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  • FeneTech, Inc., the developers of the FeneVision ERP system used by numerous window and door manufacturers, has updated its website, www.fenetech.com, with a modern look and feel. Intended for both current and future customers, the site provides information on FeneVision software, the supplier's engineering services and industry events. The website supports multiple languages for FeneTech’s... more »
  • The Industrial Technology Research Institute, said to be Taiwan’s largest high-tech research and development institution, is looking to commercialize Spray-IT, a  thermal spray coating for use on glass and other building materials to lower energy costs. The technology is being recognized with a 2011 Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award.   ITRI says its spray... more »
  • Masonite Corp. has acquired Birchwood Best, said to be one of North America’s largest producers of commercial/architectural wood flush door skins, as well as a significant producer of hardwood plywood. Birchwood's operations were founded in 1904 in Birchwood, Wis. "The acquisition of Birchwood enhances our position as a leader in the manufacturing and distribution of components for... more »
  • Serious Energy Inc., parent of Serious Windows, is joining with Grubb & Ellis Co., a real estate services and investment firm, to identify opportunities with occupiers and owners across the United States interested in making energy efficiency upgrades to their buildings. Based in Sunnyvale, Calif., Serious Energy has formally launched SeriousCapital to offer a service that cuts energy... more »
  • Royal Group has changed its name to Royal Building Products and launched a new logo and branding initiative. With the campaign, the supplier of vinyl window and door profiles, as well as numerous other building products, is shifting its emphasis from manufacturing to a focus on what Royal’s products do to transform neighborhoods.   “This is more than the launch of a new... more »
  • By the end of 2011, Pella Corp. will close its West Columbia, S.C., vinyl window manufacturing plant.  In addition, the window and door manufacturer is offering incentives for team members at some of its manufacturing locations to retire or voluntarily leave the company to adjust its workforce numbers to align with continued projections for a declining housing economy, reports Kathy... more »
  • Glasslam CEO Steve Howes, in partnership with Pat Argento, owner of Hurricane Impact Glass & Aluminum, has purchased Florida Powder Coating in Lantana, Fla., and formed a new company, Cirrus Powder Coating.  With the new ownership, two automated spacer manufacturing systems that will produce Air-Tight S silicone insulating glass spacer will be added to the operation. “Because of... more »
  • According to numerous local press accounts, Weather Shield Windows & Doors plans to keep its plant in Park Falls, Wis., open.  The decision was made following a union vote at the facility to accept a new contract that keeps wages frozen for two years, reports WAOW News.      Meanwhile, union workers at Weather Shield's plant in Mosinee, Wis., have rejected the... more »
  • Citing continued weak demand, Jeld-Wen Inc. is closing its vinyl window plant in Cheyenne, Wyo., according to a report in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle.  The 112 workers at the facility received notice from the company, which expects the site to be closed by mid-December. The newspaper received a company statement that noted, "After extensive evaluation and discussion, we... more »
  • Following up the announcement that it was shutting down its Illinois facility, Milgard Windows & Doors says it has additional plans to close window manufacturing plants in California and Arizona. It has also closed its Milgard Tempering operation in Washington state.  The changes are expected to be completed by the end of the year. Over the next few months, Milgard will move window... more »