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  • Pennsylvania-based Traco plans to close a 10-year-old commercial window plant in Johnson City, Tenn.  "We are consolidating our products into our million-square-foot Cranberry Township (Pa.) headquarters and manufacturing facility," says Denise Abraham, manager of marketing communications. "Our strategy is to remain focussed on our energy line of NexGen aluminum... more »
  • In back-to-back acquisitions, Friedman Corp. has added Windflite Computer Systems Inc. and PMC Software Inc. to expand its software portfolio. Windflite is the provider of Winsys software systems for small to mid-sized window and door makers. PMC offers a variety of specialized software systems for fenestration and flat glass processors.  Friedman plans to position offer both product lines... more »
  • Suppliers of window and door equipment and components are starting to make their way to Atlanta to prepare their exhibits at GlassBuild America, which opens next week. The event, scheduled for September 30 through October 1 at the Georgia World Congress Center, will feature more than 400 exhibitors in more than 1,200 booths, reports Denise Sheehan, vice president of events for the National Glass... more »
  • Serious Materials, the California-based manufacturer of energy efficient windows, says it has received an additional $60 million in investor financing. The funding is coming from Mesirow Financial, a Chicago-based financial services firm that leads a group of new investors that also includes Enertech Capital, Cheyenne, and Saints Capital. Previous investors including New Enterprise Associates,... more »
  • Reporting growing sales in 2009, Vinylmax LLC says it will invest more than $1.5 million in manufacturing equipment to provide additional capacity to meet its forecast goals for 2010. The company, which moved into a new facility in Hamilton, Ohio, at the end of 2007 attributes its recent success to strategic planning, sound financial management, and the window tax credits in the American Recovery... more »
  • Secretary of Energy Steven Chu headlined a White House Clean Energy Economy Forum held yesterday at Accu-Weld, the window and door manufacturer based Bensalem, Pa. "The opportunities are staggering," he said, discussing the potential for energy savings available in homes and buildings, adding that steps to increase energy efficiency represent "the low-hanging fruit" in... more »
  • Thermal Line Windows, based in Mandan, N.Dak., is planning to expand.  The company will add at least 20 workers at its plant, according to a report in the Bismark Tribune. With some financial aid from its home town, Thermal Windows plans to redesign its factory floor to accommodate another assembly line and build an addition to the plant over the next three to five years. The company is also... more »
  • North Carolina-based A&H Window Co. is ceasing operations in November, according to a statement released on September 14 by parent company, ECMD Inc. The company attributes the decision to "the dramatic decline in new home construction" and resulting reduced demand for premium windows and doors. A&H, which shares part of a 144,000-square-foot plant in North Wilkesboro with... more »
  • Simonton Windows and Vista Window Co. have launched a new strategic alliance–Vista Window Co.,  Western Division. The new entity will sell Vista branded products to specialty window retailers located between the Rocky Mountains and the Mississippi River. Simonton, based in Parkersburg, W. Va., operates several vinyl window plants throughout the country.  It will handle logistics... more »
  • Jeld-Wen Inc. is closing its vinyl window and patio door plant in Corsicana, Texas, according to a report in the Corsicana Daily Sun.  Operations at the facility are expected to end September 25, with about 90 workers losing their jobs. “The biggest factor in this closure is a reduced demand for windows in both the new construction and remodeling markets,” Rick Hetherington,... more »