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  • Shifting its business model in Florida from a builder-direct to a traditional distribution channel strategy, Atrium Cos. Inc. reports it is closing five of its six sales and distribution branches between now and the end of first quarter 2008. The company will maintain its Davie, Fla., operation and continue to operate its Atrium Shutters business from that location. “With housing starts in... more »
  • The Florida Building Material Association and the recently formed American Pre-Hung Door Association have announced a strategic alliance designed to benefit and strengthen both organizations. The two groups are planning membership drives, educational forums and a joint exhibition next August in Orlando, according to Georgia Smith, APHDA executive director. APHDA officially launched earlier this... more »
  • Following a strategic review announced earlier this year, Quanex Corp. will spin-off its building products business as a stand-alone company. The new Quanex Building Products includes window and door industry suppliers Mikron Industries, Truseal Technologies and Homeshield. The structural change is not expected to affect the day-to-day operations of these companies, notes Gus Coppola,... more »
  • Citing overall market conditions and a comprehensive review of its United Kingdom business, Therma-Tru has announced its intention to close a 52,000-square-foot facility it operates in Wales. More than 150 jobs will be eliminated as a result of the closure. “While we have made considerable progress with rigorous cost-cutting and operational improvements over the past year, the outlook... more »
  • With the theme, Millwork…A Mile High, the Association of Millwork Distributors’ annual convention and exhibition is set for November 1-6 in Denver. The event reflects continued efforts to revitalize the organization, with an expanded educational program and new initiatives designed to attract more attendees to the event. Most noteworthy of the changes is a new initiative to open up... more »
  • Betting on the popularity of Las Vegas, the Remodeling Show heads West this year for the first time in its history. Previously alternating between East Coast and Midwest locations, this year’s exhibition and conference will be held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center October 10-12. The show comes on the heels of a record-breaking event last year in Chicago. Attendance at that show topped... more »
  • Cie. de Saint-Gobain, the French parent of CertainTeed Corp., has acquired Owens-Corning Corp.’s Siding Solutions business for $371 million. The purchase includes the Norandex/Reynolds building products distribution business as well as three Norandex vinyl siding plants. In total, Norandex employs 2,200 people and reported 2006 sales of $866 million. With 153 branches in 38 states,... more »