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  • 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 »
  • As part of a green initiative, the Amesbury Group recently installed a blower-powered air wipe system to dry extruded plastic at its Statesville, N.C., textile facility.  The compressed air reduction project is expected to yield  $41,000 annual electricity cost savings in the extrusion department at the plant, with the industry supplier planning to bring in similar equipment at its... more »
  • Marvin Windows & Doors has discontinued its wood entry door product line, company officials report.  The decision also impacts its interior wood door line, introduced earlier this year at the International Builders' Show.  The Warroad, Minn., company entered the entry door business in 2005 with the the acquisition of Heritage Door, a high-end wood manufacturer with a 65,... more »
  • "Warning: Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear." Many window and door manufacturers arealready looking at the EPA Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rules addressing lead and necessary precautions for the work in their rearview mirror. Through the efforts of many, however, enforcement of the regulations was pushed back until October of this year. Before we get too far away from... more »
  • A delegation from the Window & Door Dealers Alliance visited the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., delivering the organization's official response to the EPA's request for comments on proposed lead clearance testing rules under its Renovation, Repair and Paint program.  The WDDA group also brought nearly 200 letters gathered from dealers around the country... more »
  • The board of directors at Intek Plastics Inc. has appointed Mike Kinning as president and Steve Glienke as chief operating officer. The two serve as co-leaders of the Hastings, Minn., based company effective immediately. Kinning started at Intek in 1991 as a sales engineer, and went on to serve the supplier of custom extruded and fabricated plastic products as business manager, manufacturing... more »
  • Interlock USA, the window and door hardware supplier based in Reno, Nev., has expanded its product line by forming a strategic partnership with Dr. Hahn, a German manufacturer of hinges for metal and vinyl doors. “We’ve seen a dramatic increase in the need for European hardware throughout North America, and we are always looking to offer the world’s most advanced solutions to... more »
  • Thermal Industries Inc. marked its 50th anniversary last week with the announcement that it would give 50 custom-made vinyl replacement windows to the non-profit organization Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh. David Rascoe, president, also pledged the company would participate in an ongoing partnership that provides future window support to the organization. Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh... more »
  • DAC Products, the supplier of window and door displays and sample cases, is integrating its operations into its plant in Rural Hall, N.C.  Closing a facility in East Bend, N.C., the company expects to complete the process in the third quarter of this year. With the move, the company is making an immediate investment of $250,000 to $300,000 in equipment, as well as transferring 25 to 30... more »
  • The Environmental Protection Agency is delaying enforcement of the certification requirements of the lead renovation, repair and painting rule that went into effect in April. The move comes in response to concerns "raised by the regulated community regarding difficulties experienced in obtaining the rule required firm certification and renovation worker training," according to a memo... more »