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  • Long Island, N.Y.-based NorthEast Windows and its sister company, Quality Lineals, are back under original ownership. Jeffrey Kaiserman, whose family founded the business back in 1951, took the reins in February. Starting with the production of jalousie windows, followed by some of the earlier tilt double-hungs on the market, NorthEast now manufactures a full line of vinyl windows and... more »
  • Masonite International Inc. has reached an agreement with a group of creditors on restructuring plans that will enable the company to significantly reduce its outstanding debt. The deal, which the door maker hopes will be approved by other lenders, will enable Masonite to reduce its total funded debt by nearly $2 billion, from $2.2 billion today to up to $300 million... more »
  • The $1,500 tax credit established as part of the stimulus package is attracting some applause from the industry, as well as significant criticism. Notably, it appears some will advocate relaxing the .30 U-factor/.30 SHGC minimums established for products to qualify. “Along with our members, we are asking the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to reconsider these values, in light of... more »
  • ABC Supply Co. Inc. has acquired Chesapeake Siding & Roofing, a wholesale distributor of exterior building products, effective Feb. 23. The transaction provides ABC with two new locations–one in Chesapeake, Va. and one in Jarvisburg, N.C. “The acquisition of Chesapeake Siding & Roofing fits our strategy of providing accessible locations in all major geographic... more »
  • Serious Materials Inc. has received approval from the bankruptcy court and closed the acquisition of certain assets and primarily production equipment of the former Republic Windows & Doors plant based in Chicago. The company intends to reopen the plant for the manufacturing of its SeriousWindows and SeriousGlass. Serious Materials also reports it has reached an agreement with the union... more »
  • MGM Industries Inc. has entered into an agreement with the management of Echo Windows LLC to purchase inventories and equipment necessary to build the Sienna replacement window product line, according to Joe Gaskins, vice president of sales. Echo, based in Red Oak, Iowa, announced it was ceasing operations earlier this week. Equipment for the Sienna product line will be moved to... more »
  • The first Aluroller machine in North America was recently installed at Astro Shapes in Struthers, Ohio, according to Joe Valvo, the company's VP of sales. The equipment from Belgium uses a technologically advanced way of installing polyamide strips into thermally-broken aluminum extrusions for windows, curtainwall and other products. It has been used in the European market for... more »
  • The Omaha World Herald reports that Echo Windows LLC, based in Red Oak, Iowa, is closing today. Echo Windows is the former Traco residential window manufacturing operation acquired by the Richard and Sharon Gillman family of Chicago, which also owned Republic Windows in Chicago, the newspaper states.   The sudden closing of Republic last year drew national attention... more »
  • GED Integrated Solutions Inc. reports that due to the advanced materials used to manufacture its Intercept Stainless Steel Ultra material, the National Fenestration Rating Council has determined that the product's conductivity multiplier be reduced to 13.63 W/mK. “This translates into a 20 percent reduction from standard stainless steel material, resulting in unit U... more »
  • Serious Materials has gone live with CenterPoint, WTS Paradigm’s order-entry and quoting software. The California-based manufacturer of high-performance windows, which recently gained attention with the purchase and re-opening of the Kensington Windows' plant, chose WTS Paradigm as its strategic partner for its ERP system and to help expand its efforts to increase sales and... more »