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  • Masonite International Corp. has acquired Baillargeon Doors Inc., a manufacturer of wood flush doors for architectural applications headquartered in St. Ephrem, Quebec, Canada. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 1985, Baillargeon employs approximately 120 people at a single facility. The company’s 2011 revenues were approximatley $20 million. "The acquisition of... more »
  • Following a two-hour stakeholder strategy session in February, the Department of Energy is making a number of changes in its High Performance Windows Volume Purchase Program.  Changes were announced recently in the DOE Building Envelope and Windows R&D Program Blog. Among the changes is a new requirement for participating vendors to report total R-5 sales from all sources. ... more »
  • U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer recently visited and toured Crystal Window & Door Systems’ 205,000-square-foot production facility in Queens, N.Y. He met with employees and senior management to learn more about the company, as well as to discuss a number of important industry issues, including federal energy efficiency tax credits, lead paint regulations and affordable housing construction,... more »
  • The European Commission has fined nine European producers of window hardware a total of €86 million (about $114 million) for operating a cartel by which they agreed on common price increases in breach of EU antitrust rules. The collusion lasted from November 1999 to July 2007 and affected European buyers of windows throughout Europe, according to the commission. The companies named are Roto... more »
  • Nearly seven out of 10 home improvement shoppers say they are not brand loyal when it comes to buying big-ticket items, according to The Complex Shopper, a study conducted by The Integer Group and Decision Analyst. The research also found that about 70 percent of window/door shoppers did not have any prior experience with the brand or company they ultimately picked when buying. “... more »
  • ProVia Door Inc. is adding a new 108,000-square-foot facility adjacent to its headquarters in Sugarcreek, Ohio.  The building, expected to be completed this fall, will house residential entry door manufacturing and distribution. The door and window manufacturer is also planning to add about 75 jobs over the next several years. With pledges to add new jobs, ProVia received a variety of state... more »
  • Power and phone lines at the Truseal Technologies plant damaged by severe weather on Friday, March 16, have been restored and Quanex Building Products has resumed shipping finished goods. Company officials also report that customers should see no interruption in service. “With a strong inventory build of Truseal spacer products in Barbourville (Ky.) and in warehouses, we will continue to... more »
  • In her Code Arena column from the March/April issue of Window & Door, Julie Ruth, code consultant for the American Architectural Manufacturers Assocation reported that states were slow to adopt some of the 2012 International Codes, in part due to resistance by the National Association of Home Builders.  She now suggests there have been some recent developments that may improve the... more »
  • Pennsylvania-based Sylvin Technologies Inc. has commissioned a twin screw compounding line in response to repeated customer requests for rigid PVC compounds. The twin screw compounding line has enabled the supplier to develop a new line of rigid PVC compounds for profile extrusions, including grades suitable for window profiles, officials report. Founded in 1978, Sylvin provides vinyl compounds... more »
  • The Window & Door Manufacturers Association has issued a call for papers for its 14th Technical Conference, scheduled for June 26-28 at the Hotel Sofitel Minneapolis in Bloomington, Minn. The event features two and a half days of informative technical sessions, as well as table-top exhibits, networking sessions and an off-site tour of a manufacturing facility. WDMA is currently... more »