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  • Reflecting an improvement in demand for its products, Ply Gem Windows has announced plans to add of 200 jobs and make a significant capital investment at its Rocky Mount, Va.-manufacturing facility by the end of 2014.  , “The investment in the Rocky Mount facility will ensure the local community will benefit from our growth initiatives,” said Lynn Morstad, Ply Gem Windows... more »
  • Stanley Black & Decker has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Hardware & Home Improvement Group (HHI) to Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc. for $1.4 billion in cash. The transaction is expected to close by the first quarter 2013. With 2011 revenues of $940 million, HHI is a provider of residential locksets, residential builder’s hardware and plumbing fixtures. The company... more »
  • It was "all hands on deck" recently at Mathews Brothers Co. The window manufacturer recently hosted a record number of visitors in one day as two groups visited its factory in Belfast, Maine.     Mathews Brothers' Kyle Hawthorne reviews some of the complexities involved in producing and shipping radius windows with members of the Maine Maritime Academy’s Loeb-... more »
  • The British developer of Accoya wood technology, Accsys Technologies PLC, has entered into a new joint venture with Ineos to develop wood elements acetylation technology and processes for use in MDF, particle board and wood plastic composites. The new company, Tricoya Technologies Ltd., will develop and exploit a technlogy said to give engineered wood products a level of durability and... more »
  • To keep pace with sales growth, Quality Lineals USA Inc. and its sister company, NorthEast Windows USA Inc., have added 55,000 square feet to its Freeport, N.Y. facility. The expansion was was needed to accommodate five new extrusion lines, officials state. Increased demand in Quality Lineals' extrusion business is coming from the addition of PVC fencing, new window fabricators, and the... more »
  • New York–"Today's housing fundamentals are fantastic," according to John Burns, a California-based real estate consultant. Speaking at the 2012 Building and Infrastructure Conference here, hosted by Lincoln International and LEK Consulting, he pointed to steady job growth and low mortgage interest rates as key factors for steady growth in housing starts over the next several... more »
  • Guardian Industries has reached an agreement in principle for KGIC LLC, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, to purchase a minority stake in the glassmaker, according to an October 3 letter from the Guardian board of directors to employees. Terms of the transaction were not released. Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., the privately held Guardian group of companies employs 18,000 people worldwide... more »
  • The Federal Trade Commission has issued its revised “Green Guides,” designed to help marketers ensure that the claims they make about the environmental attributes of their products are truthful and non-deceptive. First issued in 1992, the guides have been revised three times to take into account changes in the marketplace. “The introduction of environmentally friendly products... more »
  • Alliance Door Products Canada Inc. has purchased the assets of Summit Distributors Inc. and will be taking over Summit's distribution business in Edmonton, Alberta, effective November 5.  Summit will carry on business as usual in the interim period, officials note. "Lynden Door and Alliance Door Products have had a strong relationship with Summit Distributors for many years now and this... more »
  • In conjunction with its Window and Balcony Safety Program, Fenestration Canada is taking on a special project.  It is planning to contribute to the purchase of an electronic stimulation machine designed to help kids that have suffered spinal injuries due to falls, reports Jim Parker, a window and door industry consultant who chairs the safety committee.   The gift stems from an injury... more »