Viwinco Launches New Product Line

January 1, 2008
Companies
Viwinco Inc., a long-time fabricator of CertainTeed brand windows and doors, has started production of its own line of Viwinco brand vinyl products. Initially targeting its existing customer base of wholesale distributors in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, the manufacturer is now offering three replacement lines, a new construction product and an impact-resistant window.

“Our goal was to use our manufacturing experience as a licensed fabricator of window products to create new vinyl window and patio door products with the features, styling, and ratings our customers really wanted—but under our own name,” says David Barnes, Viwinco president. “We want to respond to our market more quickly while we continue to provide the service, short lead times, and best quality window and door products our customers have come to expect.”

Based in Morgantown, Pa., the company has been manufacturing vinyl windows since 1982. It has spent more than a year developing and testing the new products, Barnes points out. The company has also invested about $5 million in its plant to produce the new lines. Incorporating some of the latest in manufacturing technology, Viwinco is able to produce all five product lines—including its impact product—in mixed runs on the same equipment, he adds.

The new products include Edgemont, Strafford, and Cambridge model replacement windows as well as Viwinco Signature Series windows for the new construction market. Barnes also says that “homeowners can’t tell the difference” between its new OceanView impact-resistant window line and its regular windows, making him particularly optimistic for the impact line.

The company will focus on serving its existing customers with the new Viwinco brand products, but Barnes does see opportunities for the company to expand its customer base.

While Viwinco has discontinued production of CertainTeed brand windows, they continue to be manufactured under license by several regional fabricators, as well as MI Windows & Doors and Ply Gem Industries. CertainTeed Corp. itself has exited the vinyl window business, selling its Indiana plant as well as other assets to MI in 2006. Last year, CertainTeed sold its California window manufacturing and vinyl extrusion operations to Ply Gem.