December 17, 2010
Like the Senate on Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation last night extending the Bush tax cuts for another two years. Expected to be signed by President Obama today, the final bill features a tax credit of up to $200 for Energy Star-qualified windows and skylights and up to $500 for Energy Star-qualified doors for 2011.
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December 15, 2010
Dove Vinyl Windows is expanding with plans to invest $2 million to open a new manufacturing operation in Pulaski County, Va. The Wilkes-Barre, Pa.-based manufacturer plans to create 100 new jobs at the 75,000-square-foot facility.
"The new plant is an important aspect to our current company objectives of strategically servicing our customers in existing markets and long-term goals as a... more »
December 14, 2010
After acquiring the assets of Lifetime Doors in October, Masonite International is now planning to close five of its six plants around the country, according to an article in the News-Gazette of Champaign, Ill.
Masonite is closing Lifetime's interior door manufacturing facilities in Watseka, Ill.; Easton, Pa.; Hearne, Texas; Los Banos, Calif., and Sacramento, Calif. It will continue... more »
December 14, 2010
Moving to consolidate production capacity to match market demand, Schield Family Brands plans to move certain assembly lines from its plant in Park Falls, Wis., to its facility in Mosinee, Wis., the company reports. The 400,000-square-foot plant in Park Falls has been predominantly focused on Weather Shield, Peachtree and Visions brand patio and entry doors and employs 158 workers.
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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.
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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.
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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 »