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  • Soft-Lite LLC is offering GuildQuality Customer Satisfaction Surveying as a benefit for its dealers to help them improve service and grow sales. The service provides survey responses that are updated regularly to give dealers an up-to-the-minute snapshot of how customers see them, the company explains. "We are once again providing an innovative platform to help our dealers get even better at... more »
  • Oregon-based Empire Pacific Windows is merging with Cascade Windows, the vinyl window and door manufacturer based in Spokane, Wash. The merger follows up on Cascade's 2009 acquisition of LbL Windows in Troutdale, Ore., expanding its reach in the Western United States. “I feel Empire Pacific Windows is a strong fit for Cascade because both firms share a true dedication to their products and... more »
  • Winkhaus, the hardware manufacturer based in Germany, has named Functional Fenestration Inc. to be its exclusive North American source for select  products. Based in Hawthorne, Calif., FFI distributes architectural hardware for doors, windows and skylights, serving manufacturers and dealers. “A strategic partnership between FFI and Winkhaus ties into our commitment to... more »
  • K.C. Co., a Beltsville, Md., based dealer and distributor for Pella Windows & Doors, is celebrating its 80th year serving homeowners, builders, commercial general contractors, remodeling contractors and architects in the Mid-Atlantic area. Since James A. Cassidy started the business in 1931, offering just a few lines of commercial products, the organization has built a reputation for... more »
  • Speaking at Pennsylvania State University today, President Obama announced the Better Buildings Initiative, a new program designed to make commercial buildings 20 percent more energy efficient over the next decade.  The President also stressed his continued commitment to passing HomeStar legislation to encourage residential energy saving upgrades.  According to the White House, the... more »
  • In 2011, Simonton Windows is marking its 65th anniversary, and according to Mark Savan, president, the Parkersburg, W.Va.-based vinyl window manufacturer will be emphasizing its capabilities to meet homeowner needs for aesthetically-pleasing windows that also offer high levels of energy efficiency. “The advances in technology over the past 65 years have dramatically increased the... more »
  • The Environmental Protection Agency has published an information collection request for the costs and burdens to firms engaged in activities affected by the agency's Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting regulations, reports the Window & Door Dealers Alliance.  Comments must be received on or before March 28, 2011, and can be made electronically through www.regulations.gov. ... more »
  • Intek Plastics Inc. reports it has reduced its energy consumption by 17 percent in the first year of its Joint Energy Efficiency Plan, a four-year effort developed in cooperation with Xcel Energy. Intek’s goal is a 25 percent reduction, or 1.5 million kilowatt hours, by 2014. With its efforts in 2010 alone, the extruder of custom plastic products, including window and door components, has... more »
  • On Monday, two long-time competitors in flexible, warm-edge spacer technologies were brought under one roof as Quanex Building Products Corp. announced the acquisition of Edgetech I.G. Inc. The deal still must be approved by the government, executives note, but they are already eying growth opportunities for the combined operations, which will bring together Edgetech with Quanex's Truseal... more »
  • Grand Mark Solutions, a new affiliate of HighMark Digital Inc., has been started to establish a dealer network to offer entry and interior door replacement services. The program combines Highmark's technology for electronically measuring exising door openings with marketing and an infrastructure that enables dealers to efficiently meet homeowner needs, executives state. “We have the proven... more »