs

The largest glass, window and door show in the Americas is offering industry suppliers two new, multi-layered promotion programs for exposure before, during and after GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo in Las Vegas, Sept. 10-12, 2014. The sponsorships key off new, interactive WDTalks™―part of the inaugural Express Learning sessions on the show floor…read more

 
EPA Levies Largest Fine Ever for Lead Rule Violations

Lowe’s Home Centers has agreed to implement a corporate-wide compliance program to ensure that the contractors it hires to perform work minimize lead dust from home renovation activities. The company will also pay a $500,000 civil penalty…read more

 
Guardian Announces Price Increase

In an April 17 letter to North American customers, Guardian Industries announced it would increase prices, effective with shipments beginning May 19, 2014…read more

 

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Tracy Forrester and Kim Alexander Join Quanex
Integrity Adding to Expanding Workforce
Remodeling Market Poised for Growth Following Harsh Winter
AAMA Summer Conference to Focus on the Future of ADA
Registration Open for NWDA Summer Meeting
Fenestration Canada Annual Meeting Set for June 12-14 in Winnipeg
The Talk

By Nicole Harris, publisher

I recently ate lunch at a New York City icon: Union Square Café. The food, service and ambiance was almost perfect—a considerable feat when you consider the number of great restaurants in Manhattan and its yearly list of failures. Union Square was Danny Meyer’s first restaurant, opened in 1985, in what is now a universe of Meyer greats in New York and beyond. His success is legendary, and it’s no wonder. In a recent issue of INC magazine, his was the first of ‘35 Great Questions’ all business leaders should ask themselves: “How can we become the company that would put us out of business?” asks the CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group.

A window and door specialist from Brooklyn told me how, in rebuilding his company post-crash, he asked himself a similar scary question that resulted in his decision to add a new manufacturer to his stock, even though his best supplier didn’t like it.

One thing is for sure: Successful entrepreneurs must ask the tough questions and plunge ahead.

Have you found yourself asking the tough questions lately? Let us know your thoughts by posting a comment and participating in this week's poll.

Are You Asking Yourself any New and Scary Questions?
Yes.
No.
Every day brings scary questions.
 

What is Your Specialty?
Over 63 percent of respondents to last week's poll have already diversified their product offerings. Just under 30 percent plan to remain specialized. See the full survey results…

 

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The Outside View
Housing Starts Rise 2.8 Percent in March
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