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March 7, 2018
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Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Potential Implications
The new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is largely positive for business but has some potentially devilish details to navigate. This is an inevitable result for a measure pieced together through a myriad of compromises among varied interests. But then, as has also been observed, if both sides are dissatisfied, chances are it’s a good deal overall. Read More
Window & Door Preps Top 100 List
Window & Door magazine opens its annual Top 100 Manufacturers survey, available now through March 13. Manufacturers of residential windows and/or doors that want to be considered for the list are encouraged to submit information today. The Top 100 Manufacturers list will be published in the May issue. Submit Information

Jeld-Wen Makes Acquisitions, Leadership Transition
Andersen Acquires Heritage Windows and Doors, Expands Luxury Portfolio
Reilly Reveals Name Evolution: Reilly Architectural
President Trump Announces Plan to Impose Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum Imports
Product Spotlight
Anodized Finishes Options by Pella

Pella introduces anodized aluminum finishes to its latest line, Architect Series Reserve wood windows and patio doors. Said to provide a modern, commercial aesthetic option to architects and homeowners, the new anodized finish comes in matte-metallic colors including black, dark bronze, light bronze, clear, champagne, medium bronze, copper and extra dark bronze.

The Talk

By Eric Thompson

You don’t have to wander far to hear positive sentiments about the immediate future of our industry. For instance, Window & Door’s 2018 Industry Pulse notes that the majority of manufacturers, suppliers and dealers expect sales to increase throughout the year. Meanwhile, the Pulse reported that 83 percent of the industry plans to hire this year, despite our ongoing struggles with finding the right talent to fill those roles.

I sensed that same optimism at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association annual conference in Orlando in February. The conference was well attended, which tends to be an accurate barometer for general industry confidence. While there, I took part in some interesting conversations with customers and colleagues. I’ll share a couple of my takeaways. Read More

Poll Results

Manufacturer/Dealer Partnerships
The relationship between manufacturers and dealers is vitally important to both segments of our supply chain. We wanted to know what businesses on both ends need for a strong, healthy partnership. In addition to our poll results, we heard from one manufacturer on the importance of being a resource to its dealers: "For PGT Innovations and our family of brands, the most important aspect of our relationship with our dealer partners is understanding their unstated needs and identifying what our team can do to resolve the root of the concern,” says Jeff Jackson, CEO and president, PGT Innovations. Click here to read more and to see the full results.

Monthly Reader Poll

Aluminum Tariffs: Helpful or Hurtful?
President Trump recently announced that he plans to impose a tariff of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum imports. While his plans and statements have drawn both criticism and praise, Window & Door will take a look at the implications on our fenestration manufacturers and their suppliers. Especially as residential windows and doors trend toward the modern, commercial aesthetic of aluminum, we want to know how the proposed tariffs will impact these trends and your business.
Will President Trump's proposed steel and aluminum tariffs be helpful or hurtful to the residential fenestration market?
Neither/no impact




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