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  • Atis Group has acquired Phoenix Glass, a manufacturer of windows and doors for commercial and residential clients based on Annacis Island, south of Vancouver, B.C. Following up on the purchase of Allied Windows of Abbottsford, B.C., and Bestway of Calgary in late 2006, Atis Group reports that with the addition of Phoenix Glass, Western Canada will represent approximately 20 percent of its sales... more »
  • Shifting its business model in Florida from a builder-direct to a traditional distribution channel strategy, Atrium Cos. Inc. reports it is closing five of its six sales and distribution branches between now and the end of first quarter 2008. The company will maintain its Davie, Fla., operation and continue to operate its Atrium Shutters business from that location. “With housing starts in... more »
  • Following a strategic review announced earlier this year, Quanex Corp. will spin-off its building products business as a stand-alone company. The new Quanex Building Products includes window and door industry suppliers Mikron Industries, Truseal Technologies and Homeshield. The structural change is not expected to affect the day-to-day operations of these companies, notes Gus Coppola,... more »
  • Citing overall market conditions and a comprehensive review of its United Kingdom business, Therma-Tru has announced its intention to close a 52,000-square-foot facility it operates in Wales. More than 150 jobs will be eliminated as a result of the closure. “While we have made considerable progress with rigorous cost-cutting and operational improvements over the past year, the outlook... more »
  • With the theme, Millwork…A Mile High, the Association of Millwork Distributors’ annual convention and exhibition is set for November 1-6 in Denver. The event reflects continued efforts to revitalize the organization, with an expanded educational program and new initiatives designed to attract more attendees to the event. Most noteworthy of the changes is a new initiative to open up... more »
  • Bridgewater Wholesalers Inc., a distributor of interior and exterior doors in the Northeast, is opening two new locations in Massachusetts and North Carolina. Both operations are designed to enable the company to expand into new markets. In Leominster, Mass., BWI has acquired a 158,000-square-foot production and distribution facility acquired through an asset purchase from Masonite International... more »
  • Waterville Window Co. Inc. will expand its factory by about 10,000 square feet to accommodate raw materials that are currently being housed off-site. The Winslow, Maine, producer of vinyl windows expects the project, likely to be completed in September, may add six positions to its employee roster of 36 full-time workers. “We were using too much of our manufacturing facility for storage,... more »
  • Cie. de Saint-Gobain, the French parent of CertainTeed Corp., has acquired Owens-Corning Corp.’s Siding Solutions business for $371 million. The purchase includes the Norandex/Reynolds building products distribution business as well as three Norandex vinyl siding plants. In total, Norandex employs 2,200 people and reported 2006 sales of $866 million. With 153 branches in 38 states,... more »
  • Florida manufacturer NuAir has handed the reins for all of its new construction installation over to Pro-Build, a building materials supplier, in a strategic partnership that aims to offer building professionals consistency in both products and installation. Starting in September, Pro-Build will tout NuAir as its preferred manufacturer in Florida, investing significant resources into promoting... more »
  • Woodgrain Millwork Inc. is closing its plant in White City, Ore., according to a report in the local newspaper. The manufacturer, based in Fruitland, Idaho, is shifting production to another facility in Prineville, Ore., to gain efficiencies. According to the Mail Tribune of Southern Oregon, Woodgrain’s management decided to shut down the White City plant as a result of declining housing... more »