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  • Architectural Testing Inc. has purchased HTL, based in Riviera Beach, Fla. Offering a range of testing and certification services to the fenestration and building product industries, ATI is now comprised of approximately 300 professionals and over 20 state-of-the-art testing facilities and regional offices, officials report. In addition to its Florida location, HTL operated facilities in Georgia... more »
  • Laminated glass interlayer and specialty film producer, Solutia Inc., is acquiring Southwall Technologies Inc., the manufacturer of a Heat Mirror film used in insulating glass and a variety of window film products. The transaction is valued at approximately $113 million. "This acquisition positions Solutia as the world leader in advanced sputtering technology, combining the industry's... more »
  • The Envirosealed Windows marketing program developed by Truseal Technologies for its customers is expanding. Quanex Building Products is now launching the Envirosealed Windows & Doors for manufacturers that incorporate one or more of its high-performance components, including Duralite, Super Spacer, EnergyCore, MikronWood and Imperial Products. The Envirosealed Windows & Doors marketing... more »
  • A new U.S. Forest Service study indicated that wood should factor as a primary building material in green building, according to a recent announcement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. A review of the science suggests that using wood in building products yields fewer greenhouse gases than using other common materials, according to researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. "... more »
  • Vinylmax Windows, the Ohio-based manufacturer of wood and vinyl replacement windows, has gone one full year–more than 300,000 man hours– without a lost work time accident, officials report. The company recently celebrated by giving out T-shirts sporting Vinylmax’s safety slogan: "No Safety, Know Pain. Know Safety, No Pain." The milestone shatters the firm’s... more »
  • With a commitment to “reinvent the roof” for the 21st century, the Dow Chemical Co. is bringing its Powerhouse Solar Shingle to U.S. markets this month, starting in Colorado and rolling into targeted states through 2012. The new product is said to combine the performance and protection of a conventional asphalt roof with an integrated photovoltaic system that powers the home. “... more »
  • Following up on a visit from Missouri Governor Jay Nixon earlier this week, Quaker Window Products has provided more detail on its previously-announced expansion plans.  With an estimated cost of about $11 million, the projects will be spread out over a five-year period. Phase one of the plan includes replacing Quaker’s current paint area with a state-of-the-art paint facility housed... more »
  • The Window & Door Dealers Alliance plans to gather support at the Remodeling Show this week for the renewal and increase of tax incentives for purchasers of energy efficient home improvement products. Exhibiting at the event in Chicago, WDDA will be collecting signatures on a petition to be sent to Congressional leaders and the White House urging the expansion of the 25C tax credits... more »
  • Fortune Brands Home & Security, parent company of Simonton Windows and Therma Tru Doors, began its first full day as an independent  home and security products company yesterday following its spin-off from Fortune Brands on Monday, October 3. The new company’s stock  started trading yesterday on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FBHS.” “This is an... more »
  • Several months ago, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association joined forces with the Glass Association of North America, Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance and Window and Door Manufacturers Association to collectively address life cycle assessment of fenestration products. During the AAMA fall conference last week, Rich Walker, executive director, provided an update on the... more »