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  • Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co. Inc. is laying off 334 of its production and office employees as a result of the continuing decline in the residential and light commercial construction industry, officials report. Most of the affected employees work at the company’s Wausau, Wis., facility. “The company anticipates the lay-off to be a temporary measure, intending to call back as many of... more »
  • Masonite Inc., the manufacturer of interior and exterior doors, has acquired the assets of 7 Tech, an Israeli-based steel security and safety door business. Masonite’s Israeli subsidiaries Etz Karmiel Ltd. and Open Gallery Ltd. will add the 7 Tech steel security and safety doors, which feature attractive modern and European styling, to expand options for Masonite customers in Israel, the... more »
  • The National Fenestration Rating Council is hosting two webinars to update the industry on its  Component Modeling Approach (CMA) program for rating the energy performance of nonresidential products. Currently in its pilot phase, the CMA program is expected to be implemented in January 2010. The free "CMA Pilot Project Update" webinars are scheduled for: Wednesday, November 11,... more »
  • The RiteScreen Co.'s Elizabethville, Pa., location has received a prestigious Governor’s Award for Safety Excellence for 2009. Selection for the highly competitive award was based on the facility's comprehensive safety programs with plans for continued improvement, teamwork, innovation and strategic development of safety policies, along with comprehensive accident and illness prevention... more »
  • The Association of Millwork Distributors' side-hinged exterior door (SHED) standard received approval at the first round of International Code Council hearings which ended last week in Baltimore.  The AMD document is under development as an alternative for structural testing of swinging doors, allowing testing and rating of individual components to provide an overall design pressure rating... more »
  • Congress passed legislation today that will extend and expand the $8,000 first-time home buyer tax credit. The bill is expected to be signed into law by President Obama on Friday. The vote is attracting praise from the National Association of Home Builders, the Window & Door Manufacturers Association and many other groups that see the new legislation providing a much-needed boost to the... more »
  • Milgard Windows & Doors has received the 2009 Energy Saver award presented by the U.S. Department of Energy for efficiency improvements and energy savings at its Tacoma, Wash., vinyl extrusion plant. Awarded to only 95 organizations this year, the award is part of the Save Energy Now program that honors companies that have achieved more than 7.5 percent total energy savings compared to the... more »
  • A new national survey suggests Americans may once again prefer aesthetics over energy efficiency when it comes to home improvements. The fifth annual Energy Pulse survey conducted by Shelton Group found that consumers are reverting to their old priorities as the recession wanes–perhaps at the expense of the environment. “Energy efficiency is back to playing second fiddle, competing... more »
  • BlackEagle Partners LLC, a private equity firm focused on turnarounds and special situations, and Building Industry Partners LLC, a private equity firm focused on the U.S. building products industry, have joined with L.T. Gibson to form US LBM Holdings LLC to acquire three regional operations from Stock Building Supply LLC.  The new firm is buying pro dealer operations serving Wisconsin,... more »
  • VKR Holding A/S has purchased the Western Canadian operations of the Gienow Group from Sankaty Advisors LLC. Denmark-based VKR Holding is the parent company of Velux, the manufacturer of skylights with operations in the U.S. and throughout the world. VKR is acquiring the Gienow, Award and AWD business units, which employ about 650 people and operate three window and door manufacturing facilities... more »