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Wisconsin AG Sues SEMCO on Behalf of Employees

Feb 9th, 2021

Wisconsin’s attorney general announced yesterday that the state will proceed with a case against Semling-Menke Company Inc. (SEMCO), a now defunct window manufacturer, alleging that the company failed to provide required notice to employees before abruptly closing in December 2019. The sudden closure displaced 141 workers, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) […]

How Changes to ICC 500 Impact the Fenestration Industry

Feb 8th, 2021

The 2020 edition of ICC 500 includes several updates. Dave Stammen, engineer for the built environment at UL LLC, provided an overview of those changes to the Fenestration & Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) in a webinar titled, “ICC 500-2020: Updates to the Tornado and Hurricane Storm Shelter Standard.” Committee work began on the new edition […]

Annual Outlook Report Points to Another Strong Year

Feb 5th, 2021

Despite challenges faced in 2020, results from [DWM] and Key Media & Research’s The 2021 Door and Window Industry Outlook suggest that the fenestration market remained mostly resilient throughout 2020 and is already taking on 2021 with an optimistic view. Nearly three-quarters (73.1%) of Outlook respondents say the current business environment is somewhat favorable, with […]

Fortune Brands Posts Strong Sales in 2020 and Predicts Continual Growth This Year

Feb 4th, 2021

Fortune Brands Home and Security Inc. reported its fourth quarter and full-year 2020 results this week. It’s good news for the company—and the housing market in general—with fourth quarter and full-year 2020 sales increasing approximately 13% and 6%, to $1.7 billion and $6.1 billion, respectively, year-over-year. Even better, the company, parent to both Therma-Tru and […]

Association Helps its Members Decipher ITC Ruling

Feb 2nd, 2021

Although the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) announced the results of a final antidumping duty and countervailing duty (AD/CVD) investigation into wood mouldings and millwork products imported from China in early January, that doesn’t mean suppliers have digested all this info and what it means for their businesses and the market as a whole. With […]

Democrats Aim to Raise Minimum Wage to $15/hr.

Feb 1st, 2021

With Joe Biden sworn in as the nation’s 46th president, the new administration comes with an agenda for providing ongoing aid to Americans—including increases to the federal minimum wage. Those changes, the President says, should not only provide immediate relief for the lowest-earning workers, but additional improvements going forward. “Hard working Americans deserve sufficient wages […]

Remodeling Industry Confidence Is Strong Despite COVID-19

Jan 29th, 2021

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) released its Remodeling Market Index (RMI) for the fourth quarter of 2020, posting a reading of 79, which indicates that residential remodelers have strong confidence in their markets, for projects of all sizes. “The remodeling market was consistently strong throughout 2020, as home owners had more time on […]

ITC Issues AD/CVD Orders on Wood Mouldings Imported from China

Jan 28th, 2021

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) announced the results of a final countervailing duty and antidumping duty (AD/CVD) investigation into wood mouldings and millwork products imported from China. Four commissioners plus USITC chair, Jason E. Kearns, voted unanimously to issue AD/CVD orders on imports, ruling that by subsidizing and selling in the U.S. at less […]

New Administration to Bolster American Manufacturing

Jan 26th, 2021

President Biden has signed a “Buy American” executive order intended to bolster American manufacturing. According to the White House, the order will ensure that when the federal government spends taxpayer dollars, they will be spent on goods made in America by American workers and with American-made components. Contracting alone accounts for approximately $600 billion in […]

After Slow First Quarter, Top Expert Sees Another Strong Year for Housing

Jan 25th, 2021

While 2020 will forever represent a blight on world history, so far as the U.S. economy is concerned it managed to include one bright spot: housing. In January 2020, ahead of the coronavirus, leading experts told [DWM] that even if an economic downturn were to occur, residential construction was expected to continue, despite the circumstances. […]

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