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  • 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 »
  • Most recently establishing licensees in Nashville, Chicago and Washington, D.C., Apex Energy Solutions aims to be selling replacement windows and other building products in 30 markets within five years.  The Indianapolis-based firm, which sells high-end, triple-glazed windows using high-tech marketing tools and strategies, also recently launched a new app for Apple's iPad. The company... more »
  • In an encouraging sign of economic rebound, Hy-Lite/U S Block Windows sales during the second quarter of 2010 increased more than 30 percent compared to the same time frame in 2009.  “Sales started rising steadily in early April and have continued on an upward pattern since then,” says Roger Murphy, president. “We are seeing some of our strongest sales of acrylic block and... more »
  • Edgetech I.G. is expanding its line of products with the addition of Edgetech Test Equipment powered by EDTM. The line includes portable measurement tools used in the fenestration industry for both quality control in the factory and testing in the field.  Products include glass thickness gauges, low-E coating detectors, surface resistivity meters, tempered glass detectors and various light... more »
  • McVay Brothers Inc., a long-time retailer and wholesaler of windows, siding and other building products in the Spokane, Wash., area, has formed the Coeur d’Alene Window Co. Having started up manufacturing operations earlier this month, the new company is focusing on high-end vinyl window and door products for the Western U.S. market. Coeur d’Alene Window represents the McVay... more »
  • Building on the success of the InstallationMasters residential window installer training and certification program, its administrator, Architectural Testing Inc., is introducing the Commercial InstallationMasters program for installers of windows and doors rated for commercial, industrial, large multi-family and institutional buildings. The commercial program, like the residential program, was... more »
  • Champion Windows announced a multi-year agreement with GE Money, the consumer lending unit of General Electric Co., to offer consumer financing. The Cincinnati-based manufacturer, with retail locations throughout the country, is using the GE Money Home Design program to enable homeowners to finance purchases of its vinyl replacement windows, entry doors, patio rooms and siding. “We are... more »
  • International Aluminum Corp. and its U.S. subsidiaries officially emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week, officials report.  As previously announced, the company is now called International Architectural Group LLC, although its business units, including International Window, will continue to operate under their existing names. “International Architectural Group is... more »
  • Representatives of WellHome, a business unit of Masco Home Services, joined members of the home energy retrofit trade association Efficiency First on Capitol Hill last week to express their support for the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010.  WellHome, which says it is on its way to become the first national provider of home performance services, is a founding member of both... more »
  • Frames N Panes, a home-based mobile business franchise for window restoration services, reports it recently sold its 14th territory in Western Canada.  Started in July 2009, the company is looking to expand in the U.S. as well. “The reason for our rapid expansion is because we provide unique, affordable and convenient solutions for PVC window frame repair, dual-pane moisture removal,... more »