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  • Targeting builders, remodelers, contractors and architects, Pella Corp. is once again hosting a series of half-day trade events around the country designed to to provide updates on new building practices, products and services.  With a theme of "Go for It!," events will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays at stadium arenas in major markets across the U.S. and Canada from January... more »
  • The Riverside Co., a Cleveland-based private equity group, has acquired a stake in replacement window maker Sunrise Windows from FdG  Associates. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. “Sunrise has grown its sales every year since 1995 and has weathered the housing crisis because it is focused on the replacement market. They are a very strong company with great products,... more »
  • After closing its doors last week, Windowizards Inc., a Pennsylvania window dealer, resumed operations Monday.  A statement from Harvey Goodman posted on the company Web site attributed the problems to lack of product from a supplier, although the supplier was not identified. "As chairman of a family-owned company in operation for more than 50 years, I want to reassure our customers,... more »
  • Like the Senate on Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation last night extending the Bush tax cuts for another two years. Expected to be signed by President Obama today, the final bill features a tax credit of up to $200 for Energy Star-qualified windows and skylights and up to  $500 for Energy Star-qualified doors for 2011. "WDMA members and staff worked with... more »
  • Dove Vinyl Windows is expanding with plans to invest $2 million to open a new manufacturing operation in Pulaski County, Va. The Wilkes-Barre, Pa.-based manufacturer plans to create 100 new jobs at the 75,000-square-foot facility. "The new plant is an important aspect to our current company objectives of strategically servicing our customers in existing markets and long-term goals as a... more »
  • After acquiring the assets of Lifetime Doors in October, Masonite International is now planning to close five of its six plants around the country, according to an article in the News-Gazette of Champaign, Ill.  Masonite is closing Lifetime's interior door manufacturing facilities in Watseka, Ill.; Easton, Pa.; Hearne, Texas; Los Banos, Calif., and Sacramento, Calif.  It will continue... more »
  • Moving to consolidate production capacity to match market demand, Schield Family Brands plans to move certain assembly lines from its plant in Park Falls, Wis., to its facility in Mosinee, Wis., the company reports. The 400,000-square-foot plant in Park Falls has been predominantly focused on Weather Shield, Peachtree and Visions brand patio and entry doors and employs 158 workers. Under the... more »
  • Simonton Windows and Therma-Tru Doors will be part of a new company focused on home and security products, as Fortune Brands Inc., plans to separate its three main business units. Its board of directors has voted to maintain Fortune Brands as a publicly-traded distilled spirits company, spinning off its home and security unit as an independent publicly-traded company with a tax-free sale to... more »
  • PGT Industries is closing its manufacturing plant in Salisbury, N.C., and transferring production operations to its headquarters facility in Venice, Fla.  The manufacturer plans to implement the consolidation over the next 60 days and expects it to be complete by the end of the second quarter of 2011. "We expect that the consolidation of manufacturing operations to our Florida... more »
  • Andersen Corp. has announced that Jim Humphrey, who has been chief executive officer since 2003, will retire from active management on March 31, 2011. He will continue to serve as the company’s board chair and will be succeeded as CEO by Jay Lund, who currently serves as Andersen’s president and COO. These steps are part of a planned succession. “It has been an honor to lead... more »