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  • MI Windows & Doors Inc. sold more windows in the the Department of Energy’s High Performance Windows Volume Purchase Program during 2011 than any other manufacturer, it reports.  The Gratz, Pa.-based manufacturer offers two product lines that meet the required .22 U-value program requirement. The goal of the High Performance Windows Volume Purchase Program is to expand the market... more »
  • This week is National Window Safety Week. The annual event organized by the National Safety Council and the National Window Safety Task Force is designed to highlight important safety tips to help parents and caretakers prevent child falls through windows while also educating them on the potential use of windows as an emergency egress. “As you open windows to let in fresh air, keep window... more »
  • Lead-certified contractors can now use 3M LeadCheck swabs to check for the presence of lead on drywall and plaster, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Previously, it was only accepted for use on wood and ferrous metal surfaces under the lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule. Now, according to EPA's website, there are two available options–the LeadCheck and D Lead test... more »
  • Masonite International Corp. has acquired Baillargeon Doors Inc., a manufacturer of wood flush doors for architectural applications headquartered in St. Ephrem, Quebec, Canada. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 1985, Baillargeon employs approximately 120 people at a single facility. The company’s 2011 revenues were approximatley $20 million. "The acquisition of... more »
  • Following a two-hour stakeholder strategy session in February, the Department of Energy is making a number of changes in its High Performance Windows Volume Purchase Program.  Changes were announced recently in the DOE Building Envelope and Windows R&D Program Blog. Among the changes is a new requirement for participating vendors to report total R-5 sales from all sources. ... more »
  • U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer recently visited and toured Crystal Window & Door Systems’ 205,000-square-foot production facility in Queens, N.Y. He met with employees and senior management to learn more about the company, as well as to discuss a number of important industry issues, including federal energy efficiency tax credits, lead paint regulations and affordable housing construction,... more »
  • The European Commission has fined nine European producers of window hardware a total of €86 million (about $114 million) for operating a cartel by which they agreed on common price increases in breach of EU antitrust rules. The collusion lasted from November 1999 to July 2007 and affected European buyers of windows throughout Europe, according to the commission. The companies named are Roto... more »
  • Nearly seven out of 10 home improvement shoppers say they are not brand loyal when it comes to buying big-ticket items, according to The Complex Shopper, a study conducted by The Integer Group and Decision Analyst. The research also found that about 70 percent of window/door shoppers did not have any prior experience with the brand or company they ultimately picked when buying. “... more »
  • ProVia Door Inc. is adding a new 108,000-square-foot facility adjacent to its headquarters in Sugarcreek, Ohio.  The building, expected to be completed this fall, will house residential entry door manufacturing and distribution. The door and window manufacturer is also planning to add about 75 jobs over the next several years. With pledges to add new jobs, ProVia received a variety of state... more »
  • Power and phone lines at the Truseal Technologies plant damaged by severe weather on Friday, March 16, have been restored and Quanex Building Products has resumed shipping finished goods. Company officials also report that customers should see no interruption in service. “With a strong inventory build of Truseal spacer products in Barbourville (Ky.) and in warehouses, we will continue to... more »