Latest News

  • More than 400 full-time and seasonal employees laid off since 2008 have been asked to rejoin  Simonton Windows at its manufacturing locations in West Virginia and Illinois. Given the current high unemployment rate, that news is attracting the attention of elected officials, who are pointing to the window maker's success as a sign of the effectiveness of the American Recovery and Reinvestment... more »
  • Sapa, which says it is the largest aluminum profile producer in the world, has completed its previously announced purchase of the aluminum extrusion operations of Indalex. Indalex had filed for Chapter 11 in Mach. Both Sapa and Indalex are involved in supply aluminum extrusions to the fenestration market.  As a part of the purchase, Sapa has added Indalex’s 11 active plants, six in the... more »
  • Storm door maker Larson Manufacturing is diversifying, acquiring a manufacturer of modular homes, according to a July 27 article in the Brookings (S. Dak.) Register. The paper reports that Larson purchased Superior Homes, a Watertown., S. Dak.-based company that supplies factory-built homes and structures via independent dealers in an eight-state region and in three Canadian provinces. In a press... more »
  • According to several Simonton Windows dealers, the tax credit homeowners receive when purchasing qualifying energy-efficient windows has indeed helped improve their business during the first half of 2009, the vinyl window maker reports. “Right now we believe about 10 jobs a month are being sold to homeowners specifically because of the tax credit offering, and we expect that number to... more »
  • Premier Industrial Supply, the Arizona supplier of the XtraBond, XtraFoam, and XtraFlash line of window products, is expanding its nationwide presence with the grand opening of new facility in Canton, Ohio. The 10,000-square-foot operation will supply and support the continuous growth of its East Coast customer base, while allowing the Phoenix, Ariz., facility to focus on West Coast customers,... more »
  • VT Industries has announced that production of stile-and-rail doors will be relocated to its Ideal Door Division located in New Albany, Ind., according to a report in the Cherokee (Iowa) Chronicle Times. Based in Holstein, Iowa, VT manufactures architectural doors and laminate countertops, operating more than 1 million square feet of factory space and employing more than 1,000 people around the U... more »
  • A building at Andersen Corp.'s manufacturing facility in Bayport, Minn., was evacuated this morning due to a bomb threat, according to local news reports.  Workers were cleared to return around noon after a police search found nothing suspiscious.  The Pioneer Press reports that the evacuation was triggered early in the morning, when an employee found a note saying there would be an... more »
  • ASTM International has issued a new standard designed to provide a method for evaluating gas concentration inside IG units without destroying or altering the edge seal. The new standard, ASTM E2649, Test Method for Determining Argon Concentration in Sealed Insulating Glass Units Using Spark Emission Spectroscopy, was developed by E06.22 subcommittee on Durability Performance of Building... more »
  • Serious Materials has added the SeriousWindows WAP Series, a new affordable high-performance line targeted specifically for low-income housing projects eligible for funding by Weatherization Assistance Program agencies and states. Not only are more funds available for such projects under the stimulus package, new audit tools used in such programs more effectively assess the impact of energy... more »
  • Several leading window and door industry suppliers have announced plans to expand their presence at GlassBuild America, according to organizers. Describing the increased activity as "a sign that the recession is easing and companies are looking ahead to growth in 2010," National Glass Association officials report that a number of companies have increased the size of their displays while... more »