Posts Tagged ‘ window ’

A Minimum Wage Hike: Good or Bad Idea?

Aug 19th, 2014

President Obama remarks on the minimum wage at Central Connecticut State University.

In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama called for a federal minimum wage hike of $2.85/hour to $10.10. According to whitehouse.gov, raising the minimum wage nationwide “will increase earnings for millions of workers, and boost the bottom lines of businesses across the country.” But not everyone in the door and window industry [...]

Housing Starts Rise in July

Aug 19th, 2014

Nationwide housing starts, fueled by strong single- and multifamily growth, rose 15.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.093 million units in July, the highest level since November 2013, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. Single-family housing starts were up [...]

SIW Windows & Doors’ Website Gets a Makeover

Aug 18th, 2014

SIW Windows & Doors has launched its newly redesigned website. The site now enables potential clients to browse products by category, learn about the testing process used and view comparative analyses against other manufacturers’ products. Abe Lopez, CEO, views the website as a strategic way to set SIW apart from the competition. “Our new website [...]

Builder Confidence Rises Two Points in August

Aug 18th, 2014

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose two points to 55 on the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) for August, released today. This third consecutive monthly gain puts the index at its highest level since January. The HMI gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home [...]

PPI Report Shows Dip in Flat Glass Prices for July

Aug 15th, 2014

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Flat glass prices dropped in July, in contrast to how they’ve been trending for most of the year. According to the latest Producer Price Index Report (PPI) issued today by the U.S. Labor Department, flat glass prices dropped 0.2 percent from June to July, their first decrease since January. The flat glass index sits at [...]

AAMA to Host FenestrationMasters Contest and Game Show

Aug 15th, 2014

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) will host an online contest on LinkedIn and Twitter every Tuesday and Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. EDT from Aug. 5 through Sept. 3. The contest will feature quiz questions from AAMA’s FenestrationMasters program. Each Tuesday, one quiz question will be asked in AAMA’s LinkedIn group and a different quiz [...]

Second Quarter Increases in Home Values Affect Housing Affordability

Aug 14th, 2014

Nationwide housing affordability dipped in the second quarter of 2014 as several markets saw a firming of home prices, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI). In all, 62.6 percent of new and existing homes sold between the beginning of April and the end of June were affordable to [...]

Mid-Am Building Supply Expanding in Missouri

Aug 12th, 2014

Mid-Am Building Supply will expand its manufacturing operations in Moberly, Mo with a 30,000 square foot distribution space. The new site will make room for a state-of-the-art interior door finishing facility and the expansion will result in 20 new full-time jobs. The total investment in building and equipment will be nearly $3 million. “This new [...]

Eastern Metal Supply Begins Construction of Ft. Myers Plant

Aug 12th, 2014

Eastern Metal Supply (EMS), headquartered in Lake Worth, Fla., broke ground on the 172,000 square foot assembly plant in Ft. Myers, Fla., for their door and window division, Eastern Architectural Systems (EAS). The new building is designed to eventually expand to 250,000 square feet to accommodate future growth and will replace a 60,000 square foot [...]

Aluminum Industry Responding to New Window PCR

Aug 12th, 2014

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The aluminum industry is challenging a new window Product Category Rule (PCR) developed by the Institute for Environmental Research and Education (IERE). PCRs are the guidelines used to create comparable Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) among products that serve similar functions. An EPD could be considered a “nutrition label” for a products’ Life Cycle Analysis (LCA). [...]