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  • At the recent American Institute for Architects exhibition in San Francisco, Guardian Industries Corp. reported it is gearing up to introduce its vacuum insulating glass, or VIG, in late 2010.  It is working with a consortium of companies, including material and equipment suppliers and window manufacturers, including Jeld-Wen, to launch what Scott Thomsen, chief technology office, calls... more »
  • Patio Enclosures Inc., manufacturer and installer of sunrooms, has added nine new dealers to its roster. They are: Beautiful Sunrooms by Durante, Irondale, Ala.; Sunrooms of Arkansas, Van Buren, A rk.; Howe Patio and Windows, Wyoming, Mich.; BHI Construction, Harrisburg, S.D.; Sunrooms 4 U, San Antonio; ABC Seamless of St. Cloud, St. Cloud, Minn.; ABC Seamless, Fargo, N.D.; ABC Seamless of... more »
  • Roto Frank of America Inc., manufacturer of North American and European hardware for the window and door industry, has named Chris Dimou as its new president and chief executive officer.  Dimou comes to the U.S. operation Roto Frank AG’s corporate headquarters in Germany, where he held the position of corporate strategic sales manager. In that position, he was responsible for the... more »
  • Wolseley plc has entered into a joint venture with The Gores Group LLC, a Los Angeles-based privaty equity firm, to acquire a majority stake in Stock Building Supply. The transaction will take place through a pre-packaged Chapter 11 reorganization, offiicials report. Stock, one of North America's largest suppliers of building materials to builders and contractors, was formed from Wolseley’s... more »
  • Milacron Inc., supplier of extrusion equipment and other plastics-processing technologies, plans to sell all of its assets to a company formed by Avenue Capital Group, DDJ Capital Management LLC and other investors for approximately $175 million. The sale follows a March Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing and is subject to court approval. Officials report that the definitive agreement reached is... more »
  • A California court has certified a suit against the Viking Industries subsidiary of Pella Corp. as a class action, according to the law firm of Eppsteiner & Fiorica.  The suit concerns Viking Series 3000 windows and doors, produced from 1989 through 1999 and in Portland, Ore., and Vacaville, Calif., plants.  Pella acquired Viking in 1998. A case management hearing for the case was... more »
  •   VPI Windows credits its record sales to its new manufacturing space, as well as to agility that came from an ERP upgrade and a product redesign. Having completed its move to a 90,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Spokane, Wash., VPI Windows is positioned to have another record year in sales, despite the limping economy, company officials report. The company moved from its... more »
  • Vice President Joe Biden, along with U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Roland Burris and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, visited the former Republic Windows & Doors facility, now owned by Serious Materials, on Monday.  Biden came to the plant, which attracted national attention when it was shut down by the previous owners last December, to demonstrate his support for the creation of new green... more »
  • Rep. Jim Gerlach of the Pennsylvania 6th district visited Viwinco Inc.'s window fabrication facility in Morgantown, Pa., on April 20.  David Barnes, Viwinco president, welcomed the congressman and provided a plant tour. “This business is more involved and complicated than people realize,” noted Gerlach as he walked through the facility... more »
  • Masonite International Inc. reports that it continues to make good progress in implementing its pre-negotiated debt restructuring plan and is on track to complete its financial reorganization within the next few months. Last week, the door manufacturer received final court authorization to continue to meet its obligations to trade suppliers on normal terms in the ordinary course of business... more »