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  • Ply Gem Windows has partnered with HomeSphere, a provider of Web-based services to the residential construction supply chain, to reach out to builders. The window maker has joined more than 70 other manufacturers currently using HomeSphere’s BRI Program to gain access to builders that use the system to manage rebates. “The BRI partnership provides a powerful tool to further extend... more »
  • In a move designed to enhance its energy efficient product offerings, PGT Inc., the Florida-based manufacturer of impact-resistant windows and doors, has acquired the operating assets of Hurricane Window & Door Factory of Fort Myers, Fla.  Hurricane offers The Protector Series, said to be one of the highest air, water and structurally rated vinyl impact product lines for the single and... more »
  • Woodworking equipment supplier SCM Group USA's Fall Education and Open House Seminar will focus on architectural millwork, doors and windows, as well as commercial and residential cabinetry, the supplier reports. Scheduled for October 20-21, the two-day event will feature sessions on moulding production, CNC door manufacturing, architectural millwork, edgebanding and nesting manufacturing.... more »
  • Entering the U.S. fiberglass entry door market at the beginning of this year, Ontario-based MasterGrain has steadily expanded its product line and sales force, and has added a U.S. distribution center in Ohio, reports Ken Kussen, business manager for the unit of Weber Manufacturing Technologies Inc. It is now focusing on extending its cherry door line due to its initial success in the market... more »
  • The leadership at Marling Lumber, a 105-year-old company with several locations in Wisconsin, believes in investment for the future, despite the economy. Marling Lumber completed a $2 million renovation of a former lumber yard in Janesville, Wis., into an elaborate showroom concept called HomeWorks in July. The 17,000 square foot facility took 18 months to complete and includes both the... more »
  • In an effort to help provide some relief to homeowners and prove the difference that improving energy efficiency can make, Jeld-Wen Inc. is kicking off a search to find the worst monthly utility bill in the nation.  In a contest entitled, the Jeld-Wen Utility Bill Bailout, the company will award a homeowner who has the highest bill has an opportunity to receive a complete window and door... more »
  • A group of investors has invested $2.85 million in Research Frontiers Inc., the developer and licensor of suspended particle device/light-control film technology. The company plans to use the investment to expand its operations, including increasing marketing activities for products using its switchable film technology, and for working capital and general corporate purposes, officials state.... more »
  • More than 400 full-time and seasonal employees laid off since 2008 have been asked to rejoin  Simonton Windows at its manufacturing locations in West Virginia and Illinois. Given the current high unemployment rate, that news is attracting the attention of elected officials, who are pointing to the window maker's success as a sign of the effectiveness of the American Recovery and Reinvestment... more »
  • Sapa, which says it is the largest aluminum profile producer in the world, has completed its previously announced purchase of the aluminum extrusion operations of Indalex. Indalex had filed for Chapter 11 in Mach. Both Sapa and Indalex are involved in supply aluminum extrusions to the fenestration market.  As a part of the purchase, Sapa has added Indalex’s 11 active plants, six in the... more »
  • Storm door maker Larson Manufacturing is diversifying, acquiring a manufacturer of modular homes, according to a July 27 article in the Brookings (S. Dak.) Register. The paper reports that Larson purchased Superior Homes, a Watertown., S. Dak.-based company that supplies factory-built homes and structures via independent dealers in an eight-state region and in three Canadian provinces. In a press... more »