A MESSAGE FROM REG & TOM
Dear customers, partners & vendors,
It is humbling, worthwhile, and certainly rewarding to look back and see the steps that brought us to where we are today. We began our partnership in 1989 working on small side jobs and over these three decades, we have built our company steadily, with no regrets. We are quite proud of our growth and accomplishments, but at the same time, we stay mindful of the effects of disruptions. A shaken economy took its toll on many businesses over the past decade; the home improvement industry was no exception. We were fortunate to have weathered the storms. We do believe that to a certain extent, that period of instability kept us focused and organized in our business planning and strategies. The unpredictability of the times worked in our favor, but to this day, we take nothing for granted.
As many of you know, 2017 brought us some great changes. We expanded our business and moved into a new building. We are very proud to be Windows Plus, LLC & Allied The Window Center, LLC and feel very much at home in our new location at 4321 Markham Street in Annandale. These acquisitions marked a tremendous and emotional move for us; we feel privileged to be at this stage with our company.
We are very fortunate to celebrate another successful year and we owe a debt of gratitude to our customers, vendors and partners—you are the backbone of our success. You have placed continued trust and confidence in our work, in our staff and with our crews, and for this, we are very grateful. You have made the difference in our success, no question.
We remain committed to providing excellence as we enter another year together. We look forward to new challenges, new products and information and ways in which we can grow our relationships to greater levels. We welcome your feedback and comments anytime and we certainly hope that you will stop by our office for a visit. You are always welcome!
Our very best to you for an outstanding 2018.
JOINING OUR FORCE
We are proud to announce some recent additions to our team. We welcome Jamie Carayiannis , who joined our Residential Sales Division in September; Tony Brazley , who joined our Services Division in November; and, Anthony Pizzo , who joined our Services Division in December.
Crockpot Stuffed Green Bell Peppers
Yields 6 servings
✔ 6 green bell peppers, washed, topped and seeded
✔ 1 T shortening
✔ 1.5 pounds ground beef or ground turkey
✔ 1 cup cooked rice
✔ 1 small onion chopped
✔ 1 tsp. salt
✔ 1/8 tsp. each black pepper and basil
✔ 1/2 cup Ketchup
✔ 8-ounce can tomato sauce
(can be with or without seasoning)
✔ Heat shortening in pan and brown meat.
✔ Combine meat and next (6) ingredients.
✔ Stuff bell peppers and arrange in crock pot. These can be stacked.
✔ Pour tomato sauce over the peppers.
✔ Cook on low for 6–7 hours or on high, 3–4 hours.
PROJECTIONS IN HOME IMPROVEMENTS INTO 2018
The forecast for the home improvement industry is looking very positive. In October, Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University released its third quarter report on the outlook of home improvements for 2018. Per Leader Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA, October 19, 2017), yearly gains in home improvement spending by October of 2018 will have increased from 6.3% to 7.7%. These statistics do not take into account the future spending for repairs and renovations due to natural disasters, but those figures will alter the market significantly.
“Recent strengthening of the U.S. economy, tight for-sale housing inventories, and healthy home equity gains are all working to boost home improvement activity,” says Chris Herbert, managing director of the Joint Center for Housing Studies. “During 2018, owners are projected to spend in excess of $330 billion on home upgrades and replacements, as well as routine maintenance.”
Although most of these improvement dollars will be spent by older homeowners, there is an uptake of the younger generation entering the housing market. The tight market brings the concern of affordability to the forefront, but statistics show that an increased number of millennials are making choices to buy older homes and spend on renovations and repairs. Various factors support the underpinning of an increased market, but as the economy steams ahead and consumer confidence builds, the home improvement industry will continue to surge upward in 2018. Great news for our industry!
Our “Red Key Program” is a proven handy resource for onsite managers. Thank you for all the great feedback! Our red USB key contains helpful material—product brochures, warranties, industry tips, FAQs, and articles on popular topics, such as glass issues and condensation. We have updated the keys to reflect changes for 2018. If you would like keys for your property, please contact us at 703-256-0600 or make a request to: email@example.com. We will be glad to mail these or hand deliver them to you.
WAYS TO GIVE BACK
At this time of year, we get so many requests for donations, but giving money is not the only answer. Volunteerism has great intrinsic value and is a way to demonstrate your company’s passion and loyalty to the community. Here are some sustainable ways that a small business can be of support:
✔ Get involved in a civic endeavor. In addition to supporting a cause, this is an opportunity to build networks and trust with others.
✔ Be proud of local businesses and buy local products.
✔ Show support by giving employees an allotted time to volunteer each year.
✔ Sponsor a local youth sports team. In addition to helping the youth, this is a chance to showcase your brand and boost your image.