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  • Entering the U.S. fiberglass entry door market at the beginning of this year, Ontario-based MasterGrain has steadily expanded its product line and sales force, and has added a U.S. distribution center in Ohio, reports Ken Kussen, business manager for the unit of Weber Manufacturing Technologies Inc. It is now focusing on extending its cherry door line due to its initial success in the market... more »
  • The leadership at Marling Lumber, a 105-year-old company with several locations in Wisconsin, believes in investment for the future, despite the economy. Marling Lumber completed a $2 million renovation of a former lumber yard in Janesville, Wis., into an elaborate showroom concept called HomeWorks in July. The 17,000 square foot facility took 18 months to complete and includes both the... more »
  • In an effort to help provide some relief to homeowners and prove the difference that improving energy efficiency can make, Jeld-Wen Inc. is kicking off a search to find the worst monthly utility bill in the nation.  In a contest entitled, the Jeld-Wen Utility Bill Bailout, the company will award a homeowner who has the highest bill has an opportunity to receive a complete window and door... more »
  • A group of investors has invested $2.85 million in Research Frontiers Inc., the developer and licensor of suspended particle device/light-control film technology. The company plans to use the investment to expand its operations, including increasing marketing activities for products using its switchable film technology, and for working capital and general corporate purposes, officials state.... more »
  • More than 400 full-time and seasonal employees laid off since 2008 have been asked to rejoin  Simonton Windows at its manufacturing locations in West Virginia and Illinois. Given the current high unemployment rate, that news is attracting the attention of elected officials, who are pointing to the window maker's success as a sign of the effectiveness of the American Recovery and Reinvestment... more »
  • Sapa, which says it is the largest aluminum profile producer in the world, has completed its previously announced purchase of the aluminum extrusion operations of Indalex. Indalex had filed for Chapter 11 in Mach. Both Sapa and Indalex are involved in supply aluminum extrusions to the fenestration market.  As a part of the purchase, Sapa has added Indalex’s 11 active plants, six in the... more »
  • Storm door maker Larson Manufacturing is diversifying, acquiring a manufacturer of modular homes, according to a July 27 article in the Brookings (S. Dak.) Register. The paper reports that Larson purchased Superior Homes, a Watertown., S. Dak.-based company that supplies factory-built homes and structures via independent dealers in an eight-state region and in three Canadian provinces. In a press... more »
  • Premier Industrial Supply, the Arizona supplier of the XtraBond, XtraFoam, and XtraFlash line of window products, is expanding its nationwide presence with the grand opening of new facility in Canton, Ohio. The 10,000-square-foot operation will supply and support the continuous growth of its East Coast customer base, while allowing the Phoenix, Ariz., facility to focus on West Coast customers,... more »
  • VT Industries has announced that production of stile-and-rail doors will be relocated to its Ideal Door Division located in New Albany, Ind., according to a report in the Cherokee (Iowa) Chronicle Times. Based in Holstein, Iowa, VT manufactures architectural doors and laminate countertops, operating more than 1 million square feet of factory space and employing more than 1,000 people around the U... more »
  • A building at Andersen Corp.'s manufacturing facility in Bayport, Minn., was evacuated this morning due to a bomb threat, according to local news reports.  Workers were cleared to return around noon after a police search found nothing suspiscious.  The Pioneer Press reports that the evacuation was triggered early in the morning, when an employee found a note saying there would be an... more »