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  • Joyce Manufacturing Co., a manufacturer of sunrooms and vinyl replacement windows, is moving its window manufacturing operation from Boardman, Ohio, to its main plant in Berea, Ohio. Joyce currently manufactures sunrooms at the Berea facility and is presently restructuring the plant for both operations.  “This is a wise move as we are closing a leased facility and moving it to an... more »
  • Gorell Windows & Doors reports that October 2009 was the best sales month in the company’s 15-year history. Additionally, the Indiana, Pa.-based manufacturer of windows and doors notes that the three-month period from August to October was up 25 percent over the same time period in 2008. Wayne Gorell, president and CEO, attributes the sales record and growth to a number of factors.... more »
  • UL Environment, a subsidiary of Underswriters Laboratories, intends to develop standards for sustainability in several new industry categories, including glass building materials and glazing materials, windows and associated hardware and accessories, it reports. The standards will set forth environmental requirements for these building products with criteria based on the life cycle impacts and... more »
  • Architectural Testing Inc. has opened a new laboratory in Chelmsford, Mass., to offer performance testing of fenestration products and systems to window and door manufacturers, architects and specifiers in region. The facility also serves as home base for a comprehensive mobile field testing operation that brings third-party on-site verification and forensic investigation services to the Greater... more »
  • Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co. Inc. is laying off 334 of its production and office employees as a result of the continuing decline in the residential and light commercial construction industry, officials report. Most of the affected employees work at the company’s Wausau, Wis., facility. “The company anticipates the lay-off to be a temporary measure, intending to call back as many of... more »
  • Masonite Inc., the manufacturer of interior and exterior doors, has acquired the assets of 7 Tech, an Israeli-based steel security and safety door business. Masonite’s Israeli subsidiaries Etz Karmiel Ltd. and Open Gallery Ltd. will add the 7 Tech steel security and safety doors, which feature attractive modern and European styling, to expand options for Masonite customers in Israel, the... more »
  • BlackEagle Partners LLC, a private equity firm focused on turnarounds and special situations, and Building Industry Partners LLC, a private equity firm focused on the U.S. building products industry, have joined with L.T. Gibson to form US LBM Holdings LLC to acquire three regional operations from Stock Building Supply LLC.  The new firm is buying pro dealer operations serving Wisconsin,... more »
  • VKR Holding A/S has purchased the Western Canadian operations of the Gienow Group from Sankaty Advisors LLC. Denmark-based VKR Holding is the parent company of Velux, the manufacturer of skylights with operations in the U.S. and throughout the world. VKR is acquiring the Gienow, Award and AWD business units, which employ about 650 people and operate three window and door manufacturing facilities... more »
  • Harvey Building Products, the manufacturer and distributor of windows, doors and patio rooms serving the Northeast, plans to reposition its manufacturing facilities by closing its leased facility in Springfield, Mass., and transferring production to Harvey-owned plants in Dartmouth, Mass., and Londonderry, N.H.  Interested employees from the Springfield facility will be transferred to the... more »
  • Serious Materials, the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based window manufacturer, hosted a press conference last week to announce the largest weatherization agency in the United States, the Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County (CEDA), is using its high R-value SeriousWindows for the Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program. The decision is expected to generate significant demand... more »