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May 20, 2020
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PPP Update: Loan Forgiveness, Audits and More

The Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program offers much-needed emergency financing for companies affected by the COVID-related economic downturn. However, the program has introduced numerous questions and concerns among business owners, many of whom are now concerned about available financing, future audits, loan forgiveness and more. Read More

How to Reopen the Workplace: Part 1, the Office
As state stay-at-home orders are lifted, many employees may be returning to the office. Both the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Centers for Disease Control have released guidance on safely returning to the work environment. Read More

More News
Businesses Interested in CARES Act Main Street Lending Program Encouraged to Take Action
SBA and Treasury Release Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application
Woodcraft Industries' Middlefield and Orwell, Ohio, Locations Earn Safety Awards
Yawal S.A. Launches New United States-based Operation
Vancouver-based Startup Partners with Cardinal Glass to Bring Smart Window Tech to Residential Market
Pella Launches #BuildingHope Campaign
Product Spotlight
Quanex Is Here and Can Help Reduce Your Screen Time
Struggling with inventory? Devoting too much floor space to screens production? Looking to boost plant efficiency?  
Quanex’s full-service screens outsourcing solutions can help. Built to your exact specifications, packaged to your preference and delivered according to your production schedule, count on Quanex to meet your every need. Eliminate extra inventory, save costs and floor space, and redirect your capital to higher-margin manufacturing. Learn More.
The Talk
In Search of the Ideal Large-Format Frame
By Eric Thompson

Large-format windows and doors for residential spaces have been an area of opportunity for a little while now. Blending the outdoors with home interiors is an attractive new frontier for higher-end homeowners. It is also one area where forward-thinking window and door fabricators can differentiate.

As with any completed window or door product, it’s up to product designers and engineers to select the ideal components and materials for their desired performance and aesthetics. Large format presents some challenges—framing must provide the right structural strength to support large panes, since the bigger glass is heavier, and it all must work together to deliver various thermal and structural performance demands prevalent in today’s forward-thinking applications.

For example, a recent piece in Window + Door examined some of the material choices used in large multi-panel doors today. Some common refrains emerged: Aluminum offers the right structural strength, offers good weather resistance and low maintenance for homeowners, but overall thermal performance can suffer. Wood delivers the aesthetics and good efficiency but is heavier and requires regular maintenance. And, though vinyl offers the best thermal performance, some suggest that the right sightlines and structural performance can’t be achieved to maximize the views people are after in large glass openings.

These are all widely accepted industry stereotypes—but none of them are absolute. Read More






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