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  • Simonton Windows has opened its new product development center in Westerville, Ohio. The vinyl window manufacturer named Cristen Baca, new vice president of new product development, to run the facility, which will operate as a sister site to Simonton’s original new product development center located in Parkersburg, W. Va. “Throughout this difficult economic situation... more »
  • Masonite International Inc. says it will voluntarily file for bankruptcy protection from creditors as part of a pre-approved plan to reduce its debt.  Having received approval from its bank lenders and bondholders, the door maker will implement the previously announced debt restructuring plan under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act in Canada and... more »
  • Therma-Tru Doors will add 150 positions at its Butler, Ind., plant after it finishes moving  manufacturing capacity from the plant it is closing in Roland, Okla., the company announced last week. The company currently employs about 500 at the exterior door manufacturing operation in Indiana. The door maker will invest about $5 million to consolidate manufacturing... more »
  • Weber Manufacturing Technologies Inc. has named Aribell Products Ltd. as its Canadian distributor for the new Mastergrain line of fiberglass doors and doorlite frames. Weber entered the door manufacturing business after 15 years of providing tooling to other door makers. The company decided to start making doors in order to deliver both "problem-free... more »
  • 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 »