December 17, 2008
Jeld-Wen Inc. laid off 20 percent of the production workforce at its Rantoul, Ill. window plant last Thursday. The company emphasized, however, that the move is a part of a normal annual workforce adjustment reflecting the seasonal dips in new home construction.
“We do this even in good years,” said Teri Cline, directory of corporate communications.... more »
December 15, 2008
Continuing its growth throughout the Northeast, Harvey Building Products has opened the first of two new distribution and showroom facilities in Pennsylvania. Located in King of Prussia, the 50,000-square-foot branch warehouse will contain a 2,000-square-foot product showroom at which homeowners can view Harvey’s full range of manufactured and distributed building products.
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December 15, 2008
Vinyl Life Outdoor Building Products is rolling out its Collective Success Program, designed to provide pre-notched, pre-cut profiles using the Vinyl Link process to window fabricators.
"We will be offering window frame profiles ranging in widths from 2.625 inches up to 3.25 inches,” reports Frank LaSusa, president. Product series' available include... more »
December 12, 2008
The Window Store, based in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., reports it is expanding its offerings, adding doors and windows from Andersen Windows, IWC Windows & Doors, Marvin Windows & Doors’ Integrity line, CertainTeed, and Velux.
“We are pleased to welcome these new manufacturers to our lineup and we look forward to continuing to serve our customers during these... more »
December 11, 2008
With additional loans of $1.35 million from Bank of America and $400,000 from JPMorgan Chase, Republic Windows & Doors has agreed to meet its obligations to its employees, ending a six-day sit-in by the company's union workers that attracted significant national attention.
The money will go toward 60-day severance wages, vacation pay and a two-month extension... more »
December 9, 2008
Chicago-based Republic Windows & Doors closed its doors last Friday, setting off an unlikely whirlwind when factory workers staged a sit-in that attracted the attention of political leaders and the national media (see related story). On the same day, Traco reported the sale of its residential window unit based in Red Oak, Iowa, to Echo Windows LLC, a new company that was later revealed to be... more »
December 8, 2008
What started as just another closure in a year that has been full of bad news has turned into a rallying point for union supporters nationwide and a sore subject for those who perceive government bailout funds as going to corporate officers while blue collar workers are left with nothing. President-elect Barack Obama has publicly expressed his support for Republic Window & Doors’... more »
December 7, 2008
Union workers at Republic Windows & Doors, which announced it was closing its doors on Friday, staged a sit-in this weekend, demanding severance and remaining vacation pay. The Chicago-based manufacturer shut down its operations after Bank of America would no longer extend its line of credit, according to company officials.
The workers' action has attracted significant press... more »
December 5, 2008
Inline Fiberglass Ltd. has entered into an agreement with Distinctive Blinds of the Philippines to set up a manufacturing facility to produce high performance fiberglass windows and other fenestration products. The facility will be set up in Manila, with the operation expected to be up and running by spring of 2009.
"The latest agreement further solidifies our position as the most... more »
December 5, 2008
Republic Windows & Doors shut down on Dec. 5, due to an inability to secure financing, officials report. Bank of America withdrew a credit line because of declining sales at the Chicago-based vinyl window manufacturer, which closed the doors of the company and eliminated over 200 jobs, Republic executives confirm.
Republic employees’ union leaders immediately descended... more »