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  • "Virtualization" was a hot topic at the eighth annual FeneVision User Conference, being held in downtown Cleveland this week. Gathering nearly 100 people from 32 window and door manufacturers and glass fabrication companies, as well as a dozen industry vendors, the event, hosted by FeneTech Inc., featured a speaker who detailed the concept, which means separation of computer systems and... more »
  • The Iron Door Co. LLC has partnered with Henrietta Spencer-Churchill of Spencer-Churchill Designs  to develop a new line of historically inspired iron doors.  Sold under the Castle Entries brand, the doors are priced to compete with wood entry doors. Spencer-Churchill is the daughter of the 11th Duke of Marlborough, whose family home is Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. She has been... more »
  • Velux parent, VKR Holding of Denmark, is acquiring Loewen, the custom wood window and door maker based in Steinbach, Man., Canada. The move is VKR's second major expansion into the North American market, as it acquired Western Canada's Gienow Group last fall. “We already own several vertical window companies, and now we extend these activities in Canada and the USA, where the... more »
  • Custom Glass Products of Carolina Inc., the manufacturer of Decralite grids, reports it has successfully concluded a patent litigation case against Infini-Lite LLC. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia has permanently enjoined any further infringement of Decralite patents and the Decralite trademark, according to Custom Glass. Based in Salisbury, N.C., Custom Glass also... more »
  • Kevin O'Meara, currently chairman of Atrium Cos. Inc. and an operating partner at Golden Gate Capital, Atrium's majority shareholder, is assuming the chief executive officer position.  He succeeds Gregory T. Faherty, current Atrium president and CEO, who is retiring.  Prior to joining Golden Gate, O'Meara was president and COO of Builders FirstSource Inc., the  distributor and... more »
  • Santelli Tempered Glass Inc., a Pennsylvania-based supplier to residential window manufacturers, plans to open a new tempering facility in Elkhart, Ind.  The company plans to invest more than $3.7 million to lease and equip a 32,500 square-foot facility, according to officials with the Indiana Economic Development Corp. "Elkhart is perfectly situated between major glass areas of Toledo... more »
  • Alcoa plans to purchase Traco, the Cranberry, Pa.-based manufacturer of commercial windows and doors.  Traco will become part of Alcoa's global Building and Construction Systems business, which also includes Kawneer, the manufacturer of architectural aluminum windows, curtain wall and storefront products and entrance systems. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. "Traco's strong brand... more »
  • As part of a green initiative, the Amesbury Group recently installed a blower-powered air wipe system to dry extruded plastic at its Statesville, N.C., textile facility.  The compressed air reduction project is expected to yield  $41,000 annual electricity cost savings in the extrusion department at the plant, with the industry supplier planning to bring in similar equipment at its... more »
  • Marvin Windows & Doors has discontinued its wood entry door product line, company officials report.  The decision also impacts its interior wood door line, introduced earlier this year at the International Builders' Show.  The Warroad, Minn., company entered the entry door business in 2005 with the the acquisition of Heritage Door, a high-end wood manufacturer with a 65,... more »
  • "Warning: Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear." Many window and door manufacturers arealready looking at the EPA Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rules addressing lead and necessary precautions for the work in their rearview mirror. Through the efforts of many, however, enforcement of the regulations was pushed back until October of this year. Before we get too far away from... more »