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  • Altamont Capital Partners, a $500 million private equity firm, has acquired Cascade Windows as part of a restructuring with existing lenders and equity holders. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. “We’re excited to partner with Altamont," says Randy Emerson, CEO of the Spokane, Wash.-based vinyl window manufacturer. "Altamont’s operational focus and expertise... more »
  • Expanding its holdings in the fenestration industry, Quanex Building Products Corp. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Alumco Inc. and its subsidiaries in an all-cash transaction. The assets include Aluminite, a screen producer for the window and door industry. Terms of the transaction will not be publicly disclosed. The new business will become part of Quanex’s... more »
  • Glass for Europe, the association of Europe’s flat glass manufacturers, and EuroWindoor, the association of the fenestration industry in Europe, have issued a statement welcoming the publication by the European Commission of the second Ecodesign working plan. Specifically, the two groups are expressing satisfaction that the new plan recognizes the energy saving potential of windows and... more »
  • Jeld-Wen Inc. will open a new North American headquarters in Charlotte, N.C., according to a news release from North Carolina Gov. Betsy Perdue. The window and door manufacturer plans to invest $2 million in the operation and create at least 142 jobs over the next two years. “We are very pleased to expand in North Carolina and establish our North American headquarters in... more »
  • Fiberglass door maker Therma-Tru Doors is increasing its sales and marketing efforts in Canada. To support its commitment to the Canadian marketplace, the Maumee, Ohio-based company has launched a multimedia awareness campaign targeting dealers, home builders, renovators, and contractors. The program includes print and on-line advertising, direct mail and the launch of its Canadian website... more »
  • Renewed optimism has residential contractors projecting revenue growth during the coming years, which is changing their strategies for how they bid jobs and select products, and where they shop for building products, according to new study from L.E.K. Consulting. The company's third Contractor Behavior Survey finds contractors are slightly less price sensitive when choosing building products and... more »
  • MI Windows & Doors Inc. has been named to the PPL Electric Utilities’ E-Power Energy-Smart Business Honor Roll for upgrading lights and other fixtures at its manufacturing facility in Gratz, Pa. The honor roll recognizes Pennsylvania businesses, institutions and non-profit organizations in the utility's service areas for taking measures to become more energy efficient. The window... more »
  • Guardian Industries reached an important milestone at its float glass plant in Krasny Sulin, Russia, where officials participated in the initial “ribbon pull”, December 11, to mark the beginning of production. The $220 million plant is Guardian’s largest to date, producing 900 tons of glass per day, and will include a technologically advanced glass coater, according to a release... more »
  • Highlander Partners L.P., a Dallas-based private investment firm, has acquired Florida-based Custom Window Systems. Founded in 1986, CWS manufactures impact-resistant and non-impact windows and doors, as well as porch enclosure products. The company primarily serves the replacement and remodeling markets in Florida and other coastal markets in the Southeastern United States. Under... more »
  • Richard Laflamme, president and CEO of Canadian window and door manufacturer R. Laflamme et Frère Inc., passed away November 30, at the age of 55. A well known industry figure, Laflamme grew up in a business environment. In 1950, his father founded R. Laflamme et Frère, with a plant in Saint-Apollinaire, Quebec. Richard Laflamme worked at the company for 25 years as director of sales, before... more »