Transparent Communications

Feb 28th, 2012

While I never blog about company related items, I do think that the past two weeks have reminded us of something important. For us, two items: The FTC ruling about energy pledges and the Chicago plant news story. While I am not speaking for the company here, both of these subjects reminded me to discuss [...]

Windows Under The Tree

Nov 29th, 2011

My first job out of high school was in sales at Sounds Great Inc., a large (say 20 stores) consumer electronics retail chain in New England. This chain existed long before Best Buy. Of course we lived for the holiday season where we would do maybe half our sales for the whole year in five [...]

Industry Capacity and the Road to Profitability

Oct 4th, 2011

The residential windows industry has been suffering the worst downturn since the depression. Though I don’t have any depression-era stats, this guess is probably not far off. New housing fell from about 2.2 million new homes a year in 2006 to less than 500,000 this year. So let’s call it a 75 percent drop. And [...]