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  • Masco Corp. reports it is closing the Milgard Windows & Doors operation west of Chicago in Aurora, Ill., over the next few months. The move comes "in response to the challenging economy and state of the new residential construction and remodeling industries," according to a statement from Kathleen Vokes, Masco communications director. In a letter sent to customers, the... more »
  • PPG Industries plans to begin operation of a new 80,000-square-foot plant for glass cutting, fabrication of insulating glass units, and distribution in Barrie, Ontario. The new site replaces a PPG facility near Toronto in North York, where PPG has operated for 60 years, the company notes. “The Barrie plant will provide better access to our customers and enable us to operate more efficiently... more »
  • Chicago—With the appearance of more window and door industry exhibitors than in recent years and respectable traffic in the aisles, the Remodeling Show provided hints of optimism for a stronger remodeling market in the coming year. Last week's show at McCormick Place also featured a healthy dose of new products.     Lincoln Windows and Marvin were part of what appeared to be... more »
  • Seeking industry comments and discussion, the Environnmental Protection Agency has released new criteria it is considering for the Energy Star windows, doors and skylights program. The proposals, which would take effect in fall 2013, include a maximum U-factor requirement as low as 0.25 for Northern climate zone windows.   According to the Energy Star Windows, Doors, and Skylights... more »
  • Significantly exceeding the pace of growth registered between 2005 and 2010, global demand for windows and doors is forecast to rise 6.8 percent per year through 2015, according to a new study from the Freedonia Group.  With the gains exaggerated by an extremely weak 2010 base in the developed world–particularly in the United States–demand is expected to reach $192 billion by... more »
  • British Columbia-based Centra Windows reports it has gained a competitive edge through efficient scheduling and materials management by expanding its use of new mobile enterprise software. Flowfinity Wireless, the software provider, has released a case study detailing the vinyl window manufacturer and installer's use of its systems.  Centra Windows implemented Flowfinity Actions to replace... more »
  • Architectural Testing Inc. has purchased HTL, based in Riviera Beach, Fla. Offering a range of testing and certification services to the fenestration and building product industries, ATI is now comprised of approximately 300 professionals and over 20 state-of-the-art testing facilities and regional offices, officials report. In addition to its Florida location, HTL operated facilities in Georgia... more »
  • Laminated glass interlayer and specialty film producer, Solutia Inc., is acquiring Southwall Technologies Inc., the manufacturer of a Heat Mirror film used in insulating glass and a variety of window film products. The transaction is valued at approximately $113 million. "This acquisition positions Solutia as the world leader in advanced sputtering technology, combining the industry's... more »
  • The Envirosealed Windows marketing program developed by Truseal Technologies for its customers is expanding. Quanex Building Products is now launching the Envirosealed Windows & Doors for manufacturers that incorporate one or more of its high-performance components, including Duralite, Super Spacer, EnergyCore, MikronWood and Imperial Products. The Envirosealed Windows & Doors marketing... more »
  • A new U.S. Forest Service study indicated that wood should factor as a primary building material in green building, according to a recent announcement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. A review of the science suggests that using wood in building products yields fewer greenhouse gases than using other common materials, according to researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. "... more »