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  • Five companies that sell replacement windows will have "to stop making exaggerated and unsupported claims about the energy efficiency of their windows and how much money consumers could save on their heating and cooling bills," under settlements reached with the Federal Trade Commission.  The cases are part of a broad FTC effort to ensure that environmental marketing is truthful... more »
  • California-based Goldbrecht European Window & Door Solutions recently started its 30th project in North America featuring the Vitrocsa system designed to create an almost invisible wall that can be opened and closed. The line, including sliding doors, guillotine windows and pivoting doors, is now being produced in the U.S.     A Vitrocsa sliding glass door system... more »
  • Maine window manufacturer Mathews Brothers Co. has surpassed its safety record for No Lost Time days. It recently recorded its 714th day without a lost work time incident, breaking the previous record of 713 days “An achievement like this requires the dedication and conscious effort of each and every one of our employees, on a daily basis,” says Scott Hawthorne, president. “This... more »
  • Union members at the one-time Republic Windows plant in Chicago once again held a sit-in yesterday after being told that Serious Energy would close the operations and consolidate its manufacturing at facilities in Pennsylvania and Colorado.  The sit-in ended this morning with an agreement to keep the operation open for 90 days, according to a Chicago Tribune report. Officials of the United... more »
  • Quanex Building Products Corp. has unveiled its Quanex Optimizer as an app for the iPad. The program, designed to provide accurate estimates of U-factors of windows based on the components used, was previously only available as a web-based program used by the company’s sales team.   “We demonstrated the Quanex Optimizer as a web-based program at GlassBuild and other... more »
  • Alberta-based All Weather Windows has once again been named one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed companies in an annual program sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC, The National Post and the Queen’s School of Business. This is the fourth year the window and door manufacturer has re-qualified for the list.  As a result, All Weather has also received the Gold Standard award this year. This... more »
  • MI Windows & Doors reports that the average shipped-on-time-and-complete rate for all its plants improved to 99.5 percent in 2011, up from 98.6 percent in 2010.       "Our customers have told us that when they place an order for a window and door package, one of their highest expectations is that the order will ship with all of the products in that order,"... more »
  • Roto Frank of America Inc. was recently recognized with a special Turnaround Performance Award from its parent company Roto Frank AG. Chris Dimou, CEO and president of the U.S-based operation accepted the award the global hardware supplier's recent leadership conference in Berlin, Germany.     Roto Frank of America's Chris Dimou, second from left, received the award from Roto... more »
  • The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is acquiring a stake in Novatech Group Inc., investing $16.7 million (CDN) into the producer of doors and door components. The Montreal-based financial institution primarily manages funds for pension and insurance plans, with more than $150 billion in net assets. With the transaction, Raymond Ouellette, chairman of Novatech's board of directors... more »
  • In conjunction with its Pro Expo series, Pella Corp. has donated $30,000 to the non-profit organization Homes for Our Troops.  It also worked to help raise additional cash, building materials and labor to support the national cause with partners and attendees at its Pro Expo events, which were held in 30 U.S. and Canadian markets in 2011.      Pella's Chris Dana, left,... more »