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  • Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc., parent company of Simonton, Fypon and Therma-Tru, has signed an agreement to sell Simonton Windows to Ply Gem Holdings Inc., according to an FBHS press release issued today. The Simonton transaction is valued at approximately $130 million, or roughly 10 times 2014 EBITDA. The transaction’s closing is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to... more »
  • The American Architectural Manufacturers Association released AAMA 663-14, “Voluntary Specification for In-Process Quality Control Requirements for Applicators of Organic Coatings to Polyvinyl Chloride Exterior Profiles," which establishes the minimum requirements for applicators of organic coatings to PVC exterior profiles that are used in windows, doors and skylights. “This new... more »
  • Construction firms added jobs in 39 states from July 2013 to July 2014 and in 34 states from June to July, according to an analysis of Labor Department data by the Associated General Contractors of America; however, labor shortage remains a concern. "The overall trend in construction employment has been very consistent in 2014 with more than three-fourths of states adding jobs each month on... more »
  • Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose two points to 55 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index for August. This third consecutive monthly gain brings the index to its highest level since January. “As the employment picture brightens, builders are seeing a noticeable increase in the number of serious buyers entering... more »
  •  C.R. Laurence Co. announced the September opening of a new 150,000-square-foot CRL-U.S. Aluminum Super Center in Secaucus, N.J., located less than a mile from the company’s previous New York Tri-State area site. The Super Center more than doubles the supplier's footprint in the region and furthers the company’s North American expansion, targeting the East Coast. The Super Center... more »
  • The Dwyer Group Inc., parent company of numerous service-based franchise brands including Glass Doctor, today announced it has been acquired for the second time by The Riverside Company, a private equity fund with locations in North America, Europe and Asia. The deal with the global investment firm renews a collaboration between two growing and successful organizations, according to company... more »
  • The Window and Door Manufacturers Association's recently released Window and Entry Door 2014 U.S. Market Study shows continued growth for the entry door market through 2015. The study, prepared, researched and analyzed by Metrostudy and the Virginia Center for Housing Research at Virginia Tech, forecasts modest market growth in the overall entry door market growth of 5.1 percent for 2014 and 4.9... more »
  • Western Window partnered with the Earthwise Group LLC to manufacture Earthwise window products, continuing the westward expansion of the national network of locally owned, independent manufacturers of windows and doors. Western's manufacturing plant in Nampa, Idaho, will be the 18th Earthwise manufacturing facility in the United States and will serve customers in Idaho, Utah, Nevada and eastern... more »
  • The American Architectural Manufacturers Association will host an online contest on both LinkedIn and Twitter every Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, at 2:30 p.m. EDT from Aug. 5 through Sept. 3. The contest will feature quiz questions from AAMA’s FenestrationMasters program. Each Tuesday, one quiz question will be asked in AAMA’s LinkedIn group and a different quiz question will... more »