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  • The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance discussed future association activities in vacuum glazing at its annual general meeting held last week in Tempe, Ariz.. The group also heard an update on Environmental Protection Agency plans to issue new, more stringent Energy Star criteria. "[Vacuum glazing] is headed our way, and is already here in some instances," said David Cooper,... more »
  • The Window & Door Dealers Alliance has named Feldco Windows, Siding and Doors its member of the month for February 2012. The Des Plaines, Ill.-based company is a charter member of the organization. “It’s an honor to be chosen as the second WDDA member of the month,” says Doug Cook, Feldco president. “In the past, organizations were significantly less encumbered by... more »
  • For nearly a decade, Royal Building Products has been working to expand the sustainable nature of vinyl building products by partnering with outside fabricators, building contractors and other organizations to ensure that their scrap and unused inventory is recycled rather than sent to a landfill.  Company officials report significant progress has been made with its "take-back"... more »
  • Regency Window Co., based in Twinsburg, Ohio, unexpectedly discontinued operations about two weeks ago, leaving some customers wondering  about deposits and warranty issues. A company attorney has told a local newspaper that the dealer hopes to reopen soon under new ownership.   "We apologize for the inconvenience and confusion of the past few days," stated a January... more »
  • Brett Boyum, a 15-year veteran at Marvin Windows & Doors, has been promoted to vice president of marketing.  Most recently, he served as director of marketing for both Marvin and its sister brand, Integrity Windows & Doors.  He succeeds Tom Angelis, who is retiring. Boyum has achieved a record of success during the most tumultuous time in history for the U.S. housing industry,... more »
  • The National Fenestration Rating Council has developed a program designed to help window and door retailers educate consumers, and is now offering free fact sheets that can be used to explain energy efficiency performance numbers.  “NFRC was inspired to start the retailer program when the organization began noticing an increase in the number of calls from consumers inquiring about how... more »
  • Atrium Cos., the owner of Houston-based Champion Window, has agreed to adhere to revised immigration compliance programs and to pay $2 million as forfeited funds to the Department of Homeland Security, according to the office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson, along with Robert Rutt, an ICE special agent in Houston, also note that the government has agreed not... more »
  • Eastman Chemical Co. and Solutia Inc. have entered into a definitive agreement under which Eastman will acquire Solutia. The transaction, expected to close in mid-2012, is valued at about $4.7 billion. “The acquisition of Solutia is a significant step in our growth strategy and one that I am confident will strengthen Eastman as a top-tier specialty chemical company with strong, stable... more »
  • Using a new technology said to fuse a long-lasting and realistic interior wood appearance to vinyl, the new TimberBond line of replacement windows has been launched by Champion Window. Available in light oak, dark oak or cherry, the option enables homeowners to get the look of wood with the benefits of the manufacturer's vinyl windows.   One of Champion's new woodgrain finishes... more »
  • The Environmental Protection Agency is looking to update the guiding principles documents of the overall Energy Star program.  A letter went out to stakeholder yesterday seeking input. "Over the past two years, significant and rapid changes to the Energy Star products program have been implemented," explains Ann Bailey, director of product labeling for the program. "Last... more »