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  • Soft-Lite LLC is implementing improveit! 360, a Web-based business management system said to allow the vinyl window and door manufacturer to better integrate with its dealer network. The system also aims to help its dealers lower operating costs and improve business processes.  Helping Soft-Lite dealers generate and close more leads, an embedded closed-loop marketing system in... more »
  • Haddon Windows & Doors reports it is the first to offer an R-5 window manufactured using traditional dual-pane construction.  To introduce the new line, the Bensalem, Pa.-based manufacturer has also initiated a program with dealers in more than a dozen states to launch its 6600 series double hung at a special price of $499 installed. The new 6600 Series vinyl window has achieved an NFRC-... more »
  • UL Environment, a subsidiary of Underwriters Laboratories, has started work on sustainability standards for windows and doors. Its door standard has gone through an initial stakeholder comment period, and a draft of a window standard is expected to be completed by year end. To develop comprehensive standards, UL Environment convenes sustainable technical panels, representing expertise from a... more »
  • In an effort to help feed the unemployed, MecalUSA has enacted a program to donate money to the local food pantries.  From now until the end of 2010, the equipment supplier will donate 1 percent of the purchase price for any machine to the local food pantry in the community of a purchasing company, in that company’s name, says James Mattox, MecalUSA president. With the large number of... more »
  • For the second year, WTS Paradigm has sponsored a local family through Habitat for Humanity of Dane County in Wisconsin. On August 7, company employees volunteered their time to help build the home sponsored by the supplier of software for window and door manufacturers and dealers. As sponsor, WTS Paradigm donated all the windows and doors, while WTS Paradigm customer Clopay donated the garage... more »
  • Richard "Dick" Wendt, founder of Jeld-Wen Inc., passed away August 14 after suffering a stroke. He was 79. Wendt led the Klamath Falls, Ore.-based window and door manufacturer as president and CEO from its start in 1960 until 1992. He served as chairman of the board from 1981 to 2010. His son Rod has been president and CEO since 1992 and Robert Turner, a 39-year Jeld-Wen manager, was... more »
  • Weather Shield Windows & Doors recently launched the EnergySmartSolutions Guide microsite (weathershield.com/energy) to provide homeowners an information hub on everything from the anatomy of an energy-efficient window to the energy credits currently available.  The site also highlights a rebate program offered by the manufacturer. “Windows and doors are a critical structural... more »
  • Stanley Black & Decker has licensed Dusco Doors Ltd. of Montreal, Que., to manufacture and market Stanley Doors in North America. The license takes effect immediately, with the Canadian door maker planning to bring a new line of Stanley Doors quickly to the marketplace, it reports. “We are extremely excited to have been chosen by Stanley Black & Decker to reintroduce Stanley... more »
  • Habitat For Humanity recently recognized Jantek Industries LLC for its generosity and support for its Burlington County, N.J., affiliate. Based in Medford, N.J., Jantek  set up a program earlier this year to donate surplus and odd lot windows to Habitat's Restore located in Cinnaminson, N.J. ReStore sells the donated windows to the general public with proceeds going towards Habitat for... more »
  • A mobile supplier of IG fabrication and replacement services, Inst-I-Glass LLC has started franchising its business system. Maintaining its original outlet operating in Louisville, Ky., the company has franchisees currently operating in Knoxville, Tenn.; Chicago; and Cleveland. With a location in Cincinnati set for launch in September, Inst-I-Glass has also signed agreements for franchise... more »