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  •   An article in the Pioneer Press reports that Andersen Corp. is planning to cut 250 jobs by the end of December. Employees were told about the layoffs on Monday and Tuesday, according to the newspaper.  While the cuts will be nationwide, the majority will be at Andersen's headquarters and main production facility in Bayport, Minn. In production, where the majority of cuts will be... more »
  • Quanex Building Products Corp. is consolidating and restructuring its insulating glass spacer business. With warm-edge spacer production currently at the one-time Edgetech I.G. facility in Cambridge, Ohio, and Truseal Technologies' plant Barbourville, Ky., the company plans to close the Kentucky facility and relocate equipment to the Ohio operation. "Quanex Building Products remains... more »
  • The Environmental Protection Agency has improved and updated its search tool, allowing the public to search for firms certifed under the lead renovation, repair and painting rules. Users can search by company name, as well as by location. "EPA-certified firms should encourage their potential customers to use this search tool to check the certification status of firms they are considering... more »
  • FeneTech, Inc., the developers of the FeneVision ERP system used by numerous window and door manufacturers, has updated its website, www.fenetech.com, with a modern look and feel. Intended for both current and future customers, the site provides information on FeneVision software, the supplier's engineering services and industry events. The website supports multiple languages for FeneTech’s... more »
  • The Industrial Technology Research Institute, said to be Taiwan’s largest high-tech research and development institution, is looking to commercialize Spray-IT, a  thermal spray coating for use on glass and other building materials to lower energy costs. The technology is being recognized with a 2011 Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award.   ITRI says its spray... more »
  • Masonite Corp. has acquired Birchwood Best, said to be one of North America’s largest producers of commercial/architectural wood flush door skins, as well as a significant producer of hardwood plywood. Birchwood's operations were founded in 1904 in Birchwood, Wis. "The acquisition of Birchwood enhances our position as a leader in the manufacturing and distribution of components for... more »
  • Serious Energy Inc., parent of Serious Windows, is joining with Grubb & Ellis Co., a real estate services and investment firm, to identify opportunities with occupiers and owners across the United States interested in making energy efficiency upgrades to their buildings. Based in Sunnyvale, Calif., Serious Energy has formally launched SeriousCapital to offer a service that cuts energy... more »
  • Royal Group has changed its name to Royal Building Products and launched a new logo and branding initiative. With the campaign, the supplier of vinyl window and door profiles, as well as numerous other building products, is shifting its emphasis from manufacturing to a focus on what Royal’s products do to transform neighborhoods.   “This is more than the launch of a new... more »
  • Maximizing the value of each window opening and new innovative sales tools are the subject of two seminars being offered by Royal Building Products in conjunction with Win-Door North America, scheduled for November 15-17 in Toronto. The presentation on maximizing each sale will discuss interior options such as shades and shutters, window trim and paint and stain offerings.  The second... more »
  • The number of OSHA recordable accidents is significantly lower at Gorell Windows & Doors over the past year—down from 42 recordable accidents in 2010 to just 17 so far this year. This improved safety record (a 7.9 OSHA Incident Rating) has resulted in much less lost work time due to accidents, the manufacturer notes. “Awareness and communication—that’s the ‘magic... more »