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  • Hinge manufacturer Simonswerk is continuing its international expansion by establishing a new subsidiary in Whitewater, Wis. The 120-year-old German company produces heavy-duty, high-performance and premium adjustable hinges and has produced hinge systems, serving more than 60 international markets with representation in 19 countries, the company reports.   Hinge production at... more »
  • Allied Building Products Corp., a division of Oldcastle Inc., has acquired Astro Building Supplies Inc., a privately held wholesale building materials supplier based in Taylor, Mich. A two branch distributor of roofing, siding and windows, Astro was founded in 1966 by Don Speer. While focusing primarily on the remodeling markets  in Taylor and Roseville, Mich., the two branches provide... more »
  • Deceuninck North America, the provider of vinyl window and door profiles, and Tri-State Wholesale Building Supplies Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of windows and other exterior building products, conducted a window walk last Thursday, participating in the “G2OTR Project: LEEDing the Way in Historic Renovation and New Construction.”  In order to demonstrate the commitment of... more »
  • Benada Aluminum Products LLC,  a newly-formed entity owned indirectly by FTL Capital LLC and Benada Aluminum of Florida Inc., has acquired from bankruptcy the assets of Florida Extruders International Inc. Simultaneously, the new Benada has acquired the assets of BAF, which was owned by Monte Friedkin, who now becomes president and CEO of the new unit. In announcing the transaction,... more »
  • GBO Inc., the Quebec-based manufacturer of Bonneville Windows & Doors, reports that Montblanc Capital Corp., a real estate investment and development company headquartered in Toronto, Ont., has entered into an agreement with Fonds de Solidarité des Travailleurs du Québec (FSTQ) to acquire about 4.5 million common shares of GBO.  The transaction represents about a 25 percent... more »
  • Last year, attendees at the annual FeneTech User Conference were holding their breath waiting for the economy to improve. This year, companies are plotting how to get tablet devices like the iPad into the hands of sales, delivery and production staff, many report. The three-day event, held this year at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Cleveland, gathered 75 people from 45 window manufacturers... more »
  • Mike Murray, Lloyd Barela and Holly Gilbert have each won a four-day grand prize trip from Therma-Tru as part of the company’s “Unlock the Opportunities” sweepstakes. More than 3,300 people entered the online sweepstakes between January 12 and April 30, 2011. Murray, owner of Sunrise Windows in Damascus, Ore., and Barela, customer service representative with Trimco Millwork out... more »
  • Homeowners are telling remodeling contractors that the costs of compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rules are too high, according to a National Association of the Remodeling Industry study.  More than three quarters of the remodelers surveyed report that potential or current homeowner clients have indicated to them they would opt... more »
  • The Association of Millwork Distributors has released the second draft edition of its Side-Hinged Exterior Door System (SHEDS) Standard for public comment. The standard is designed to create a procedure for structurally rating a side-hinged exterior door systems that allows for substitution of  components. The standard utilizes the ASTM E330 test method and also provides a test method for... more »
  • U.S. Congressman Pat Tiberi visited the Simonton Windows new corporate headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, last Tuesday to welcome the business to the community. During his hour-long visit, the Congressman toured the offices with Mark Savan, Simonton president, and met with several executives to learn more about the vinyl window manufacturer, its history and plans for the future. “It was a... more »