Latest News

  • The National Architectural Door Council of the Window & Door Manufacturers Association has initiated a project to create ISO-compliant Product Category Rules for architectural wood flush, and stile and rail doors. Creation of a PCR is the first step to ultimately enable door manufacturers to develop ISO-compliant Life Cycle Assessments and Environmental Product Declarations for documenting... more »
  • Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co. announced that Michael Salsieder, president,will retire at the end of March 2014. Not long after joining Kolbe in September of 2002, Salsieder became executive VP, and then president at the start of 2005. Since then, he has successfully led Kolbe through some of the most challenging times in the history of the window and door industry and the residential... more »
  • Company acquisitions, Energy Star Version 6.0, tax credits and new product developments topped the news in 2013 for the window and door industry. Following is a look back at the year in review.   Continued consolidation 2013 saw a number of acquisitions in the window and door market, including Ply Gem Industries’ purchase of Gienow Windows & Doors. In an effort to expand its... more »
  • Residential architecture firms across the country are reporting steadily improving business conditions, with remodeling activity leading the way, according to the American Institute of Architects Home Design Trends Survey for the third quarter of 2013. In addition to information on housing and neighborhood preferences, the study includes data on the most popular home exterior features among... more »
  • Cold Weather Condensation is a new brochure published by WDMA that discusses the circumstances under which condensation can appear on windows during cold weather, and describes methods that may reduce the likelihood or severity of this happening. This brochure contains updated recommendations on indoor relative humidity, which is the major reason for condensation on windows and within building... more »
  • WTS Paradigm has gone live with Lucent Window and Door Co., a high-end manufacturer of wood and wood aluminum-clad windows and doors for the new construction and replacement window market. By taking a phased approach and focusing on core business needs, Lucent was able to compress a project that typically averages six months in duration down to eight weeks. This has allowed the manufacturer... more »
  • Gary Hartman has been named director of marketing and new business development for Chelsea Building Products. Hartman began his career in the window and door industry 30 years ago with Season-All Industries before working at Chelsea from 1985-1995 in a variety of sales and marketing positions. He returned to Chelsea in 2008 to lead marketing communications and customer service management, and... more »
  • After pleading guilty to theft, the former CEO of Republic Windows & Doors was sentenced to four years in prison, according to a Dec. 5 article from the Chicago Tribune. The former executive, Richard Gillman, pleaded guilty to stealing more than $500,000 from Republic Windows, the Chicago-based company that was shut down suddenly in 2008, prompting a sit-in of more than 200 workers. In... more »
  • Markets in 54 out of the approximately 350 metro areas nationwide returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index, released December 5. The index’s nationwide score of .86 indicates that, based on current permits, prices and employment data, the nationwide market is... more »
  • Power Home Remodeling Group, one of the nation's largest home remodeling companies, was ranked No. 32 on the Chicago Tribune's "Top Workplaces 2013" list. With 115 employees, the company's regional office in Rosemont, Ill., was ranked in the small business category (companies with fewer than 250 employees). "We're extremely honored to be recognized as a top workplace in Chicago... more »