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  • New this fall, the Platinum App from Hunter Douglas is designed to make precise control of motorized window fashions throughout the home much simpler. The system works with home wireless networks with interface componentry that enables homeowners to control shades with an Apple mobile device, the supplier states.   The app lets users operate window coverings by scene (“Movie... more »
  • After moving into an expanded facility earlier this year, LaCantina Doors officially celebrated its grand opening last week, inviting area architects, dealers, customers and other project partners for an open house at its new showroom, headquarters and manufacturing plant.   LaCantina invited architects, dealers and customers for an official grand opening celebration of its new... more »
  • While many manufacturing industries are expected to lose jobs, a new report from IbisWorld points to millwork as an industry with a strong employment outlook over the next five years.  Millwork, along with several other industries, will benefit from two trends–growth in residential construction and the increasing importance of customization to consumers, researchers suggest. The report... more »
  • Reflecting an improvement in demand for its products, Ply Gem Windows has announced plans to add of 200 jobs and make a significant capital investment at its Rocky Mount, Va.-manufacturing facility by the end of 2014.  , “The investment in the Rocky Mount facility will ensure the local community will benefit from our growth initiatives,” said Lynn Morstad, Ply Gem Windows... more »
  • Stanley Black & Decker has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Hardware & Home Improvement Group (HHI) to Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc. for $1.4 billion in cash. The transaction is expected to close by the first quarter 2013. With 2011 revenues of $940 million, HHI is a provider of residential locksets, residential builder’s hardware and plumbing fixtures. The company... more »
  • It was "all hands on deck" recently at Mathews Brothers Co. The window manufacturer recently hosted a record number of visitors in one day as two groups visited its factory in Belfast, Maine.     Mathews Brothers' Kyle Hawthorne reviews some of the complexities involved in producing and shipping radius windows with members of the Maine Maritime Academy’s Loeb-... more »
  • The British developer of Accoya wood technology, Accsys Technologies PLC, has entered into a new joint venture with Ineos to develop wood elements acetylation technology and processes for use in MDF, particle board and wood plastic composites. The new company, Tricoya Technologies Ltd., will develop and exploit a technlogy said to give engineered wood products a level of durability and... more »
  • To keep pace with sales growth, Quality Lineals USA Inc. and its sister company, NorthEast Windows USA Inc., have added 55,000 square feet to its Freeport, N.Y. facility. The expansion was was needed to accommodate five new extrusion lines, officials state. Increased demand in Quality Lineals' extrusion business is coming from the addition of PVC fencing, new window fabricators, and the... more »
  • Guardian Industries has reached an agreement in principle for KGIC LLC, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, to purchase a minority stake in the glassmaker, according to an October 3 letter from the Guardian board of directors to employees. Terms of the transaction were not released. Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., the privately held Guardian group of companies employs 18,000 people worldwide... more »
  • Alliance Door Products Canada Inc. has purchased the assets of Summit Distributors Inc. and will be taking over Summit's distribution business in Edmonton, Alberta, effective November 5.  Summit will carry on business as usual in the interim period, officials note. "Lynden Door and Alliance Door Products have had a strong relationship with Summit Distributors for many years now and this... more »