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  • Storm door maker Larson Manufacturing plans to end second shift operations at its Clear Lake, Iowa, plant beginning next year, according to an article in the Mason City Globe Gazette.  About 60 of the facility's 210 employees will be affected. "The stagnant economy has not shown clear signs of improving and we need to right-size our capacity to meet the market demand," says Jeff... more »
  • Four current managers at Dashwood Industries Inc. plan to buy the vinyl window maker from Andersen Corp., which purchased the Canadian company in 1995.  Dashwood, based in Centralia, Ont., will continue to market its products within the province under new ownership.  The transaction is expected to be completed in December. “While we believe the business has long-term viability and... more »
  • Norandex Building Materials Distribution Inc., based in Hudson, Ohio, is implementing a restructuring process to complete a transformation from its historic roots as a vertically-integrated vinyl siding supplier to a full-line distributor of exterior products, company officials state. The plan includes the closing of numerous branches around the country, but it allows Norandex to continue... more »
  • Toronto, ON—New products and new looks abounded at Win-Door North America, the annual event hosted by the Canadian Window & Door Manufacturers Association at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre here last week.  One new look was a new name and logo for CWDMA, which voted officially to change its name to Fenestration Canada during meetings held in conjunction with the trade show... more »
  • A one-time Silver Line Building Products plant in Fall River, Mass., is being re-opened by Andersen Corp. to serve as a Northeast distribution center.  The facility will handle distribution for Andersen, Emco and Silver Line products in the Northeast region that has been handled by Brockway-Smith Co., an independent distributor based in Andover, Mass. Earlier this year, Andersen and Brockway... more »
  • The U.S. Department of Energy has indicated it plans to promote swift adoption of the 2012 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code, saying it makes "historic strides" for increased energy efficiency in residential and commercial building. Approved by the International Code Council at the end of October, the 2012 IECC is expected to meet DOE's goal of achieving 30 percent... more »
  • Gorell Windows & Doors reports that sales of windows and doors over the past two months are 12.5 percent higher than the same eight-week period in 2009. Noting that the fourth quarter of 2009 was a record period for sales, the vinyl window and door maker also says it is now on pace to break that record. Helping boost sales has been the addition a record 125 new window dealers this year,... more »
  • The National Fenestration Rating Council has approved technical procedures for the development of U-factor, solar heat gain coefficient, and visible transmittance ratings for co-planar interior and exterior attachment products, such as blinds and shades. The vote came at the group's fall membership meeting last week in San Francisco.  “Approval of technical procedures for determining... more »
  • Vice President Joe Biden joined U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today at a White House Middle Class Task Force event to  launch the Home Energy Score pilot program. The Home Energy Score is designed to offer homeowners straightforward, reliable information about their homes' energy efficiency.     The new DOE Home Energy Score report is said to provide... more »
  • The International Code Council has voted to eliminate provisions in the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code setting lower energy performance requirements for metal-framed fenestration products than for other types of fenestration in commercial construction.  Part of an effort to improve the energy efficiency of commercial and residential buildings built to the 2012 codes by 30... more »