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  • With additional loans of $1.35 million from Bank of America and $400,000 from JPMorgan Chase,  Republic Windows & Doors has agreed to meet its obligations to its employees, ending a six-day sit-in by the company's union workers that attracted significant national attention. The money will go toward  60-day severance wages, vacation pay and a two-month extension... more »
  • Chicago-based Republic Windows & Doors closed its doors last Friday, setting off an unlikely whirlwind when factory workers staged a sit-in that attracted the attention of political leaders and the national media (see related story). On the same day, Traco reported the sale of its residential window unit based in Red Oak, Iowa, to Echo Windows LLC, a new company that was later revealed to be... more »
  • What started as just another closure in a year that has been full of bad news has turned into a rallying point for union supporters nationwide and a sore subject for those who perceive government bailout funds as going to corporate officers while blue collar workers are left with nothing. President-elect Barack Obama has publicly expressed his support for Republic Window & Doors’... more »
  • Union workers at Republic Windows & Doors, which announced it was closing its doors on Friday, staged a sit-in this weekend, demanding severance and remaining vacation pay.  The Chicago-based manufacturer shut down its operations after Bank of America would no longer extend its line of credit, according to company officials. The workers' action has attracted significant press... more »
  • Inline Fiberglass Ltd. has entered into an agreement with Distinctive Blinds of the Philippines to set up a manufacturing facility to produce high performance fiberglass windows and other fenestration products. The facility will be set up in Manila, with the operation expected to be up and running by spring of 2009. "The latest agreement further solidifies our position as the most... more »
  • Republic Windows & Doors shut down on Dec. 5, due to an inability to secure financing, officials report.  Bank of America withdrew a credit line because of declining sales at the Chicago-based vinyl window manufacturer, which closed the doors of the company and eliminated over 200 jobs, Republic executives confirm. Republic employees’ union leaders immediately descended... more »
  • Traco is selling its residential vinyl replacement division to Echo Windows LLC, which is described as a strategic buyer with experience in the residential marketplace. As part of the agreement, Echo has purchased Traco's Red Oak, Iowa, manufacturing plant, where it will produce Sienna Series vinyl windows and Power Two composite vinyl/aluminum windows. "The decision to sell our... more »
  • PPG Industries is closing its PRC insulating glass sealants business. The company cites declining demand in the North American residential construction market as the primary reason for this decision. Production is expected to cease by March 15, 2009, at its Gloucester City, N.J., insulating glass sealants manufacturing facility, which employs approximately 29 people. “These decisions... more »
  • Gord Wiebe is stepping down as president of All Weather Windows, which states that it is the largest Canadian owned door and window manufacturer.   Wiebe remains in his position as CEO.  Richard Scott, currently vice president and general manager, is taking over as president with respsonsibility for day-to-day operations. Wiebe has held the position of CEO and president since... more »
  • Traco will move manufacturing operations for its impact window line from its Bainbridge, Ga. facility to its Johnson City, Tenn. facility, which will result in the layoff of approximately 100 employees. The Georgia plant will continue to produce non-impact products, with about 70 employees remaining on staff.   Robin Randall, Traco vice president of marketing, stresses... more »