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  • The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with  G-U Hardware, announced a voluntary recall of the hardware supplier's tilt-turn stay arms and side-hung sash hinges. In a November 28 release, CPSC officials advised consumers to stop using the recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.  The recall affects about 5,000 G-U Hardware tilt-turn stay arm... more »
  • The American Architectural Manufacturers Association has updated its AAMA 520-12 Voluntary Specification for Rating the Severe Wind-Driven Rain Resistance of Windows, Doors and Unit Skylights. “The specification is applicable for use in testing and comparative rating of windows, doors and skylights that are used in areas which may be subjected to severe wind-driven rain,” says Ken... more »
  • Adchem, a supplier of adhesive tapes for the window and door and numerous other industries, has launched a new website featuring a multi-attribute search system to help buyers and engineers select from hundreds of the company’s high performance, pressure-sensitive transfer, double-sided and specialty adhesive tape systems, it reports.   The new adchem.com site provides access to... more »
  • Exhibitors at the 2012 Greenbuild expo in San Francisco this month reported an increase in business activity, particularly in regards to high performance products. “People are saying that they see the light at the end of the tunnel,” said Joe Erb, commercial sales specialist at Quanex Building Products Corp., on the show floor. “People are interested in sustainability;... more »
  • The National Sunroom Association held its fall meeting at the headquarters of Architectural Testing Inc. in York, Pa., at the end of the October.  Association members and ATI officials gathered for business meetings and a number of presentations on issues affecting the sunroom industry. Speakers included Craig Joss of Craft-Bilt Manufacturing on the topic of lateral load and resistance; Dan... more »
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sent out a letter today announcing final recognition criteria for the Energy Star Most Efficient 2013 program for 11 product categories, including windows.  Reflecting changes put forward in a second draft at the end of October, the final criteria include: A U-factor ≤ 0.20 across all climate zones SHGC ≥ 0.20 in the Northern Zone, SHGC ≤ 0.... more »
  • Builders FirstSource Inc., the manufacturer and distributor of building products for residential new construction, has launched its new website at ts www.bldr.com. Video and other multimedia tools showcases the company's manufacturing and installation capabilities. Additionally, the new site features improved functionality by including location-specific information on products and services.... more »
  • Eovations LLC, an affiliate of Universal Forest Products, is launching what it describes as a process for manufacturing "a fully fiberized thermoplastic-mineral composite that replicates the fibrous structure of wood and creates a unique combination of strength, durability, aesthetic and workability properties." The company says the composite material is a strong candidate to replace... more »
  •   The Smart Security App for smartphones and tablets has been developed by Kwikset to help builders and contractors select door hardware. The application enables industry professionals to create projects that can be customized with interior and exterior door hardware, identifying the different options, types and quantities of hardware needed.  Users can also save and view past... more »
  • Idaho-based Hoff Cos. has purchased the assets of Allied Lumber Dealers, a wholesale door distributor in Denver.  The Colorado business will be merged with Hoff’s Trimco Millwork Distribution Division. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. “We are very excited about having Jim Bakarich, and his team join our company," says Brian Hoff, Hoff president and CEO. "We... more »