November 20, 2009
John Evans' Sons Inc. and Four-Jaks Inc. have formed a strategic sales alliance designed to focus "their combined expertise in a new, dynamic fashion," reflecting both companies' "commitment to continuous improvement for our fenestration fabricators through customer service, competitive pricing and American-made quality products and systems," executives state.
Key aspects of... more »
November 18, 2009
The Gilkey Window Co., a manufacturer of vinyl windows based in Sharonville, Ohio, has been selected to be a specialty distributor by Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co. Inc. “Kolbe is one of the highest quality and most flexible manufactures of wood and clad windows and doors in North America, they will help us address opportunities in both the commercial and residential markets that we miss... more »
November 16, 2009
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 »
November 14, 2009
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 »
November 13, 2009
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 »
November 11, 2009
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 »
November 10, 2009
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 »
November 10, 2009
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 »
November 4, 2009
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 »
November 3, 2009
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 »