January 15, 2009
The union representing workers at the Republic Windows & Doors plant in Chicago reports that Serious Materials, a manufacturer of high-performance windows and doors, is in the final stages of working out an agreement to purchase the assets of the manufacturer, which closed down operations late last year.
Members of UE Local 1110 staged a sit-in at the Chicago plant last month, attracting... more »
January 14, 2009
While many window and door manufacturers are just looking to survive the coming year, Vista Window Co. LLC is looking for growth. The replacement window manufacturer expects to be up 25 to 30 percent over last year, when it also saw gains, according to CEO Dan McCarthy.
The Warren, Ohio, based company joined the INC Magazine list of the Top 5,000 fastest growing companies in America in... more »
January 13, 2009
PGT Inc., the Florida-based manufacturer of windows and doors, is decreasing its workforce by 10 percent today as part of a restructuring. The company said today the restructuring comes as a result of continued analysis of its target markets, internal structure, projected run-rate, and efficiency.
"These actions were necessary given the continuing... more »
January 12, 2009
BFRich Windows & Doors, based in Newark, Del., has achieved Certified Green Dealer status after its staff participated in voluntary educational training and testing on good green building techniques and green product choices for windows and building materials.
The Certified Green Dealer program was created under the auspices of LBM Journal, a national trade magazine serving the lumber... more »
January 9, 2009
Andersen Windows will lay off 50 employees and conduct a seasonal layoff of 400 employees, the company confirmed on Jan. 8.
“These decisions are not easy, and we don’t make them lightly,” said Maureen McDonough, director of corporate communications with the company. “We recognize the impact on employees and their families and we intend to provide assistance to the affected... more »
January 6, 2009
Gorell Windows & Doors has announced that despite the current downturn in the home-improvement industry, it experienced a record increase in new business last year. The Indiana, Pa., based manufacturer reported a nearly 30 percent increase in the number of new dealers and distributors that signed on in 2008 versus 2007.
The amount of new... more »
January 6, 2009
Following up on their victory to receive severance and back vacation pay, members of the United Electrical Workers Local 1110 plan to file charges against Republic Windows & Doors at the National Labor Relations Board in Chicago today.
According to the union Web site, www.ueunion.org, Republic's former workers are charging the company with shutting down operations without... more »
January 5, 2009
The principals of ProVia Door are purchasing the assets of Heartland Building Products, the siding business that was once part of the Jancor Cos., which filed for bankruptcy protection last year. In addition to the Booneville, Miss., based siding company, the purchase includes two separate manufacturing facilities in Mississippi.
ProVia reports that the purchase has... more »
January 5, 2009
Ultrafab Inc. has signed a deal with Sealmax to distribute the Canadian company’s urethane foam seals to window and door manufacturers in the United States. The line of urethane foam seals will be marketed under the name of Pro-Lon in the U.S., officials note.
The newly formed, long-term alliance will expand the reach of Sealmax’s foam seal technology through the use of Ultrafab... more »
January 2, 2009
Facing a year-end deadline that could have forced the company into bankruptcy proceedings, Masonite International Inc. has entered into an extension of a forbearance agreement it reached with creditors in November. Under the new agreement, lenders have agreed not to exercise their rights against the door maker until the end of January.
In a Dec. 31 announcement... more »