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  • Like the Senate on Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation last night extending the Bush tax cuts for another two years. Expected to be signed by President Obama today, the final bill features a tax credit of up to $200 for Energy Star-qualified windows and skylights and up to  $500 for Energy Star-qualified doors for 2011. "WDMA members and staff worked with... more »
  • Dove Vinyl Windows is expanding with plans to invest $2 million to open a new manufacturing operation in Pulaski County, Va. The Wilkes-Barre, Pa.-based manufacturer plans to create 100 new jobs at the 75,000-square-foot facility. "The new plant is an important aspect to our current company objectives of strategically servicing our customers in existing markets and long-term goals as a... more »
  • After acquiring the assets of Lifetime Doors in October, Masonite International is now planning to close five of its six plants around the country, according to an article in the News-Gazette of Champaign, Ill.  Masonite is closing Lifetime's interior door manufacturing facilities in Watseka, Ill.; Easton, Pa.; Hearne, Texas; Los Banos, Calif., and Sacramento, Calif.  It will continue... more »
  • Compromise tax legislation extending the Bush tax cuts released last week includes a significantly reduced tax credit for windows, doors and skylights for 2011, according to the Window & Door Manufacturers Association. The draft of the bill the Senate is expected to vote on Wednesday calls for a 10 percent tax credit of up to $200 for Energy Star-qualified windows and skylights and a 10... more »
  • Moving to consolidate production capacity to match market demand, Schield Family Brands plans to move certain assembly lines from its plant in Park Falls, Wis., to its facility in Mosinee, Wis., the company reports. The 400,000-square-foot plant in Park Falls has been predominantly focused on Weather Shield, Peachtree and Visions brand patio and entry doors and employs 158 workers. Under the... more »
  • Veka Inc. recently organized four charity events for its employees in Fombell, Pa.; Reno, Nev.; and Terrell, Texas.  With the Veka Gives Back program, the extruder set aside one week for voluntary collections of donations for three charities, and also hosted an American Red Cross Blood Drive for one day at its facilities. As a result of the efforts, Veka collected over 3,000 items for... more »
  • Simonton Windows and Therma-Tru Doors will be part of a new company focused on home and security products, as Fortune Brands Inc., plans to separate its three main business units. Its board of directors has voted to maintain Fortune Brands as a publicly-traded distilled spirits company, spinning off its home and security unit as an independent publicly-traded company with a tax-free sale to... more »
  • Eager to assist a good cause, employees from Edgetech I.G. and its and sister company LMI Custom Mixing recently held a drive that resulted in the collection of 5,000 books, along with additional supplies, for children on the Caribbean island of Grenada.  The drive was spurred by a relative of an Edgetech employee living in the area, who recognized a need to provide books and supplies to the... more »
  • PGT Industries is closing its manufacturing plant in Salisbury, N.C., and transferring production operations to its headquarters facility in Venice, Fla.  The manufacturer plans to implement the consolidation over the next 60 days and expects it to be complete by the end of the second quarter of 2011. "We expect that the consolidation of manufacturing operations to our Florida... more »
  • Tax credits for energy efficient home upgrades are part of the agreement reached between Congressional Republicans and President Obama to extend the Bush tax cuts, reports David Walker, vice president of the Window & Door Dealers Alliance. Based on conversations with Senate staff members supporting such measures, he says, “there is reason for optimism," but no guarantee... more »