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  • 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 »
  • The Department of Energy has issued a final draft of its specifications outlining the minimum requirements for manufacturer participation in its Highly Insulating (R-5) Window and Low-e Storm Window Volume Purchase Program. The initiative, in which DOE works to identify and organize a potential buyer base in both the public and private sector, is designed to help commercialize such products. The... more »
  • Multiple products in the window and door, siding, stone veneer and aluminum accessory line offered by Ply Gem have received the NAHB Research Center National Green Building Certification in nine different certification categories, the manufacturer reports.  The products, including several window and door lines, will carry the "Green Approved" mark indicating that they with specific... more »
  • The American Architectural Manufacturers Association is voicing its support for proposed legislation tying energy efficient window tax credits to Energy Star qualifications.  Joining the Window & Door Manufacturers Association, which offered its endorsement of the bill last week, AAMA states that the bill would make it easier for consumers to take advantage of the economic stimulus... more »
  • North Carolina-based Hughes Supply Co., a supplier of window and door components, has signed on Larry Czapla's Systems & Components Group LLC to represent its products in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa,  Ohio and Kentucky. "Hughes Supply is a 38-year-old injection molding company that has been well established in a large number of market areas," says Chris Rogers... more »
  • Following up on a successful event co-hosted by Biesse America and Stiles Machinery, more suppliers  have signed on to participate in the 2010 NexGen Event, a week-long showcase of woodworking equipment scheduled for February.  Targeted at manufacturers of all types of wood products, the event will feature open houses and educational programs at numerous facilities located in the... more »
  • Masonite Corp. is closing its Mohawk Flush Door plant in South Bend, Ind., according to several newspaper reports. The company expects to phase-out production over the next few months, shifting work to other North American facilities. "Despite the dedicated efforts of a talented group of workers, we were forced to make a difficult decision to cease production at this facility," said... more »
  • In an effort to increase its market presence, Crystal Window & Door Systems has initiated steps to integrate its Chicago-based affiliate manufacturer operations into its national operations. The move will add the 80,000-square-foot Chicago factory to Crystal Window's current 340,000-square-foot network of window production and aluminum extrusion facilities. Crystal Chicago began operations in... more »