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  • A new bipartisan energy efficiency bill introduced by Reps. David McKinley (R-W.V.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) in the House of Representatives is designed is designed to help create jobs, save homeowners money and benefit the environment.  The Home Owner Managing Energy Savings (HOMES) Act would offer rebates to homeowners who invest in whole-house energy efficiency improvements. The... more »
  • In support of National Window Safety Week, Roto Frank of America is promoting window opening control devices as a means to help protect children by limiting a window opening to less than 4 inches. Roto is the North American distributor of the Angel Ventlock, a device that complies with the ASTM F2090-2010 standard for window fall prevention devices with mechansims for emergency escape. “... more »
  • Said to be one of the largest manufacturers of extruded plastic products in China, China Liansu Group Holdings Ltd. is establishing a joint venture in Canada with the Skyreach Group Inc. The new company, Skyreach L&S Extrusions Corp. will operate two divisions–one providing vinyl profiles to the window and door industry and another supplying standard and custom-finished vinyl patio... more »
  • The Window & Door Dealers Alliance has named Chapman Windows & Doors its member of the month for April 2012.  Founded in 1994, the company is based in West Chester, Pa. "We are charter members of [the National Association of the Remodeling Industry] in this area, but they are more full-service oriented and we were happy that WDDA has come on the scene to give us a voice in... more »
  • A supplier of fiberglass components to the window and door industry, Teel Plastics Inc. is selling its pultrusion division to Razor Composites LLC, a new business unit of James Hardie Industries, the international manufacturer of fiber-cement siding. The acquired assets will be part of a potential new business development platform in non-fiber cement building materials in the U.S.A, James Hardie... more »
  • MI Windows & Doors Inc. sold more windows in the the Department of Energy’s High Performance Windows Volume Purchase Program during 2011 than any other manufacturer, it reports.  The Gratz, Pa.-based manufacturer offers two product lines that meet the required .22 U-value program requirement. The goal of the High Performance Windows Volume Purchase Program is to expand the market... more »
  • This week is National Window Safety Week. The annual event organized by the National Safety Council and the National Window Safety Task Force is designed to highlight important safety tips to help parents and caretakers prevent child falls through windows while also educating them on the potential use of windows as an emergency egress. “As you open windows to let in fresh air, keep window... more »
  • Lead-certified contractors can now use 3M LeadCheck swabs to check for the presence of lead on drywall and plaster, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Previously, it was only accepted for use on wood and ferrous metal surfaces under the lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule. Now, according to EPA's website, there are two available options–the LeadCheck and D Lead test... more »
  • Masonite International Corp. has acquired Baillargeon Doors Inc., a manufacturer of wood flush doors for architectural applications headquartered in St. Ephrem, Quebec, Canada. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 1985, Baillargeon employs approximately 120 people at a single facility. The company’s 2011 revenues were approximatley $20 million. "The acquisition of... more »
  • Following a two-hour stakeholder strategy session in February, the Department of Energy is making a number of changes in its High Performance Windows Volume Purchase Program.  Changes were announced recently in the DOE Building Envelope and Windows R&D Program Blog. Among the changes is a new requirement for participating vendors to report total R-5 sales from all sources. ... more »