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  • The board of directors at Fortune Brands Inc. has scheduled the previously-announced spin off its Fortune Brands Home & Security business, which includes Simonton Windows and Therma Tru Doors, for the close of business on October 3, 2011. Following the spin-off, the remaining Fortune Brands business will change its name to Beam and operate as a pure-play spirits company. "The separation... more »
  • Designed to provide Canadian window and door manufacturers, architects and specifiers with a convenient regional source for performance testing of fenestration products and systems, Architectural Testing Inc. is opening a new laboratory in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Officially opening September 1, the facility marks is the company's 12th laboratory and first located outside the U.S. All testing... more »
  • Assa Abloy AB, the global supplier of door and hardware products, has completed its acquisition of Paddock Holdings. With 250 employees and annual sales approaching $50 million, Paddock is said to be the UK’s largest manufacturer of multipoint locks. The company has two core brands–Lockmaster and Millenco–and its range includes multipoint door, patio door and window locks; door... more »
  • With field testing completed, a new OptiGas system that cools and gas fills insulating glass in one-piece lean flow will debut at GlassBuild America 2011. The new line can reduce gas costs up to 70 percent and trim errors and labor costs while precisely filling air spaces with tunable gas ratios, according to the supplier. The OptiGas 1000 unit on display in Atlanta features an automated carousel... more »
  • Great Day Improvements LLC is opening a new Patio Enclosures operation in Monroe, N.C., to meet the residential remodeling needs of the growing metropolitan Charlotte market. The Ohio-based company recently expanded in Atlanta as well. “Charlotte has shown population growth of more than 30 percent over the last 10 years,” says Steve White, managing director of Great Day Improvements,... more »
  • North Carolina-based Endura Products Inc. has acquired W&F Manufacturing, a hardware supplier based in Sun Valley, Calif. The acquisition, in conjunction with the recent release of its Multipoint Astragal and upcoming Multipoint Locking Frame, gives the supplier "a full complement of products to offer to [customers] in this fast growing segment of the industry," says Bruce Procton,... more »
  • United Home Experts, a replacement window contractor based in Ashland, Mass., recently launched a new blog dedicated specifically to Marvin and Integrity windows and doors, it states. The company, which services Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, says it will provide information to help homeowners make educated decisions about their replacement window and door projects, but it also... more »
  • Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies, manufacturer of Schlage electronic hardware, is now offering a smartphone app designed to support customers, integrators, dealers and installers at the jobsite. The app provides access to Schlage “how-to” videos from YouTube, installation and user guides, and datasheets for the company's AD-Series and CO-Series locking systems. “Having these... more »
  • Four months after a tornado severely damaged its operations, Lincoln Wood Products has completed reconstruction activities. The Merrill, Wis., window and door manufacturer marked the occassion last week with a ribbon cutting ceremony for its newly-rebuilt final assembly plant and corporate offices.     A report from Wisconsin's WSAW The ceremony took place on the... more »
  • Pella Corp. has launched a new premium vinyl window line incorporating an enhanced corner cleaning process. Developed to offer superior energy efficiency and aesthetics, the 350 Series window line completes the manufacturer's latest vinyl offering which also includes vinyl sliding patio doors introduced in 2010.   The weld marks of the SmoothSeam welded sash corner on the new... more »