November 22, 2011
Bringing together two national replacement window retailers in a "strategic alliance," Clear Choice USA, Canfield, Ohio, has acquired Window Depot USA. The move is said to benefit both licensees of both companies, as well as the consumer.
“Adding Window Depot USA to our network of replacement window retailers gives both companies tremendous momentum," says Ed Kalaher, Clear... more »
November 17, 2011
According to an article in the Des Moines Register, Pella Corp. will layoff 198 workers, with most of the cuts coming at its Pella, Iowa, headquarters and manufacturing plant. Employees at its other Iowa manufacturing plants in Carroll, Sioux Center and Shenandoah, as well as its plant in Portland, Ore., will also be affected.
The layoffs will take effect by year end, it is reported. At the... more »
November 15, 2011
Door Com Distribution has been named by Quanex Building Products Corp. as the exclusive distributor for its Imperial Products exterior door components in Canada. Based in Woodbridge, Ontario, Door Com is said to be one of the largest door component distributors in Canada, with warehouses throughout the country serving custsomers from coast to coast.
“Door Com was an ideal fit for us because... more »
November 14, 2011
Alside has introduced new features to its Window Design Showcase, an interactive, online tool that enables homeowners to act as a virtual designer for their remodeling and new construction projects. The visualization tool gives users the ability to discover a range of window and patio door design possibilities, including model configurations, color and grid options as well as cut glass styles,... more »
November 9, 2011
Security alarms that alert homeowners if windows or doors are unlocked are being launched next year as part of a collaborative effort between Andersen Corp. and Honeywell. To be offered on select Eagle brand products, the VeriLock sensor technology embeds Honeywell's 5800-series of wireless sensors inside the locking mechanisms of the window and door hardware.
Similar technology can only... more »
November 9, 2011
An article in the Pioneer Press reports that Andersen Corp. is planning to cut 250 jobs by the end of December. Employees were told about the layoffs on Monday and Tuesday, according to the newspaper.
While the cuts will be nationwide, the majority will be at Andersen's headquarters and main production facility in Bayport, Minn. In production, where the majority of cuts will be... more »
November 8, 2011
Quanex Building Products Corp. is consolidating and restructuring its insulating glass spacer business. With warm-edge spacer production currently at the one-time Edgetech I.G. facility in Cambridge, Ohio, and Truseal Technologies' plant Barbourville, Ky., the company plans to close the Kentucky facility and relocate equipment to the Ohio operation.
"Quanex Building Products remains... more »
November 7, 2011
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 »
November 4, 2011
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 »
November 3, 2011
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 »