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  • Quanex Building Products Corp. said Friday it will close its acquisition of Edgetech I.G. Inc. on or before April 1. Quanex received the applicable government approvals, and as previously announced, the $107 million purchase will be an all-cash transaction, officials report. Edgetech is headquartered in Cambridge, Ohio, and has three manufacturing facilities that produce and market a full line of... more »
  • New York-based Crystal Window Crystal Window & Door Systems is introducing a new corporate logo. The new design, using large solid block font lettering stylized to represent gemstone crystal prisms, will be phased in over the coming months. As the company completed the celebration of its 20th anniversary, Crystal considered a new logo as the perfect symbol of an innovative, modern... more »
  • A return to growth in building and construction activity may come with some unexpected changes in building products sales channels, according to a new report from L.E.K. Consulting.  Based on a survey of more than 500 residential contractors across the United States, the report looks at the steps they took to weather the economic downturn and their strategies for the future. The survey found... more »
  • Jordan, Knauff & Co., the Chicago-based investment banking firm, has made available a free download, including slides and audio, of its recently recorded Winter/Spring 2011 Window & Door Industry Update webinar. Topics covered in the presentation include an analysis of transactions and expansions and the slowing rate of plant closings and bankruptcies. Also covered is the state of the... more »
  • As part of a continuing commitment to protecting the environment, Pilkington North America is becoming an Energy Star Partner with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The company will ensure its float glass manufacturing facilities that produce energy efficient products are operated with concern for the environment, it reports, emphasizing that its strategic, corporate energy management... more »
  • Following the addition of siding in 2009, ProVia has expanded its portfolio of exterior products with the purchase of Heritage Stone, a manufacturer of stone products located in Zanesville, Ohio. Both companies are privately owned and terms of the transaction were undisclosed. Known at one time as Precision Entry and Sugarcreek Windows & Doors, ProVia makes fiberglass and steel entry... more »
  • After nearly 35 years with the company, Jim Quinlivan is retiring Truth Hardware. Quinlivan joined Truth as a salesperson in 1976 and spent his entire career with the Owatonna, Minn.-based company in the sales and marketing area.  He served as sales manager, marketing manager and most recently, channel distribution manager. Over his career, Quinlivan has been active in the industry... more »
  • New York–The long-term prospects for housing are good, "but we're not going to snap back," said John Burns, a home building and real estate consultant, speaking at the Lincoln International 2011 Building and Infrastructure Conference yesterday. Targeted at the investor community, the event featured numerous speakers echoing a view that recovery is coming, but the next year or... more »
  • WTS Paradigm has announced a continued partnership with Pella Corp. The supplier of fenestration software for manufacturers, dealers, and retailers reports it has been working with the window and door manufacturer to optimize CenterPoint, its order-entry system and window and door product configurator, for several years. “WTS Paradigm’s front end configurator and PK (product knowledge... more »
  • Delmac Machinery is being merged into SCM Group North America on April 4. Both suppliers of woodworking equipment are part of the Italy-based SCM Group. By combining the two companies' service networks, product sales specialists and back office support, as well as their collective manufacturing knowledge, "we aim to build the strongest and most diverse machinery manufacturing company in... more »