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  • Veka Inc. recently organized four charity events for its employees in Fombell, Pa.; Reno, Nev.; and Terrell, Texas.  With the Veka Gives Back program, the extruder set aside one week for voluntary collections of donations for three charities, and also hosted an American Red Cross Blood Drive for one day at its facilities. As a result of the efforts, Veka collected over 3,000 items for... more »
  • Simonton Windows and Therma-Tru Doors will be part of a new company focused on home and security products, as Fortune Brands Inc., plans to separate its three main business units. Its board of directors has voted to maintain Fortune Brands as a publicly-traded distilled spirits company, spinning off its home and security unit as an independent publicly-traded company with a tax-free sale to... more »
  • Eager to assist a good cause, employees from Edgetech I.G. and its and sister company LMI Custom Mixing recently held a drive that resulted in the collection of 5,000 books, along with additional supplies, for children on the Caribbean island of Grenada.  The drive was spurred by a relative of an Edgetech employee living in the area, who recognized a need to provide books and supplies to the... more »
  • PGT Industries is closing its manufacturing plant in Salisbury, N.C., and transferring production operations to its headquarters facility in Venice, Fla.  The manufacturer plans to implement the consolidation over the next 60 days and expects it to be complete by the end of the second quarter of 2011. "We expect that the consolidation of manufacturing operations to our Florida... more »
  • Tax credits for energy efficient home upgrades are part of the agreement reached between Congressional Republicans and President Obama to extend the Bush tax cuts, reports David Walker, vice president of the Window & Door Dealers Alliance. Based on conversations with Senate staff members supporting such measures, he says, “there is reason for optimism," but no guarantee... more »
  • Andersen Corp. has announced that Jim Humphrey, who has been chief executive officer since 2003, will retire from active management on March 31, 2011. He will continue to serve as the company’s board chair and will be succeeded as CEO by Jay Lund, who currently serves as Andersen’s president and COO. These steps are part of a planned succession. “It has been an honor to lead... more »
  • Graham Architectural Products, based in York, Pa., has acquired the inventory, machinery, equipment and other assets from Keystone Industries Window & Screen Systems Inc.  The business will operate as Graham Thermal Products, a subsidiary of Graham Architectural, in a newly-leased 45,000-square-foot facility in New Castle, Pa., where Keystone was located. Started in 1989, Keystone... more »
  • A number of window, door and skylight executives sent a joint letter yesterday to all members of Congress urging them to pass a temporary extension of the energy efficient tax credit for windows, doors and skylights during the current lame duck session. Without an extension, the tax credit will sunset on December 31. The letter states that the current credit has spurred consumer purchases that... more »
  • Jim Doerger, founder of Vinylmax, is assuming the role of chairman of the board for the manufacturer of vinyl and wood replacement windows at the end this year.  His daughter, Laura Doerger-Roberts, will become president and general manager, and his sons, Craig Doerger and Dave Doerger, will be named vice presidents, forming the leadership team that will have direct responsibility for all... more »
  • Centor Architectural, the supplier of folding door, screen and blind systems, recently opened a new branch in St. Petersburg, Fla.  The location is the first of three new branches planned by the Australian company. “Our new Florida office will allow us to better address the market in both Southeastern United States, as well as the Caribbean,” says Paul Cornish, Centor Florida... more »