December 8, 2010
Simonton Windows and Therma-Tru Doors will be part of a new company focused on home and security products, as Fortune Brands Inc., plans to separate its three main business units. Its board of directors has voted to maintain Fortune Brands as a publicly-traded distilled spirits company, spinning off its home and security unit as an independent publicly-traded company with a tax-free sale to... more »
December 7, 2010
PGT Industries is closing its manufacturing plant in Salisbury, N.C., and transferring production operations to its headquarters facility in Venice, Fla. The manufacturer plans to implement the consolidation over the next 60 days and expects it to be complete by the end of the second quarter of 2011.
"We expect that the consolidation of manufacturing operations to our Florida... more »
December 6, 2010
Andersen Corp. has announced that Jim Humphrey, who has been chief executive officer since 2003, will retire from active management on March 31, 2011. He will continue to serve as the company’s board chair and will be succeeded as CEO by Jay Lund, who currently serves as Andersen’s president and COO. These steps are part of a planned succession.
“It has been an honor to lead... more »
December 2, 2010
Graham Architectural Products, based in York, Pa., has acquired the inventory, machinery, equipment and other assets from Keystone Industries Window & Screen Systems Inc. The business will operate as Graham Thermal Products, a subsidiary of Graham Architectural, in a newly-leased 45,000-square-foot facility in New Castle, Pa., where Keystone was located.
Started in 1989, Keystone... more »
December 1, 2010
Jim Doerger, founder of Vinylmax, is assuming the role of chairman of the board for the manufacturer of vinyl and wood replacement windows at the end this year. His daughter, Laura Doerger-Roberts, will become president and general manager, and his sons, Craig Doerger and Dave Doerger, will be named vice presidents, forming the leadership team that will have direct responsibility for all... more »
November 30, 2010
Centor Architectural, the supplier of folding door, screen and blind systems, recently opened a new branch in St. Petersburg, Fla. The location is the first of three new branches planned by the Australian company.
“Our new Florida office will allow us to better address the market in both Southeastern United States, as well as the Caribbean,” says Paul Cornish, Centor Florida... more »
November 29, 2010
A new management team will be taking over day-to-day operations at MDL Doors, as Mervin Lichty, current president and general manager, assumes a new role as the chief strategic officer and chairman. The transition will take place over the next six months.
Established in 1984, MDL Doors is said to be one of the largest pre-hanging facilities in Canada. Based in Brussels, Ont., it supplies... more »
November 29, 2010
Next Dimension Components Inc., a profile wrapping operation in Jefferson, Ohio, recently completed an expansion of its facilities. Doubling in size to 40,000 square feet, the facility houses four new Barberan profile wrapping machines.
“We are approaching our one year anniversary and just doubled our facility size," states Rhine Blake, Next Dimension founder and CEO. "We now have... more »
November 23, 2010
Jeld-Wen Inc. is selling three resorts in Central and Southern Oregon to a new partnership comprising Northview Hotel Group and a subsidiary of funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management LP. The sale includes Brasada Ranch in Powell Butte, Eagle Crest Resort near Redmond (Bend), and Running Y Ranch in Klamath Falls.
“This is an important strategic decision for Jeld-Wen, and I am very... more »
November 23, 2010
Storm door maker Larson Manufacturing plans to end second shift operations at its Clear Lake, Iowa, plant beginning next year, according to an article in the Mason City Globe Gazette. About 60 of the facility's 210 employees will be affected.
"The stagnant economy has not shown clear signs of improving and we need to right-size our capacity to meet the market demand," says Jeff... more »