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  • Although housing starts reached a 14-year low in September and price declines are predicted through 2010, Susan Marvin, president of Marvin Windows & Doors, is optimistic about the company’s ability to thrive. Speaking at the Midwest Glass Conference hosted by the Minnesota Glass Association, she reviewed steps the window manufacturer has taken to continue to prosper and offered advice... more »
  • Last week, WDWeekly reported on a presentation made by Susan Marvin, president of Marvin Windows & Doors at the Midwest Glass Conference. Marvin also sat down with WDweekly, to answer a few questions. WDweekly: Marvin was a pioneer in developing a fiberglass product line. Why has Integrity Windows been successful, while other fiberglass window and door lines failed to catch on? Susan Marvin... more »
  • The new home construction downturn has claimed another victim at MI Windows & Doors, which announced this week that it will close its Millen, Ga., manufacturing plant. “Our decision to close the Millen facility has been extremely difficult,” says Matt DeSoto, president of the Eastern division. “Anytime we affect team members and their families by eliminating jobs it comes... more »
  • In a move to increase efficiency, publicly held PGT Industries has engaged in a restructuring plan that calls for reducing overhead and shaving one manufacturing shift off the schedule. In total, the plan is expected to save the company about $16 million. The Venice, Fla.-based manufacturer will reduce its “indirect workforce” by about 17 percent, resulting in an overall decrease of... more »
  • Acquired in July, software supplier Albat+Wirsam officially launched its new partnership with the Glaston Group at GlassBuild America earlier this month. Glaston is the new name for the Finnish company Kyro, combining the operations of Bavelloni and Tamglass, two suppliers of glass processing equipment. Albat+Wirsam continues to operate as an independent subsidiary, supplying software systems... more »
  • The Bilco Co. will shift some manufacturing operations to its recently completed Zanesville, Ohio, facility, adding as many as 30 jobs in the process. Currently, the specialty access product manufacturer conducts its metal manufacturing operations in West Haven, Conn., but will blend its metal and non-metal production in early 2008. The company headquarters, commercial product sales organization... more »
  • Bystronic Glass Inc., the supplier of glass and IG processing equipment, will move its headquarters to a recently-opened facility in Aurora, Colo. The company is currently based in Hauppauge, N.Y. Aurora provides a more central location, offering better access to Western markets, said Claus Rieger, company president. “We feel that the area will help us further develop many important... more »
  • Intigral Inc. is the new name for Edge Seal Technologies, the manufacturer of insulating glass units based in Walton Hills, Ohio. “Pronounced just like integral, Intigral captures the closely linked working relationships we form with customers and focuses attention on the heart of our business—commitment to IG,” says Tom Bradley, president, part of a new management team that has... more »
  • Jeld-Wen Inc. plans to spend about $6.5 million to renovate a building currently on the site of the Yakima, Wash., property it bought two years ago. The goal is to set up a “feeder facility” for its existing plant in Yakima. The national producer employs about 100 people in the area, and the new site may create as many as 85 additional jobs, according to the Yakima (Wash.) Herald-... more »
  • In a move that gives the company’s window business national scope, Ply Gem Industries Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the vinyl window business of CertainTeed Corp. CertainTeed operates three window and patio door fabrication facilities, located in Auburn, Wash., and Corona and Sacramento, Calif. It also extrudes and supplies vinyl window profiles to licensed window... more »