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May 16, 2018
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Workforce Development: A Grassroots Approach
The problem is clear: the construction industry is booming at a time when labor is scarce. The causes are just as well-known: experienced workers are retiring faster than new hires can fill jobs, and skills are going with them; young people aren’t interested in the trades, nor do they possess the necessary skills. But what’s the solution? Read More
Crystal Achievement Award Nominations Open
Window & Door is now accepting entries for its annual Crystal Achievement Awards, which recognize residential window and door manufacturers and component suppliers for their contributions to the industry. Nominations are due June 13. Enter Now
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Continued Growth Expected for Fenestration Products, AAMA Study Reports
Arcadia Inc. Acquires Metal Window Corp.
IGE Now Offers Parker Machinery for Window and Door Production
AAMA Honors Rich Walker; Appoints Janice Yglesias as New Executive
PATH|ERP Makes Hire for Client and Implementation Engagement
Product Spotlight
FiberCraft Composite Arch Lite Double Entry Doors
GlassCraft Door Company introduces FiberCraft composite arch lite double entry doors. The doors are available with operable wrought iron, SDL and privacy glass panel designs with impact and windstorm rated options. Customization options include different glass textures with varying levels of privacy for both impact and non-impact door units. They also feature a wood-like appearance made with GlassCraft’s Estate and Artisan prefinishing.
The Talk

By Susan MacKay

In the aftermath of last year’s hurricanes and wildfires, and as we brace for the next hurricane and fire seasons, businesses in areas of devastation not only have to worry about their people and damage to property, but also about whether and when they can fill existing orders. This last worry is why a “force majeure” clause is essential to a contract involving the supply of goods.

A force majeure (French for superior force) clause allows parties to alter their obligations in times of crises. The clause relieves the affected party from liability for not fulfilling its contractual obligations when unforeseen circumstances beyond that party’s control happen. Force majeure clauses found in contracts are often boilerplate language not carefully considered by the drafters. However, this language is critical to enforcement. Read More

Monthly Reader Poll

Monthly Poll: RRP Rule Economic Impact

Last  month, the Environmental Protection Agency announced it would not make any amendments to the controversial Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. In the review of the RRP Rule, which was required by Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, the EPA did recognize some issues with the Rule, but ultimately determined that the “economic benefits of the RRP Rule outweigh industry complaints.” Complaints from the industry focus mainly on the expense associated with lead mitigation in cases where it is unnecessary—that is, in households without a child under the age of six or a pregnant woman present, the groups which the Rule intends to protect. 

How much of an economic impact has the Lead: Renovation and Repair Rule had on your business? 

How much of an economic impact has the Lead: Renovation and Repair Rule had on your business?
Dealer: enormous impact
Dealer: moderate impact
Dealer: little/no impact
Manufacturer: enormous impact
Manufacturer: moderate impact
Manufacturer: little/no impact
Economic impact is difficult to quantify




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