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  • Brett Boyum, a 15-year veteran at Marvin Windows & Doors, has been promoted to vice president of marketing.  Most recently, he served as director of marketing for both Marvin and its sister brand, Integrity Windows & Doors.  He succeeds Tom Angelis, who is retiring. Boyum has achieved a record of success during the most tumultuous time in history for the U.S. housing industry,... more »
  • The National Fenestration Rating Council has developed a program designed to help window and door retailers educate consumers, and is now offering free fact sheets that can be used to explain energy efficiency performance numbers.  “NFRC was inspired to start the retailer program when the organization began noticing an increase in the number of calls from consumers inquiring about how... more »
  • Atrium Cos., the owner of Houston-based Champion Window, has agreed to adhere to revised immigration compliance programs and to pay $2 million as forfeited funds to the Department of Homeland Security, according to the office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson, along with Robert Rutt, an ICE special agent in Houston, also note that the government has agreed not... more »
  • Eastman Chemical Co. and Solutia Inc. have entered into a definitive agreement under which Eastman will acquire Solutia. The transaction, expected to close in mid-2012, is valued at about $4.7 billion. “The acquisition of Solutia is a significant step in our growth strategy and one that I am confident will strengthen Eastman as a top-tier specialty chemical company with strong, stable... more »
  • Using a new technology said to fuse a long-lasting and realistic interior wood appearance to vinyl, the new TimberBond line of replacement windows has been launched by Champion Window. Available in light oak, dark oak or cherry, the option enables homeowners to get the look of wood with the benefits of the manufacturer's vinyl windows.   One of Champion's new woodgrain finishes... more »
  • The Environmental Protection Agency is looking to update the guiding principles documents of the overall Energy Star program.  A letter went out to stakeholder yesterday seeking input. "Over the past two years, significant and rapid changes to the Energy Star products program have been implemented," explains Ann Bailey, director of product labeling for the program. "Last... more »
  • Special-Lite Inc. has acquired Universal Pultrusions LLC, a manufacturer of pultruded fiberglass reinforced plastic doors, frames, thresholds and related accessories for commercial entrance applications. The purchase includes Universal's manufacturing facility located in Marshall, Ark. Based in Decatur, Mich., Special-Lite manufactures entrance systems consisting of flush, monumental, woodgrain... more »
  • The Association of Millwork Distributors will once again host a spring educational event featuring an interactive one-day workshop in conjunction with a member plant tour.  This spring, AMD is heading to Mobile, Ala., with the meeting set for the Battle House Renaissance Hotel & Spa and a visit set for Barnett Millworks. “Strategically Aligned Sales Incentives” is the... more »
  • Mount Laurel, N.J.–The Northeast Window & Door Association learned about reducing scrap, as well as potential product lines required to keep up with increasing energy efficiency demands in the residential market at its winter meeting here today.  The event, which also featured a tabletop reception, featured updates from a number of other speakers.   Joseph Machine's... more »
  • The Home Depot has acquired Redbeacon, an online services company that connects consumers with home maintenance, repair and remodeling contractors. The home improvement retailer tells the Atlanta Journal Constitution that it is too soon to say what its plans are for the California-based company. Redbeacon is currently available in Atlanta, the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, Chicago, Los... more »