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Demand for windows, doors to rise almost 10%

BY Brae Canlen

U.S. demand for windows and doors is expected to rise 9.3% annually through 2016, according to a study conducted by the Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based market research firm. The forecasted growth is attributed to a rebound in housing completions and gains in building construction from a depressed 2011 base. 

Plastic windows and doors will see the fastest gains through 2016, advancing nearly 12% per year. Growth will be driven by consumer perception that plastic is energy efficient and provides a high degree of value.  Plastic windows and doors have taken market share from wood and metal products in recent decades and will continue to do so over the forecast period. Efforts by manufacturers to improve the aesthetics of plastic products by offering fiberglass doors with wood grain textures or vinyl windows in a wider range of colors will promote demand in both unit and value terms. 

Metal windows and doors accounted for the largest share of window and door demand in 2011, and are expected to continue to lead the market in 2016. Rebounding housing activity will also increase demand for metal products. Population growth in the South and West will contribute to gains, as metal products are often installed in those regions because there is less concern about heat loss through fenestration products. Increased spending on nonresidential building construction will also boost metal window and door demand. Metal products are often installed in nonresidential structures because of their durability and low cost. 

Demand for wood windows and doors is forecast to rise 10.2% per year through 2016. Consumer perception of wood as an aesthetically pleasing material that adds value to a home will help boost sales. Many builders and homeowners, especially in the mid-range and high-end housing markets, will continue to specify wood products.

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Home Depot names Mark Vadon to its board

BY HBSDealer Staff

The Home Depot has announced the appointment of Mark Vadon, 42, to the its board of directors. Vadon will be a member of the Audit and Finance Committees. His appointment gives the company 11 directors, 10 of whom are independent.

In 1999, Vadon co-founded Blue Nile, an online retailer of diamonds and fine jewelry, and has served as the chairman of its board of directors since its inception. Vadon has also served as the company’s executive chairman, CEO and president. Prior to co-founding Blue Nile, Vadon was a consultant for Bain & Co., which he joined in 1992. In 2009, Vadon co-founded zulily, a daily deals site for moms, babies and kids. He serves as the chairman of its board of directors.

"Mark’s expertise in developing and implementing successful online strategies will be a benefit to our company and an asset to our board," said Frank Blake, chairman and CEO. "I am pleased to welcome him to the board and look forward to his contributions."

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Florida man arrested after breaking into HD, punching police dog

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A shoplifting suspect in St. Lucie West, Fla., was arrested Sept. 18 after attempted break-ins at both Home Depot and Lowe’s, according to a report by CBS-affiliate Channel 12.

According to police reports, 48-year-old Mark Earl Cross cut a hole in the garden center fence at Lowe’s at 10 a.m., then went across the street to a Home Depot store, where he used a hacksaw to cut a lock off a garden center gate. Police say the suspect went inside the Home Depot, but left quickly and returned to Lowe’s, where he grabbed three drills and placed them next to the hole in that garden center’s fence. Cross then left the store and circled around to the fence, but suspicious store employees had removed the drills before he could get to them.

Cross left the store on his bike, but was intercepted by police, according to the news report. The suspect abandoned his bike and ran into a wooded area, where a tracking dog found him. Police say Cross punched the police dog before being taken into custody; he suffered cuts to his face, chest and fingers in the scuffle.

Authorities later found a pair of wire cutters on Cross, and Home Depot employees found bolt cutters and a hacksaw next to the breached gate. 

Cross was jailed on charges of burglary of an occupied dwelling, possession of burglary tools, grand theft, criminal mischief, trespassing and resisting officers with violence.

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