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  • SmartSync technology, being launched this week by Pella Windows & Doors at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, will integrate with Iris, the cloud-based home management system introduced last week by Lowe’s, the manufacturer reports. The two companies are rolling out their smart home products later this year.     SmartSync technology can help increase a home... more »
  • Ducana Windows & Doors, a vinyl window manufacturer based in Tilbury, Ontario, filed for bankruptcy last Friday, January 6, according to an article in a local newspaper.  The Chatham Daily News reported earlier in the week that the company had closed its doors and ceased operations with the start of the new year.  Employees were notified via email on December 31 with little... more »
  • At the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, Pella Windows & Doors is introducing SmartSync.  The new technology offers an integrated system that allows shades or blinds to be controlled simply by a remote control or by a home or building automation system through Web-enabled devices like computers and most smart phones. The new Pella offering, to be rolled out... more »
  • The U.S. Department of Energy is organizing an interactive planning session for optimizing the progress of its High Performance Windows Volume Purchase Program. The focus of the webinar session, scheduled for February 2 at 2 p.m. EST, is to discuss future strategies for the program, organizers note. Primary goals to be addressed include increasing the market share of high-performance windows... more »
  • The National Fenestration Rating Council has revised its annual meeting cycle to include two meetings rather than three. This change will take effect during 2012. This new cycle is a result of direct requests from many stakeholders who stated they didn’t have enough time to meet and invest the work needed  to move the NFRC’s important programs forward, explainsCheryl Gendron,... more »
  • Home improvement retailer Lowe's is entering the emerging smart home market, with the launch of Iris set for the middle of this year.  Therma-Tru Doors is one of its initial partners, with plans to develop and incorporate a monitoring system for homeowners that can be used in conjunction with Benchmark by Therma-Tru entry doors sold at Lowe's. Said to be an affordable, cloud-based home... more »
  • Expo 2012, hosted by Stiles Machinery at its facilities in High Point, N.C., is a two-day event designed to showcase the supplier's entire range of equipment technologies for finishing, sanding and solid wood applications. Scheduled for January 25 and 26, the event will feature a range of demonstrations and educational presentations covering processes from raw lumber to finished moulding, the... more »
  • ABE Doors & Windows, a dealer based in Allentown, Pa., has been named the first member of the month by the Window & Door Dealers Alliance. The new program highlights the WDDA's members, recognizing their contributions to the organization and the industry as a whole. “It’s a special honor to be chosen WDDA member of the month,” says Jim Lett Sr., ABE president.... more »
  • Superseal Windows & Doors has started to convert its South Plainfield, N.J., manufacturing facility into a distribution and service center. The move, which began on January 3, is part of a plan to centralize its manufacturing capability in its facility in Merrill, Wis., near Superseal’s parent company Hurd Windows & Doors. “While New Jersey will continue to be home to... more »
  • A new Ratings & Reviews feature has been added to website of ODL Inc., the manufacturer of decorative and clear doorlites and entry treatments. Using the site, consumers and industry customers can rate and review ODL’s products directly on its website, after which they will be automatically entered to win sweepstakes prizes. “ODL’s industry expertise is based on market... more »