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  • The National Fenestration Rating Council is seeking input for its Independent Verification Program, which has been under development for nearly two years in order to meet Environmental Protection Agency requirements as a certification body for the Energy Star program.  The program is scheduled to go in effect in January 2013. Under the program, NFRC-rated and Energy Star-qualified... more »
  • The Window and Door Manufacturers Association installed its 2012/2013 executive committee yesterday as it concluded its spring meeting and legislative conference in Washington, D.C. The WDMA board of directors elected Ann Duebner of Eggers Industries as the association's chair, succeeding Elaine Sagers of Pella Corp. "As the industry continues to recover from the economic downtown, WDMA... more »
  • Fry Consultants Inc., an Atlanta-based market research and consulting firm, plans to conduct a multi-client study focusing on the Canadian residential window and exterior door industry. The study will provide data and information for unit sales and growth trends from 2012 through 2014, looking at different materials, sales channel changes and provincial/regional differences, the company reports.... more »
  • Cilio Technologies LLC, a supplier of automated order distribution and management systems for installed sales in the building materials industry, has launched a new web-based platform for retail home improvement stores and manufacturers. The Cilio Partners Portal is said to transform the way manufacturers and retailers distribute and manage their orders for installed sales among complex trading... more »
  • Washington, D.C.–The Window & Door Manufacturers Association is gathering here this week for its annual meeting and spring legislative conference. Members were updated yesterday on Congressional efforts to restore energy efficiency tax credits and curtail some of the Environmental Protection Agency's lead paint regulations before heading to Capitol Hill to meet their local... more »
  • Atrium Cos. Inc., which says it the largest manufacturer of residential vinyl and aluminum windows and patio doors in North America, has changed its name to Atrium Corp.   “Atrium Cos. Inc. was created as a group of independently operating enterprises acquired over many years,” states Kevin O’Meara, Atrium chairman and CEO.  “This name change to Atrium Corp.... more »
  • With new investors acquiring the assets of Wellington Window & Door in February, the Minnesota-based manufacturer and installer has been re-opened as Wellington Home Improvements. The owners of the new venture include Brent Woods, son of Wellington's founders, according to an article in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. "Wellington Home Improvements will continue to... more »
  • Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) has introduced a new bill that would restore the opt-out provision to the Lead Repair, Remodel and Paint rules established by Environmental Protection Agency. The legislation would also allow remodelers to correct paperwork errors without facing full penalties, provide an exemption for emergency renovations, and eliminate requirements for "hands-on"... more »
  • Naples, Fla.–While the American Architectural Manufacturers Association celebrated its 75th anniversary at its conference here this past week, it was also business as usual at the meeting. The event featured a variety of task group and committee meetings, with notable developments in the areas of installation and green standards, and an update on a program to enable life cycle analysis of... more »
  • Andersen Corp. is marking the beginning of an effort to convert its transportation fleet to compressed natural gas with the opening of a fueling station today near its Menomonie, Wis., plant.  The conversion to CNG is designed to reduce both operating costs and carbon dioxide emissions for the window and door manufacturer. The conversion of the first seven trucks to CNG will reduce their... more »