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  • Alcoa plans to purchase Traco, the Cranberry, Pa.-based manufacturer of commercial windows and doors.  Traco will become part of Alcoa's global Building and Construction Systems business, which also includes Kawneer, the manufacturer of architectural aluminum windows, curtain wall and storefront products and entrance systems. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. "Traco's strong brand... more »
  • As part of a green initiative, the Amesbury Group recently installed a blower-powered air wipe system to dry extruded plastic at its Statesville, N.C., textile facility.  The compressed air reduction project is expected to yield  $41,000 annual electricity cost savings in the extrusion department at the plant, with the industry supplier planning to bring in similar equipment at its... more »
  • Marvin Windows & Doors has discontinued its wood entry door product line, company officials report.  The decision also impacts its interior wood door line, introduced earlier this year at the International Builders' Show.  The Warroad, Minn., company entered the entry door business in 2005 with the the acquisition of Heritage Door, a high-end wood manufacturer with a 65,... more »
  • Interlock USA, the window and door hardware supplier based in Reno, Nev., has expanded its product line by forming a strategic partnership with Dr. Hahn, a German manufacturer of hinges for metal and vinyl doors. “We’ve seen a dramatic increase in the need for European hardware throughout North America, and we are always looking to offer the world’s most advanced solutions to... more »
  • DAC Products, the supplier of window and door displays and sample cases, is integrating its operations into its plant in Rural Hall, N.C.  Closing a facility in East Bend, N.C., the company expects to complete the process in the third quarter of this year. With the move, the company is making an immediate investment of $250,000 to $300,000 in equipment, as well as transferring 25 to 30... more »
  • Massachusetts-based Dartmouth Building Supply recently completed installation of a solar roof, expected to provide 80 percent of the power needed in its own manufacturing operations.  Consisting of 960 solar photovoltaic panels producing 201,600 kilowatts of electricity annually, the roof is said to be one of the region’s largest private solar energy projects. Solar panels on the roof... more »
  • Southwall Technologies Inc. has acquired a 70 percent majority interest in Chicago-based Southwall Insulating Glass, which manufactures Heat Mirror insulating glass units. Ron Spielman, president of Sound Solutions Windows & Doors, remains a partner in the joint venture. The acquisition is designed to enable Southwall to accelerate the automated production of Heat Mirror insulating glass to... more »
  • Caldwell Manufacturing Co. North America LLC has named Industrial Sales Corp. to represent its line of balance hardware in California, Nevada and Arizona. "ISC and Caldwell have formed a strong alliance in the past few years and the recent developments are indicative of the high level of success both companies have enjoyed as a result of that partnership," say Jim Hornung, ISC ... more »
  • Following up on two recent acquisitions, the Atis Group is now planning to go public. One of Canada's largest window and door manufacturers, the Montreal-based company recently filed a preliminary prospectus with Canadian and provincial regulatory authorities for a proposed initial public offering of its common shares. Starting from a Quebec base that included Laflamme Portes & Fenetres... more »
  • Filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission last Friday, Ply Gem Holding Inc. is planning an initial public offering.  The manufacturer of exterior building products is looking to raise as much as $300 million, according to the S-1 document filed, although the expected price per share or number of shares to be sold are not indicated. Based in Cary, N.C., Ply Gem states it is the... more »