November 10, 2009
Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co. Inc. is laying off 334 of its production and office employees as a result of the continuing decline in the residential and light commercial construction industry, officials report. Most of the affected employees work at the company’s Wausau, Wis., facility.
“The company anticipates the lay-off to be a temporary measure, intending to call back as many of... more »
November 10, 2009
Masonite Inc., the manufacturer of interior and exterior doors, has acquired the assets of 7 Tech, an Israeli-based steel security and safety door business. Masonite’s Israeli subsidiaries Etz Karmiel Ltd. and Open Gallery Ltd. will add the 7 Tech steel security and safety doors, which feature attractive modern and European styling, to expand options for Masonite customers in Israel, the... more »
November 4, 2009
BlackEagle Partners LLC, a private equity firm focused on turnarounds and special situations, and Building Industry Partners LLC, a private equity firm focused on the U.S. building products industry, have joined with L.T. Gibson to form US LBM Holdings LLC to acquire three regional operations from Stock Building Supply LLC.
The new firm is buying pro dealer operations serving Wisconsin,... more »
November 3, 2009
VKR Holding A/S has purchased the Western Canadian operations of the Gienow Group from Sankaty Advisors LLC. Denmark-based VKR Holding is the parent company of Velux, the manufacturer of skylights with operations in the U.S. and throughout the world.
VKR is acquiring the Gienow, Award and AWD business units, which employ about 650 people and operate three window and door manufacturing facilities... more »
November 3, 2009
Harvey Building Products, the manufacturer and distributor of windows, doors and patio rooms serving the Northeast, plans to reposition its manufacturing facilities by closing its leased facility in Springfield, Mass., and transferring production to Harvey-owned plants in Dartmouth, Mass., and Londonderry, N.H. Interested employees from the Springfield facility will be transferred to the... more »
November 2, 2009
Serious Materials, the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based window manufacturer, hosted a press conference last week to announce the largest weatherization agency in the United States, the Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County (CEDA), is using its high R-value SeriousWindows for the Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program. The decision is expected to generate significant demand... more »
October 30, 2009
MI Windows & Doors plans to idle its Salisbury, N.C., window fabrication plant. The decision will affect 110 employees currently working at the facility.
“Our decision to idle the Salisbury facility has been extremely difficult," says Stan Sullivan, MI's Eastern Division president. "Anytime we affect team members and their families by eliminating jobs it comes with much... more »
October 26, 2009
North Carolina-based Hughes Supply Co., a supplier of window and door components, has signed on Larry Czapla's Systems & Components Group LLC to represent its products in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Ohio and Kentucky.
"Hughes Supply is a 38-year-old injection molding company that has been well established in a large number of market areas," says Chris Rogers... more »
October 23, 2009
Masonite Corp. is closing its Mohawk Flush Door plant in South Bend, Ind., according to several newspaper reports. The company expects to phase-out production over the next few months, shifting work to other North American facilities.
"Despite the dedicated efforts of a talented group of workers, we were forced to make a difficult decision to cease production at this facility," said... more »
October 19, 2009
In an effort to increase its market presence, Crystal Window & Door Systems has initiated steps to integrate its Chicago-based affiliate manufacturer operations into its national operations. The move will add the 80,000-square-foot Chicago factory to Crystal Window's current 340,000-square-foot network of window production and aluminum extrusion facilities.
Crystal Chicago began operations in... more »