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  • CMI has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Illinois Flush Door Co. in Plainfield, Ill. The move expands CMI’s CraftMaster Door Division, which includes door assembly plants in Christiansburg, Va.; Ozark, Ala.; and Garland, Texas. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 1944, Illinois Flush Door manufactures and distributes a full line of interior... more »
  • Looking to gain more financial and operating flexibility, PGT Inc. has announced a special dividend consisting of rights to purchase shares of the window and door manufacturer's common stock with an aggregate value of about $30 million. "We have a long history of successfully outperforming the overall housing market, particularly in down periods where a differentiated product offering and... more »
  • The Glass Association of North America is offering a webinar explaining new certification and labeling requirements imposed by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on its Web site. Available for download or streaming for $4.95, the webinar covers new certification rules applicable to glazing materials installed in hazardous locations, including doors. On February 9, 2009, CPSC postponed... more »
  • For.El, the manufacturer of insulating glass production equipment, has updated its Web site, adding new graphics and content, as well as improved content flow and new services for customers, it reports. Featuring an intuitive interface based on the very latest web technologies, the site is designed to bring together digital contents with downloadable brochures covering various machines, in order... more »
  • A free download, including slides and audio, of Jordan, Knauff & Co.'s Fall/Winter 2009 Window & Door Industry Update webinar, is available from the firm's Web site. Topics covered in the presentation include an analysis of transactions and expansions, and the slowing rate of plant closings and bankruptcies. Also included was a discussion of current industry trends, the state of the... more »
  • FeneTech, the Ohio-based supplier of software for glass and window fabricators, has started a European company,  FeneTech Europe SARL, based in Strassen, Luxemburg. The new location will handle all sales, implementation, support and training services for the company's growing European customer base. "FeneVision has rapidly gained acceptance in Europe as being a modern, innovative... more »
  • Andersen Corp. will not distribute profit-sharing checks to its employees this year, for the first time since the Great Depression, according to a report in Pioneer Press.    The St. Paul, Minn., newspaper reports that officials with the window and door manufacturer told employees last week that while the company did make a profit in 2009, it "did not generate enough profits to... more »
  • In last week's State of the Union, President Barack Obama highlighted Northeast Building Products as an example of how the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act has created jobs. Defending the 2009 stimulus package, Obama said, "Economists on the left and the right say this bill has helped save jobs and avert disaster. But you don't have to take their word for it."  After pointing... more »
  • Propelled forward with a line of tax credit eligible vinyl and wood replacement window products, Vinylmax Windows reports it enjoyed strong growth in 2009, adding more than 100 new jobs at its plant in Hamilton, Ohio.  Looking forward, the company expects to add another 150 workers in 2010. Laura Doerger-Roberts, sales and marketing manager for the company, reports it recently made some... more »
  • "Project ReEnergize," a weatherization program organized by the Builders Association of Minnesota and supported by Andersen Corp., was highlighted as a model for programs in other states at a press conference at last week's International Builders' Show.  As part of its economic stimulus package, the Obama Administration made money available to state agencies for the purpose of... more »