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  • Five companies that sell replacement windows will have "to stop making exaggerated and unsupported claims about the energy efficiency of their windows and how much money consumers could save on their heating and cooling bills," under settlements reached with the Federal Trade Commission.  The cases are part of a broad FTC effort to ensure that environmental marketing is truthful... more »
  • California-based Goldbrecht European Window & Door Solutions recently started its 30th project in North America featuring the Vitrocsa system designed to create an almost invisible wall that can be opened and closed. The line, including sliding doors, guillotine windows and pivoting doors, is now being produced in the U.S.     A Vitrocsa sliding glass door system... more »
  • Union members at the one-time Republic Windows plant in Chicago once again held a sit-in yesterday after being told that Serious Energy would close the operations and consolidate its manufacturing at facilities in Pennsylvania and Colorado.  The sit-in ended this morning with an agreement to keep the operation open for 90 days, according to a Chicago Tribune report. Officials of the United... more »
  • The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is acquiring a stake in Novatech Group Inc., investing $16.7 million (CDN) into the producer of doors and door components. The Montreal-based financial institution primarily manages funds for pension and insurance plans, with more than $150 billion in net assets. With the transaction, Raymond Ouellette, chairman of Novatech's board of directors... more »
  • Crystal Pacific Window & Door Systems, the recently-formed, California-based manufacturer, has opened its corporate headquarters and established production operations at a facility in Riverside, Calif. The company has also established two sales offices to serve the Southern California market in South El Monte and San Diego. Crystal Pacific is a new company started by Thomas Chen, founder of... more »
  • Soft-Lite LLC, a vinyl window manufacturer based in Streetsboro, Ohio, has reached an agreement to acquire the product lines of Gorell Windows & Doors LLC. Gorell, based in Indiana, Pa., entered receivership last week with The Meridian Group, a Pittsburgh-based turnaround firm, appointed receiver. “We are very excited about this acquisition and what it means for our company,”... more »
  • Allied Windows in British Columbia is being closed by the Atis Group, but the Canadian window and door manufacturer plans to invest $3 million to expand operations in several other locations, according to an article in the Montreal Gazette.  With manufacturing operations across Canada, the Atis Group plans to boost capacity at two Quebec facilities and another in Vancouver, British Columbia... more »
  • Gorell Windows & Doors entered receivership last week and could be sold to new owners, according to an article in the local newspaper.  A Pittsburgh-based private investment firm, the Meridian Group, has been appointed receiver for the vinyl window manufacturer, which continues to operate while its future is determined. "The company has been struggling through the recession and... more »
  • In a year that saw the new construction market continue to struggle, Hurd Windows & Doors introduced new products, hired a number of associates and raced to keep up with product demand, officials state. What's more, executives at the Wisconsin-based company say they are looking forward to even more success in 2012. Hurd's successful 2011 was jump-started in January by the purchase of... more »
  • Jeld-Wen Inc. is planning to close a pre-hanging and distribution facility in North Wilkesboro, N.C., in March. The facility, acquired by the door and window manufacturer in 2006, employs about 60 people. The facility is closing because Jeld-Wen has shifted the door prehanging and distribution business it had at the North Carolina facility to a wholesale customer in the Southeast, explains Teri... more »