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  • With the new federal lead paint laws going into effect, many window and door dealers are stepping up efforts to educate the public about the dangers of lead paint dust, the requirements of the law, and their readiness to comply.  Two such companies, Window World Inc. and Feldco Factory Direct, sent out press releases last week, highlighting the fact that they lead-certified and that... more »
  • The Earthwise Group, an alliance of regional window manufacturers from around the country, has added three new members.  With the addition of Showcase Windows in Houston, Texas; Sprouse Windows in New Martinsville, W. Va.; and Winstrom Windows in Toluca, Ill., the group now has 14 fabricators in 13 states. The vinyl window manufacturers in the Earthwise Group meet three times per year... more »
  • In addition to eliminating the opt-out provision, the Environmental Protection Agency has changed the record-keeping requirements associated with its new lead paint rule, according to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. NARI sent out an alert today noting that companies doing work covered under the Remodeling, Repair and Painting Rule must give copies of their records within 30... more »
  • AquaSurTech OEM is planning a second quarter launch of its window and door coatings line in the European market. The Montreal-based supplier has a UK-based production facility and is establishing a Belgian tinting facility, it reports. Additionally, the company recently added Andrew Rayner, formerly president of RoyalBond Co., at its Toronto offices. He brings extensive European experience to the... more »
  • With the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule going into effect yesterday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officially announced the elimination of the "opt-out" provision today.  It also announced plans to add "dust wipe" testing requirements and its "intention to regulate renovations on the exteriors of public and commercial buildings." According... more »
  • Schilling Lumber of Saint John, Ind., has completed its purchase of Edward Hines Lumber Co.’s former Mokena, Ill., facilities.  The acquisition allows Schilling to better service its already strong and growing customer base in Chicago’s south and west suburbs, officials report. Founded in 1945, Schilling is a family-owned and -operated company with two lumber yards and one... more »
  • Due to a significant increase in the demand for color exteriors in the past five years, Soft-Lite LLC has installed three new paint booths to expand capacity for its SureCoat exterior colored windows.  “The increase in our painting capacity gives us a competitive edge by shortening lead times, resulting in improved service to our customers,” says Greg Irving, VP of sales and... more »
  • Vice President Joe Biden marked the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with the announcement of the selection of 25 communities for up to $452 million in Recovery Act funding to “ramp-up” energy efficiency building retrofits. As part of a Department of Energy initiative, governments, private sector companies and non-profit organizations will work together on a variety of programs for... more »
  • The InstallationMasters program has reached a milestone, registering its 10,000th participant in January. Initially developed by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, the program trains and certifies residential window installers as a means to ensure intended product performance in the field. “We are enthused about reaching this 10,000-trainee milestone,” says Ben... more »
  • Sun Windows Inc. is implementing in-house powder coating at its plant in Owensboro, Ky. The new system will allow the window and door manufacturer to greatly improve the quality and time required for all custom exterior colors orders, while also allowing Sun to significantly expand its exterior cladding color options. Sun has partnered with AkzoNobel, manufacturer of Interpon powder coatings... more »