November/December 2002

     From the Editor
by Samantha Carpenter

A Double Surprise

Life has a way of changing, not just in our personal lives but in our professional lives as well.

Well, here is the big change in my life … My husband returned home from his deployment in Egypt at the end of July, and in August we were met with a huge surprise. We found out that we were pregnant and due in April. But the surprise didn’t end there. Our doctor informed me that we weren’t going to have just one baby, but two. When I found out that we were having twins, my husband was visiting his parents in Southeast Arkansas. As I was leaving the doctor’s office, I promptly gave him a call on his cell phone.

“I just want you to know that we are so done after this,” I said.

“What? What are you saying?” he said.

“We are SO done after this,” I repeated.

“I don’t understand what you are saying,” he said.

“We are going to have to buy double everything,” I said.

You may never have been faced with the idea of having twins, but you may be faced with having to buy two machines for your company or you may be faced with having to hire two new sales employees when you don’t know how the budget is going to allow for these things.

This month in SHELTER we are addressing areas within the building products industry that are changing. For instance, we are including an article written by Alan Campbell, president of the Window and Door Manufacturers Association about the Side-Hinged Exterior Door Standard. This was an important seminar topic at the NSDJA convention in San Antonio and prompted much discussion (see related article, "An Up-Beat Convention"). Campbell’s article, which will give a preliminary look at the standard, was previously published in SHELTER’s sister publication, Door and Window Maker. Campbell will be writing a follow-up article for the January/February 2003 issue of SHELTER, which will focus on what this standard means for distributors. 

As new products come out on the market, many of you are left with inventory that is outdated or that you can’t sell. For those of you who are looking for an avenue to reduce some of your unwanted inventory while getting a tax deduction, you can read about Naeir, a company who offers this service (see related article, "New Door Standard Hot Topic for Jobbers.").

Plus, don’t miss the news section, which addresses the latest in the White House’s forest plan, the Canadian lumber-tariff debate and much more (see related section, "In the News").

None of us can stop the fact that life is ever changing. So the best thing we can do is to become educated about the issues surrounding us and look for ways to better our companies, careers and families. I plan on reading a lot of parenting books on raising twins! 


Samantha Carpenter, Editor

P.S. If any of you have twins and you have some pointers, I would love to hear them.


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