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  • Las Vegas, Nev.—More window and door manufacturers will be gearing up to boost energy efficiency performance numbers, judging by the activity at GlassBuild America, which kicked off yesterday. The event, which continues today and tomorrow, featured relatively busy aisles with organizers reporting more than 6,700 registered attendees after the first day. PPG was highlighting a dual-... more »
  • Friends and colleagues gathered yesterday in Las Vegas at GlassBuild America to honor long-time Window & Door salesman Don Johnson, who is retiring. An industry veteran, Johnson attended his first glass show in 1969. "The first time I saw Don in action was at the interGLASSmetal/Fenestration show in 1991," recalls Nicole Harris, publisher of Window & Door and Glass... more »
  • Soft-Lite LLC, the Ohio-based manufacturer of replacement windows and doors is working with Pilot Fish SEO to increase the search engine visibility of its Web site and enhance performance. The move follows up the recent introduction of a business management system for its dealer network.   Pilot Fish SEO, a division of Polysort LLC, will optimize the Soft-Lite site for to generate more... more »
  • Atrium Cos. Inc. has signed a new lease agreement for a 120,000 square foot manufacturing facility that will be used to extrude vinyl. Located in Greenville, Texas, the new plant is designed to meet the manufacturer's growing vinyl extrusion needs in support of its window and patio door manufacturing growth plans, officials state. “We expect to begin operations in December 2010, and will... more »
  • Ultrafab Inc. founded in Victor, N.Y., in 1970 kicks off a year long celebration of its 40th anniversary  this month. The company got its start manufacturing components for the office products industry. By the 1980’s, it established its ultrasonically welded pile weatherseals as a popular woption for indow and door manufacturers due to ease of insertion and the ability to keep the pile... more »
  • Thermal Line Windows is changing its name to THV Compozit Windows & Doors, which is the name of the company’s top selling, primary product line. With a plant in Mandan, N.D., Thermal Line has been building composite windows since 1989 and were one of the first manufacturers to do so, the company reports. "The THV Compozit Windows & Doors name better represents who we are as a... more »
  • The manufacturer of Alside brand windows and siding, Associated Materials LLC, is being acquired by Hellman & Friedman LLC, a private equity investment firm with offices in San Francisco, New York and London.  Investcorp and Harvest Partners, current owners of Associated Materials, plan to sell the company in a transaction valued at approximately $1.3 billion.  "With its... more »
  • Les Portes Decko Inc. is investing $6 million to purchase a new 70,000 square feet plant in Terrebonne, Que., Canada, as well as new production and assembly equipment. The move comes in response to growing demand for the company's vinyl patio doors, as well as its aluminum/vinyl combination doors. "In order to stay competitive, we have to be very efficient during the assembly of a patio door... more »
  • Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) recently toured Crystal Window & Door Systems' primary production facility in Flushing, N.Y.  During her visit, she viewed the manufacturer's display showroom, its double- and triple-pane insulating glass fabrication operations, and the assembly operations for its energy efficient window models. Senator Gillibrand with Crystal's Thomas Chen.... more »
  • Integrated Automation Systems is introducing an automated and integrated gas filling system that reduces the labor per unit for gas filling by up to 90 percent and krypton loss per fill from 50 percent to essentially zero, according to the company. The first OptiGas unit will be on display at GlassBuild next week in the booth of FeneTech, the developer of Fenevision ERP software for window... more »