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  • Serious Materials, the Sunnyvale, Calif., manufacturer of high performance windows and glass, has acquired the assets of Kensington Windows, the vinyl replacement window manufacturer based in Vandergrift, Pa. Kensington was previously owned by the Jancor Cos., which shut the operation down last October and filed for Chapter 11 shortly thereafter. Kevin Surace, Serious Materials' CEO, reports that... more »
  • Houston based locksmith supplier H.L. Flake will serve as the primary distributor for Amesbury Locca in Texas. The company will handle Amesbury products including its new remote access control, wireless remote intercom systems and two styles of remote buttons. Amesbury’s new line of remote access products can be used in conjunction with electronic strikes to allow instant access at the... more »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »