Friday, September 10, 2010

Mr. Donald Trump: You Can Buy American

While speaking on the state of the economy this morning on CNBC’s Squawk Box, Donald Trump lamented that he had to use Chinese windows for one of his projects. Precisely, he said “I ordered windows…thousands of windows…the other day. They’re made in China. I don’t want to buy them. But it’s hard to get them anywhere else.” (Click here for his comments.)

As an employee of the National Glass Association, I'm certainly sympathetic to Mr. Trump’s desire to use North American products for his projects and I applaud his support of the North American fenestration industry. However, I wonder if he did his due diligence. If he had used the NGA website to find a business, he could have found any number of providers who would be more than happy to work with him.  A quick glance at the NGA's Find a Member function (available to the public at no charge) shows the following NGA members in the New York/New Jersey area, who might be able to help Mr. Trump find the windows he needs:

  • All Action Architectural Metal & Glass
  • Clifton Architectural Glass & Metal
  • Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope, Inc.
Plus, many other business are available in the area, including members of the Window & Door Dealers Alliance.

Mr. Trump, here's your invitation to attend next week’s GlassBuild America in Las Vegas, which includes exhibitors from around the world. It’s your chance to see just how dynamic the market is for windows in North America. Perhaps you could find an appropriate partner there.

Members of the glass industry: Tell me what you think by posting your comments here.

Matt Rumbaugh
Sr. Manager of Education, Training, and Certification
National Glass Association, Window & Door Dealers Alliance

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