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  • The boards of directors of PPG Industries and Georgia Gulf Corp. have approved definitive agreements under which PPG will separate its commodity chemicals business and then merge it with Georgia Gulf. Following completion of the transaction, expected in late 2012 or early 2013, the combined company will be the second-largest vinyl chloride monomer producer and third-largest chlor-alkali producer... more »
  • The NSG Group, which sells glass to the window and door market under the Pilkington brand name, has decided to reduce its float glass production capacity in North America. One of the two float lines at its plant in Laurinburg, N.C., will be idled. This process is expected to be completed later this year, between August and September, according to a company release. It is intended that... more »
  • Development of RavenWindow version 2.1, a thermochromic glazing product, is complete and will be available from the Denver-based RavenBrick manufacturing facility in May 2013, company officials report. “There are many significant improvements for this version,” states McCarthy, RavenBrick co-inventor and CTO. “An increase in visual light transmission of 15 percent makes this... more »
  • Over the past few weeks, Weather Shield Windows & Doors has been giving its dealers a glimpse into the future of the company, with the launch of the “ReInvented” campaign.  Behind the campaign is the launch of three new product lines, new advancements in those products’ foundational technology, an improved value proposition for homeowners and an overall sense of renewed... more »
  • Eastman Chemical Co. has completed its previously announced $4.8 billlion acquisition of Solutia Inc. “We are pleased to complete this transaction and welcome Solutia to the global Eastman team,” says Jim Rogers, Eastman chairman and CEO. “The addition of these strong businesses, unique technologies, and highly differentiated products is expected to contribute strong cash... more »
  • MI Windows & Door has started manufacturing Designer Series vinyl replacement windows at its Southern division plant in Carrollton, Texas. The two vinyl product lines have proven themselves as the premium platform for the manufacturer's Eastern division, officials report. The Designer 1555 series meets Energy Star ratings in all zones and provides great value, while the Designer 1650 offers... more »
  • Rugby Architectural Building Products, a New Hampshire-based distributor of architectural wood products and decorative surfacing, is expanding with the addition of Lumber Products, an Oregon-based distributor of doors and industrial building products. A portfolio company of Leading Ridge Capital Partners, Rugby acquired substantially all of the assets of Lumber Products through a stalking horse... more »
  • Cleveland, Ohio–FeneTech Inc. released its newest ERP software upgrade, FeneVision Neo, yesterday to an audience of 180 window manufacturer and glass fabricators at its 10th annual FeneVision user conference. The two-day event also incorporates the second annual Glass Processing Automation Days.     Fenetech's Horst Mertes, left, and Ron Crowl in cruise ship garb for the... more »
  • Pella Corp. has announced a proposed settlement agreement to resolve the Saltzman vs. Pella class-action lawsuit involving the Iowa-based manufacturer's ProLine casement, awning and transom windows made in 2006 and earlier. Pending court approval, the proposed agreement will extend customer service support with a claims process for products with service needs. The lawsuit does not involve any... more »
  • Soft-Lite LLC has entered into partnership with the National Crime Prevention Council to help educate the public about home crime prevention strategies, including window and door security. As part of the agreement, Soft-Lite and its affiliates and dealers also are able to leverage the McGruff the Crime Dog and the slogan “Take a Bite Out of Crime.” “Soft-Lite is very pleased to... more »