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  • Ultra Hardware Products LLC has partnered with Fapim of Italy to be its new U.S. distributor. Fapim manufacturers a range of door and window hardware utilitizing the Euro groove system.  Started in 1974 to produce fittings for aluminum windows and doors combining innovation and ease of use, Fapim now offers a catalog of more than 1,000 hardware products. With more than 1 million square feet... more »
  • Atis Group Inc., the Quebec-based window and door maker with operations across Canada, has decided against an initial public offering due to unfavorable market conditions, according to several press reports. "Given the increased uncertainty and volatility in the markets, primarily due to macro economic circumstances, we believe it is best to defer the offering at this time," Robert... more »
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued further guidance regarding its June 18th decision to give renovation firms and workers additional time to obtain necessary training and certifications to comply with its new lead rules. A new question-and-answer document was recently posted on the EPA Web site. The delay in enforcement of Renovation, Repair and Painting training and... more »
  • "Virtualization" was a hot topic at the eighth annual FeneVision User Conference, being held in downtown Cleveland this week. Gathering nearly 100 people from 32 window and door manufacturers and glass fabrication companies, as well as a dozen industry vendors, the event, hosted by FeneTech Inc., featured a speaker who detailed the concept, which means separation of computer systems and... more »
  • The Iron Door Co. LLC has partnered with Henrietta Spencer-Churchill of Spencer-Churchill Designs  to develop a new line of historically inspired iron doors.  Sold under the Castle Entries brand, the doors are priced to compete with wood entry doors. Spencer-Churchill is the daughter of the 11th Duke of Marlborough, whose family home is Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. She has been... more »
  • Velux parent, VKR Holding of Denmark, is acquiring Loewen, the custom wood window and door maker based in Steinbach, Man., Canada. The move is VKR's second major expansion into the North American market, as it acquired Western Canada's Gienow Group last fall. “We already own several vertical window companies, and now we extend these activities in Canada and the USA, where the... more »
  • Custom Glass Products of Carolina Inc., the manufacturer of Decralite grids, reports it has successfully concluded a patent litigation case against Infini-Lite LLC. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia has permanently enjoined any further infringement of Decralite patents and the Decralite trademark, according to Custom Glass. Based in Salisbury, N.C., Custom Glass also... more »
  • Kevin O'Meara, currently chairman of Atrium Cos. Inc. and an operating partner at Golden Gate Capital, Atrium's majority shareholder, is assuming the chief executive officer position.  He succeeds Gregory T. Faherty, current Atrium president and CEO, who is retiring.  Prior to joining Golden Gate, O'Meara was president and COO of Builders FirstSource Inc., the  distributor and... more »
  • Santelli Tempered Glass Inc., a Pennsylvania-based supplier to residential window manufacturers, plans to open a new tempering facility in Elkhart, Ind.  The company plans to invest more than $3.7 million to lease and equip a 32,500 square-foot facility, according to officials with the Indiana Economic Development Corp. "Elkhart is perfectly situated between major glass areas of Toledo... more »
  • Alcoa plans to purchase Traco, the Cranberry, Pa.-based manufacturer of commercial windows and doors.  Traco will become part of Alcoa's global Building and Construction Systems business, which also includes Kawneer, the manufacturer of architectural aluminum windows, curtain wall and storefront products and entrance systems. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. "Traco's strong brand... more »