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  • Eastman Chemical Co. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Commonwealth Laminating & Coating, Inc. The company, which had 2013 sales revenue of approximately $100 million, is an independent manufacturer and global marketer and distributor of window films and specialty films for architectural, automotive, and protective applications. The acquisition will include Commonwealth... more »
  • VEKA Group will acquire GEALAN Holding GmbH, the European manufacturer of smart window systems, from Halder Beratungsbeteiligung, including all of GEALAN's European subsidiaries and activities. With the takeover still pending approval, both companies have agreed to keep details of the deal confidential.  By acquiring its competitor, the VEKA Group is strengthening its... more »
  • Tyman plc, the British parent of Amesbury and Truth Hardware, reports it is "pleased with the progress made towards the integration of the two businesses" and cites a key priority in 2014 as completing the "integration of Amesbury and Truth into a single customer-facing organization." Earlier this year, the company appointed new leadership to oversee the combined organizations... more »
  • CopyTele, Inc., a company that protects the rights of inventors through patent monetization and patent assertion, announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, J-Channel Industries Corp., has entered into a license and settlement agreement with PGT Industries, Inc., in connection with CTI's patented J-Channel Window Frame Construction technology. The license is the fifth license for the J-Channel... more »
  • Technoform Bautec North America Inc. partnered with sales and distribution company Quincaillerie Rabel Inc. to reach the Quebec, Canada, window and door market. The collaboration builds upon Quincaillerie Rabel’s existing sales and distribution of Technoform Glass Insulation and expands Technoform Bautec’s sales representation throughout one of Canada’s largest provinces, the... more »
  • Window and door dealers and manufacturers say one of their biggest challenges this year will be adapting to how the Internet is continuously changing the way they do business: from managing their online reputations to dealing with customers armed with information gleaned from the web.  Social media can build or tarnish a company’s social reputation, and help or hinder it from closing... more »
  • Ply Gem Windows introduced the ProVantage preferred contractor program, designed to provide tools and support to help qualified professional remodelers find the best prospects, close more sales and build a better business, the company reports. ProVantage members will have a personalized website, a preferred listing on Ply Gem’s website, as well as on Angie’s List, and access to high... more »
  • Chelsea Building Products has secured a registered trademark for its Ccore product from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The company developed Ccore as a composite reinforcement for vinyl windows, doors and other building products. It is made of an engineered patented polymer that is structurally stronger than PVC, according to Chelsea's Mark Ammer, director of operations and R... more »
  • Masonite International Corporation completed the acquisition of Door-Stop International Limited, the United Kingdom’s largest pre-hanger and distributor of composite exterior residential doors and door sets, for approximately $50 million.  Door-Stop, with one facility in Nottinghamshire, England, employs approximately 200 people. Its 2013 revenue exceeded $38 million.  "... more »
  • Fortune Brands Windows & Doors added 470 new jobs in 2013 across its three brands—Therma-Tru Corp., Simonton Windows and Fypon—a result of increased door, window and trim product sales for both new construction and replacement markets in 2013, the company reports. "Our window and door segment sales increased 12 percent for the full year of 2013," says Mark Savan,... more »