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  • With the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule going into effect yesterday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officially announced the elimination of the "opt-out" provision today.  It also announced plans to add "dust wipe" testing requirements and its "intention to regulate renovations on the exteriors of public and commercial buildings." According... more »
  • Schilling Lumber of Saint John, Ind., has completed its purchase of Edward Hines Lumber Co.’s former Mokena, Ill., facilities.  The acquisition allows Schilling to better service its already strong and growing customer base in Chicago’s south and west suburbs, officials report. Founded in 1945, Schilling is a family-owned and -operated company with two lumber yards and one... more »
  • Due to a significant increase in the demand for color exteriors in the past five years, Soft-Lite LLC has installed three new paint booths to expand capacity for its SureCoat exterior colored windows.  “The increase in our painting capacity gives us a competitive edge by shortening lead times, resulting in improved service to our customers,” says Greg Irving, VP of sales and... more »
  • Vice President Joe Biden marked the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with the announcement of the selection of 25 communities for up to $452 million in Recovery Act funding to “ramp-up” energy efficiency building retrofits. As part of a Department of Energy initiative, governments, private sector companies and non-profit organizations will work together on a variety of programs for... more »
  • The InstallationMasters program has reached a milestone, registering its 10,000th participant in January. Initially developed by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, the program trains and certifies residential window installers as a means to ensure intended product performance in the field. “We are enthused about reaching this 10,000-trainee milestone,” says Ben... more »
  • Sun Windows Inc. is implementing in-house powder coating at its plant in Owensboro, Ky. The new system will allow the window and door manufacturer to greatly improve the quality and time required for all custom exterior colors orders, while also allowing Sun to significantly expand its exterior cladding color options. Sun has partnered with AkzoNobel, manufacturer of Interpon powder coatings... more »
  • With two days to go before new lead paint rules for remodeling go into effect, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is joining with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning and the Ad Council today to launch a national public service advertising campaign "to educate parents about the dangers of lead poisoning." The campaign... more »
  • Registration is now open for GlassBuild America, the annual trade show to be held September 14-16 in Las Vegas, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.  In addition, the Window & Door Dealers Alliance has announced that registration to its first annual Window & Door Dealers Forum, happening in conjunction with that event, is open now as well. The GlassBuild America exhibit hall will... more »
  • Rep. Tim Bishop, D-N.Y., told attendees he would continue his fight to delay the new EPA rule. Washington, D.C.—New York contractors and other industry representatives gathered at the U.S. Capitol yesterday to protest the Environmental Protection Agency lead paint laws set to go in effect April 22. “I am determined to everything I can to delay this law," said Congressman... more »
  • The American Architectural Manufacturers Association held its 2010 Southeast Region spring meeting on March 30-31 in San Antonio, Texas, with an educational program that encompassed glass strength, lean manufacturing and updates on both regional and national issues. Guest speakers included Scott Norville, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Texas Tech University, who reviewed... more »