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  • A new national survey suggests Americans may once again prefer aesthetics over energy efficiency when it comes to home improvements. The fifth annual Energy Pulse survey conducted by Shelton Group found that consumers are reverting to their old priorities as the recession wanes–perhaps at the expense of the environment. “Energy efficiency is back to playing second fiddle, competing... more »
  • BlackEagle Partners LLC, a private equity firm focused on turnarounds and special situations, and Building Industry Partners LLC, a private equity firm focused on the U.S. building products industry, have joined with L.T. Gibson to form US LBM Holdings LLC to acquire three regional operations from Stock Building Supply LLC.  The new firm is buying pro dealer operations serving Wisconsin,... more »
  • VKR Holding A/S has purchased the Western Canadian operations of the Gienow Group from Sankaty Advisors LLC. Denmark-based VKR Holding is the parent company of Velux, the manufacturer of skylights with operations in the U.S. and throughout the world. VKR is acquiring the Gienow, Award and AWD business units, which employ about 650 people and operate three window and door manufacturing facilities... more »
  • Harvey Building Products, the manufacturer and distributor of windows, doors and patio rooms serving the Northeast, plans to reposition its manufacturing facilities by closing its leased facility in Springfield, Mass., and transferring production to Harvey-owned plants in Dartmouth, Mass., and Londonderry, N.H.  Interested employees from the Springfield facility will be transferred to the... more »
  • As part of a multi-million dollar renovation project, Hurd Window & Door installed all new energy efficient lighting fixtures that now beam clean bright white light throughout its Medford, Wis., manufacturing facility.  The energy saving initiative was recognized recently by Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy program, which presented Hurd with a rebate incentive check on October 20.... more »
  • Serious Materials, the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based window manufacturer, hosted a press conference last week to announce the largest weatherization agency in the United States, the Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County (CEDA), is using its high R-value SeriousWindows for the Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program. The decision is expected to generate significant demand... more »
  • Stürtz Machinery recently hosted an open house at its new facility, which the supplier moved into earlier this year.  As a tip of the hat to its parent company in Germany, the open house featured an Oktoberfest theme, including  traditional German food and drink. "Following the success of GlassBuild America in Atlanta, we decided it was a good time for an open house to show... more »
  • MI Windows & Doors plans to idle its Salisbury, N.C., window fabrication plant. The decision will affect  110 employees currently working at the facility. “Our decision to idle the Salisbury facility has been extremely difficult," says Stan Sullivan, MI's Eastern Division president. "Anytime we affect team members and their families by eliminating jobs it comes with much... more »
  • The National Fenestration Rating Council plans to celebrate its 20th anniversary this year with special events, including live music and other surprises, at its upcoming fall membership meeting. The meeting takes place November 16-19 at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. "Since its creation in 1989, the NFRC has become the recognized leader for independent and credible rating... more »
  • A recent hands-on comparison field study suggests its more cost effective to install urethane products on a home than wood. The study, conducted by Market Resource Associates and sponsored by Fypon Ltd., looked at trade contractors installing entry door surrounds. A small group of contractor teams were each asked to build two door surrounds–one from built-up wood pieces and the other from a... more »