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  • Lauren Plastics LLC, a division of Lauren International Ltd., has acquired Iso-Trude Inc. of Spring Lake, Mich., a plastics extrusion and engineering company. Continued growth into new markets and products was a driving factor in the acquisition, Lauren officials note. Both companies supply a variety of weatherseal products for door and window applications “The purchase of Iso-Trude allows... more »
  • Masonite International Corp.'s overall sales increased $8.1 million, or 1.9 percent, to $433.1 million in the third quarter of 2013 over the third quarter of 2012. Net sales in the North American segment increased 4.4 percent to $333.1 million from $319 million in Q3 2012. The increase was primarily driven by improvements in average unit prices, according to the company's financial... more »
  • The Carter Lumber Co., which sells windows and doors from Ply Gem, Andersen, Jeld-Wen, Therma-Tru, Larsen and Silver Line, announced it has consolidated 26 stores as of November 1, 2013, mainly within the Midwest region. Carter expects less than 30 employees to lose their jobs as a result. The consolidation is a reflection of the company's effort to support its recent addition of 10 stores... more »
  • In a November 1 letter to North American customers, Guardian Industries announced it would increase prices as follows, effective with shipments beginning November 25, 2013: 5 percent on ClimaGuard products 9 percent on clear and pattern glass products from 6 millimeters to 19 mm in thickness, and all tempered thicknesses 7 percent on clear and pattern glass 5 mm and thinner 9 percent on all... more »
  •         Chelsea extrusion lines Chelsea Building Products Inc. announced plans to invest in new high-capacity vinyl profile extruders and downstream equipment for its production facility in Oakmont, Pa., during fourth quarter 2013. The investment is expected to increase Chelsea's lineal production capacity by 20 percent.  The investment in new extruding... more »
  •       Custom decorative glass manufacturer Kenyon’s Glass launched a website devoted to informing manufacturers and consumers of its capabilities. In addition to highlighting the decorative door and window glass products and services available from the company, the new website also features a Design Your Own tab for customers to visualize a... more »
  • PGT Inc. saw improved financial results for the third quarter ended September 28, 2013. "We delivered our highest quarterly sales since the first quarter of 2007, coming in at $64.9 million, up 45 percent over the third quarter of 2012," reports Rod Hershberger, president and CEO. "A combination of improving market conditions and marketing programs focused on both consumers and... more »
  • Builders FirstSource Inc. reported increased third quarter sales and income. Specifically: third quarter 2013 sales increased 38.1 percent to $402.9 million compared to third quarter 2012 sales of $291.8 million gross margin percentage improved to 23.0 percent, up from 19.8 percent in the third quarter of 2012 Operating income was $20.3 million, up nearly $22.0 million when compared to an... more »
  • WTS Paradigm was ranked among the top five private business job creators within Wisconsin in Inc. magazine's second annual Inc. Hire Power Awards, which recognizes private businesses that have generated the most jobs in the past three years. WTS Paradigm generated 37 jobs from January 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013. “It has been an exciting experience to watch our company double in size over the... more »
  • Window and door fabricator Burlington Windows Ltd., recently switched exclusively to Deceuninck as its supplier, according to an Oct. 21 Deceuninck release. “Price has increasingly become an issue, which spurred us to look for [supplier] alternatives," says Andy Tagg, managing director of Burlington Windows. "We’re a small company and we found that other systems companies... more »