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  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy today outlined a series of steps to further strengthen the Energy Star program and boost confidence in the Energy Star brand. The action covers products across the board and is not specifically targeted at windows, doors and skylights in the program. Officials note that in addition to third-party testing already underway,... more »
  • Window & Door Dealers Alliance representatives met with officials from the White House Office of Management & Budget and Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday to make the case for preserving the “opt-out” provisions in the Environmental Protection Agency’s pending Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. The meeting was “encouraging,” according to... more »
  • Masonite Inc. has acquired substantially all of the assets of Ledco Inc., located in Shelbyville, Ky.  A manufacturer of interior flush doors, specializing in molded, veneer, mirror, pine, and bifold doors, Ledco serves wholesale customer East of the Rockies. Previously known as Lake Erie Door Co., Ledco was founded in 1964 in Akron, Ohio, by the Solomon family and has been manufacturing and... more »
  • The Window and Door Manufacturers Association installed a new leasdership team at its spring meeting and legislative conference in Washington, D.C., this week.  Stephen Sisson of Karona Inc. was elected the association's new chairman by the WDMA board of directors, replacing outgoing Chairman Steve Tourek of Marvin Windows & Doors. "I look forward to serving as WMDA chairman and... more »
  • A coalition of construction and building product industry groups wrote a letter to Congressional leaders last week requesting a delay in the implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency's Lead  Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. The letter argues that EPA is not ready to implement the LRRP laws starting on April 22.  Sent specifically to Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), Lisa... more »
  • Royal Window and Door Profiles has signed a distribution partnership agreement with British Columbia-based Coniston Products.  With the deal, a new distribution center is being opened to  supply Royal patio doors to Western Canada. Royal customers will benefit from Coniston’s extensive experience in warehousing and distribution of products for the window and door industry,... more »
  • Washington, D.C.—Members of the Window & Door Manufacturers made their way to the U.S. Capitol yesterday to meet their representatives in Congress as part of the organization’s first legislative conference and spring meeting held here this week. High on the WDMA agenda were the Environmental Protection Agency’s new rules on lead safe work practices in remodeling, the new... more »
  • Despite a downturn in the home improvement industry, Gorell Windows & Doors, Indiana, Pa., reports it is experiencing record increases in new business acquisitions as well as business volume from new acquisitions. In 2009, the amount of window business resulting from new dealers and distributors was 70 percent more than new business acquired in 2008, the vinyl window manufacturer reports.... more »
  • The Window and Door Manufacturers Association is applauding the passage of legislation by the U.S. Senate last week that would replace the .30/.30 standard to qualify for a $1,500 tax credit with the 2010 Energy Star standards for windows, doors and skylights. The legislation, sponsored by Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) and Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), had wide bipartisan Senate support as well... more »
  • Now planning a number of commemorative events, Thermal Industries marks its 50th anniversary this year. Recognized by some as the first custom vinyl replacement window manufacturer in the country, the Pittsburgh., Pa.-based company, now part of Atrium Windows & Doors, operates two manufacturing facilities and 20 branch locations serving 31 states. Thermal Industries’ history began back... more »