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  • National Vinyl Products recently joined the list of window manufacturers offering a product line that incorporates integrated sash technology from Sashlite Inc. The Chicopee, Mass.-based vinyl window manufacturer recently launched its Contempo line, targeting high-end remodeling dealers with the product. Based on initial response, the company is “expecting great things,” according to... more »
  • BiltBest Windows & Patio Doors, based in Ste. Genevieve, Mo., has signed a long-term labor agreement with its manufacturing employees. The contract incorporates a new gain-sharing program that “will cement a strong partnership between the company and its employees, and align all company resources in maintaining strong business relationships with its customers, meeting flexible... more »
  • A group of 12 investors, including some former executives from Simonton Windows, have launched a new vinyl window manufacturing operation. The company, called Wincore Windows & Doors, recently started production in a 50,000-square-foot facility in Parkersburg, W.Va. The company will draw on the experience of several industry veterans for leadership, including Rick Barton, who serves as... more »
  • ETC Laboratories will transition to an 83,000-square-foot facility in Rochester, N.Y., later this year. Company officials expect the new facility will be fully operational and accredited by early 2008. The new site, just a mile or so down the road from ETC’s current location near the Rochester airport, will feature 32 feet high bay space, four overhead cranes and three multi-use... more »
  • ATech Machine has signed an agreement with Murat Machine of Turkey to represent its line of window and door equipment in the North American market for window and door machinery and equipment. A manufacturer of vinyl machinery since 1983, Murat Machine operates an 85,000-square-foot facility in Istanbul, where it has a staff of approximately 150 people. In the past three years alone, Murat... more »
  • Wheeler’s Building Materials has expanded with the addition of a 177,000-square-foot manufacturing and distribution facility in Charlotte, N.C. To better serve the greater Atlanta area, it also plans to move its existing window production in Cumming, Ga., to a new location in Gwinnett, Ga. The company began manufacturing and distributing windows, doors and trim from the new North Carolina... more »
  • Gorell Windows & Doors has expanded manufacturing operations at its Indiana, Penn., facility by adding 50,000 square feet of space. The company reports needing additional space to keep up with production demands, particularly to accommodate a fully automated specialty glass-cutting machine recently installed for its new line of hurricane impact products. The company reports that other new... more »
  • CraftMaster Manufacturing Inc. has wrapped up construction of its new interior door production facility in Garland, Texas, located just northeast of Dallas. The facility measures 253,000 square feet and will be the company’s third door manufacturing facility. CMI announced the expansion last November and had expected the plant to be online in the second quarter of this year. The company... more »
  • Employees of Hurd Windows & Doors voted last week to deunionize the company’s Merrill, Wis., facility. The dissolution of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America union follows similar moves at the manufacturer’s Medford, Wis., facilities earlier this year. The Merrill facilities were the last in the company network to be represented by a union. “We... more »
  • A deal in Britain is bringing two suppliers together and to the North American window and door industry—Schlegel Building Products and the Amesbury Group. On Monday, Lupus Capital plc, a London-based specialty investment firm that acquired Schlegel last year, added Amesbury with the purchase of the security systems unit of the UK-based Laird Group. With the transaction, Schlegel’s U... more »