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August 20, 2014
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Ply Gem to Acquire Simonton Windows

Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc., parent company of Simonton, Fypon and Therma-Tru, has signed an agreement to sell Simonton Windows to Ply Gem Holdings Inc. The Simonton transaction is valued at approximately $130 more

Western Window Systems to Manufacture Earthwise Windows

Western Window Systems partnered with the Earthwise Group LLC to manufacture Earthwise window products, continuing the westward expansion of the national network of locally owned, independent manufacturers of windows and doorsread more

WDMA Study Shows Entry Door Market Growth into 2015

The Window and Door Manufacturers Association's recently released Window and Entry Door 2014 U.S. Market Study shows continued growth for the entry door market through 2015. This follows market growth of 5.3 percent in 2013 with 14.1 million units more

A Replacement Dilemma

For the replacement industry to remain strong, we must keep replacement practical for the industry, and affordable for the consumer. And here’s the problem: We’re not. This could potentially devastate the replacement market…and the industry as a wholeread more



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Construction Employment Up While Labor Shortages Remain a Concern
The Talk

By Jim Snyder

As you’ve read from some of my writings, I’ve predicted specific challenges ahead for the future of the replacement industry – even in this month’s From the Field column. I’ve done this in an effort to bring awareness to the industry, not alarm it. I’m simply suggesting that we prepare.

As part of my conclusion in this latest article, I suggest we have to keep a careful balance between our new construction and replacement market. We rely on both markets, but each requires different, yet specific, attention.

This prompted me to wonder if window manufacturers have a preference for selling products to be used in new construction, or for replacement. My kneejerk thought would be, “What does it matter? A window sold is a window sold.” But I’m sure that different efforts are required for each. And for that matter, different benefits also result from each. But I would like to hear from the real sources, which brings me to this week’s survey.

Which, as a fenestration manufacturer, do you prefer – selling products for new construction or replacement? After you vote, please also comment as to why.

Which, as a fenestration manufacturer, do you prefer selling products for new construction or replacement?
New construction

GlassBuild America News

Road to GlassBuild
Getting ready for GlassBuild America? Well there’s an APP for that! GlassBuild America once again has an official show app available for download on your smart device. On this week’s Road to GlassBuild post, we provide the instructions on getting it and highlight all of the amazing things it can do for you! In addition, our Video Spotlight is dedicated to those of you still thinking about attending the biggest glass, window and door show in North America.

The Outside View
Shortages of Key Building Materials Have Eased in 2014
From NAHB Eye on Housing
What A Remodeler Wants
From ProSales Magazine


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