Housing Industry “Gets Back to Normal” Crowe2April24

    In the years following the bust, economic forecasters often used the term, the “long road back to normal” or the “new normal.” In today’s National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) Spring Construction Forecast Robert Denk, NAHB assistant vice president for forecasting and analysis, discussed “getting back to normal” and painted a picture of this road past, [...]

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Previous Survey Results

What did you think of President Obama's State of the Union address as it relates to manufacturing and housing?

  • None of the above are enough. Much more needs to be done to strengthen the economy. (97%)
  • I was glad to hear that the administration will convene a group of CEOs and other leaders to talk about the best ways to incorporate unemployed Americans back into the workforce. (3%)
  • I was glad to see the President address housing and that he wants to work to strengthen the housing market. (0%)
  • I was glad to hear the news that the President will be increasing the minimum wage for federal contract workers. (0%)
  • I was glad to see the President is directing vice president Biden to conduct a review of the federal job-training system. (0%)
  • I was glad to see that the President will encourage the construction of factories that rely on natural gas. (0%)
  • I was overall pleased with the address and the steps the President is taking to strengthen the economy. (0%)
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Door and Window Musings
By Tara Taffera
Publisher, DWM Magazine

Door and Window Musings by Tara Taffera Highlights and Insights from Fensterbau

When I attend North American trade shows or events it is my tradition to compile my best of list. Or maybe it’s not really a best of. It’s a compilation of the people I met, the products I saw and the takeaways received at various events. Though this is my first time at fensterbau/frontale, being [...]

Plavecsky’s Ponderings
By Jim Plavecsky
Owner, Windowtech Sales

Plavecsky's Ponderings By Jim Plavecsky What Makes a Great Showroom?

Nothing says more about a door and window company than its showroom. A showroom can represent a significant investment, but it is worth every penny. Nothing sells a door or window more effectively than the opportunity to see it up close at eye level and installed into an opening as it might look in one’s [...]

Collins, the Trend Tracker
By Mike Collins
Partner, Building Industry Advisors

Collins The Trend Tracker Analyzing the Data

There are enough government and private agencies reporting key economic data that a new release comes out every few days. It can be difficult to form an accurate picture because the myriad data out there seldom point in the same direction at the same time. While this is a source of frustration for door and [...]

Tyson’s Take
By Tyson Schwartz
VP sales and marketing, Soft-Lite

Tyson's Take Just Another Snowstorm

It seems this winter we just prepare for our “weekly snowstorm.” It doesn’t matter if you live in Minnesota, Georgia, New England, Texas, etc. This winter has been unusually harsh and it has not spared any part of the country. It reminds me of those winters we experienced year in and year out 25-30 years ago. When [...]

Milanese Remodeling
By Mark Milanese
Owner, Milanese Remodeling Inc.

Milanese Remodeling Crash Test Ratings for Doors and Windows

An educated consumer is my best friend. The homeowner who understands the options is more likely to make good decisions when purchasing new doors and windows. But comparing differences in doors and windows can be confusing. The door and window industry likes to complicate and confuse data that should make it easy for consumers to [...]

Positive Polarity
By Dave Molenda
Founder, Positive Polarity, LLC

Positive Polarity A Discussion between a CEO and a CFO, Part 3

After he got off the phone with the CEO, the CFO now had to re-write his notes from the phone call. The CEO did the same thing; he jumped on the Internet and did his own research. He found another study that discusses the return on investment (ROI) for sales training. Here is what he [...]

The View From Here
By Ric Jackson
Director of Government Relations
Quanex Building Products

The View From Here Three Giant Leaps for Energy-Efficiency Standards

It’s been a busy few weeks for energy efficiency legislation from California to Washington, D.C., as the deadline for one new law draws nearer—and two others gain support. Here’s a quick recap of what’s happening in the world of legislation and fenestration. CA Title 24 to Go into Effect July 1 The pioneering spirit of [...]