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  • Schlage and Trane, two units of Ingersoll Rand, have joined together with Verizon to launch a new Home Monitoring and Control service. The service puts technology in the hands of homeowners and creates a “connected home,” empowering them to manage their homes from anywhere, the companies report. The new Verizon service offers homeowners the ability to remotely access, control and... more »
  • Masco Corp. reports it is closing the Milgard Windows & Doors operation west of Chicago in Aurora, Ill., over the next few months. The move comes "in response to the challenging economy and state of the new residential construction and remodeling industries," according to a statement from Kathleen Vokes, Masco communications director. In a letter sent to customers, the... more »
  • PPG Industries plans to begin operation of a new 80,000-square-foot plant for glass cutting, fabrication of insulating glass units, and distribution in Barrie, Ontario. The new site replaces a PPG facility near Toronto in North York, where PPG has operated for 60 years, the company notes. “The Barrie plant will provide better access to our customers and enable us to operate more efficiently... more »
  • British Columbia-based Centra Windows reports it has gained a competitive edge through efficient scheduling and materials management by expanding its use of new mobile enterprise software. Flowfinity Wireless, the software provider, has released a case study detailing the vinyl window manufacturer and installer's use of its systems.  Centra Windows implemented Flowfinity Actions to replace... more »
  • Architectural Testing Inc. has purchased HTL, based in Riviera Beach, Fla. Offering a range of testing and certification services to the fenestration and building product industries, ATI is now comprised of approximately 300 professionals and over 20 state-of-the-art testing facilities and regional offices, officials report. In addition to its Florida location, HTL operated facilities in Georgia... more »
  • Laminated glass interlayer and specialty film producer, Solutia Inc., is acquiring Southwall Technologies Inc., the manufacturer of a Heat Mirror film used in insulating glass and a variety of window film products. The transaction is valued at approximately $113 million. "This acquisition positions Solutia as the world leader in advanced sputtering technology, combining the industry's... more »
  • The Envirosealed Windows marketing program developed by Truseal Technologies for its customers is expanding. Quanex Building Products is now launching the Envirosealed Windows & Doors for manufacturers that incorporate one or more of its high-performance components, including Duralite, Super Spacer, EnergyCore, MikronWood and Imperial Products. The Envirosealed Windows & Doors marketing... more »
  • With a commitment to “reinvent the roof” for the 21st century, the Dow Chemical Co. is bringing its Powerhouse Solar Shingle to U.S. markets this month, starting in Colorado and rolling into targeted states through 2012. The new product is said to combine the performance and protection of a conventional asphalt roof with an integrated photovoltaic system that powers the home. “... more »
  • Following up on a visit from Missouri Governor Jay Nixon earlier this week, Quaker Window Products has provided more detail on its previously-announced expansion plans.  With an estimated cost of about $11 million, the projects will be spread out over a five-year period. Phase one of the plan includes replacing Quaker’s current paint area with a state-of-the-art paint facility housed... more »
  • Fortune Brands Home & Security, parent company of Simonton Windows and Therma Tru Doors, began its first full day as an independent  home and security products company yesterday following its spin-off from Fortune Brands on Monday, October 3. The new company’s stock  started trading yesterday on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FBHS.” “This is an... more »