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  • Susan Marvin, president of Marvin Windows & Doors, was presented with the 2011 Distinguished Minnesotan Award by Bemidji State University at its commencement ceremonies last week. Her father, the late William S. Marvin, received the honor in 1990. First presented in 1981, the award acknowledges the contributions of current or former residents of the state who have performed exemplary service... more »
  • The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration has recognized ProVia Door's glass fabrication facility as a Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star.  Located in Baltic, Ohio, it is the third ProVia plant to earn the OSHA safety award, and the first of 917 companies in its category to be awarded VPP status, according to the company.  "In my 21 years with OSHA, I have worked... more »
  • Ply Gem Windows welcomed Congressman Robert Hurt of Virginia’s 5th District to its facilities in Rocky Mount, Va., on April 29. Rep. Hurt toured the company’s manufacturing and extrusion operations to learn more about the production of highly insulating windows. The Virginia window manufacturing plant has been a fixture of the Franklin County community for more than 70 years, company... more »
  • Therma-Tru Doors, Simonton Windows and Fypon, with 2010 revenues of $601 million, will form the Advanced Material Window & Door Systems unit of the proposed Fortune Brands Home & Security business, according to a recent Securities & Exchange Commission filing. Fortune Brands Inc. submitted an initial Form 10 Registration Statement for the Home & Security business... more »
  • Haddon Windows & Doors installed a “cool roof” on its 110,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Bensalem, Pa., last year as part of its commitment to providing energy efficient products to homeowners and also to green practices in its manufacturing facility. The company now reports the investment, which replaces the common dark or tar-based roofing with a light-reflective,... more »
  • Onex Corp., a Toronto-based private equity firm, is investing $675 million to acquire a significant minority interest in Jeld-Wen Holding Inc. The Klamath Falls, Ore.-based manufacturer will continue to be majority-owned by the Trust of Mr. Richard Wendt, members of the Wendt family, Jeld-Wen employees and other existing shareholders, it is reported. With reported 2010 revenue of more than $3... more »
  • A growing number of window manufacturers have fallen prey to lawsuits which include allegations that an individual homeowner claim is being brought on behalf of a much larger “class” of consumers. Even the risk of certification allowing a case to proceed as a class action can create a very serious situation. The tools for managing this risk have been elusive. However, the United... more »
  • Acme Tools, a distributor and retailer of tools and equipment, is expanding to offer industrial woodworking machinery and tooling products to customers in the Upper Midwest. Products from more than 60 major manufacturers are being added to support the production needs of window and door manufacturers, cabinet makers and furniture producers, the company reports. With the addition, the Grand Forks... more »
  • One-time manufacturer of Milestone Windows, Florida Extruders International Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida last week. In court papers, the company said it plans to submit a plan to sell off substantially all its assets to the highest bidder. Based in Sanford, Fla., FEI started in 1989 as a vertically-integrated... more »
  • The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has accepted Gorell Windows & Doors into its "Save Energy Now Leader” program. As a participant, the Pennsylvania-based vinyl replacement window manufacturer has pledged to reduce its energy intensity—and associated carbon emissions—by at least 25 percent over the next 10 years.... more »