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  • Speaking at this week's National Fenestration Rating Council meeting, Rich Karney of the U.S. Department of Energy told attendees he intends to release the new Energy Star criteria for comment on March 10. Karney, who is DOE's program manager for Energy Star, also said final criteria will be issued no later than April 3rd for implementation on January 1, 2010, according to NFRC News Now. ... more »
  • Long Island, N.Y.-based NorthEast Windows and its sister company, Quality Lineals, are back under original ownership. Jeffrey Kaiserman, whose family founded the business back in 1951, took the reins in February. Starting with the production of jalousie windows, followed by some of the earlier tilt double-hungs on the market, NorthEast now manufactures a full line of vinyl windows and... more »
  • Door manufacturer Therma-Tru Corp. and window manufacturer Gorell Enterprises Inc. have been honored by World Vision in recognition of their donations to the humanitarian organization.The organization honored both companies at AAMA’s 72nd annual meeting on Feb. 24.“Therma-Tru and Gorell have been enthusiastic participants in World Vision’s mission to serve those affected by... more »
  • Truseal Technologies Inc. is celebrating its 10th year as an Energy Star partner. The supplier of warm-edge IG spacer systems became a partner in 1998, the first year window components were recognized as a category in the Department of Energy program, officials note. “We’re proud to announce that Truseal has been an Energy Star partner for a decade. The partnership... more »
  • The new stimulus package was a huge topic of discussion at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association conference that concluded last week, officials report. The San Diego meeting saw the organization begin outlining plans to get Energy Star values reinstated and the .30 U-value/.30 SHGC requirements overturned. Throughout the meeting, members discussed the options... more »
  • Masonite International Inc. has reached an agreement with a group of creditors on restructuring plans that will enable the company to significantly reduce its outstanding debt. The deal, which the door maker hopes will be approved by other lenders, will enable Masonite to reduce its total funded debt by nearly $2 billion, from $2.2 billion today to up to $300 million... more »
  • The $1,500 tax credit established as part of the stimulus package is attracting some applause from the industry, as well as significant criticism. Notably, it appears some will advocate relaxing the .30 U-factor/.30 SHGC minimums established for products to qualify. “Along with our members, we are asking the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to reconsider these values, in light of... more »
  • PPG Industries reports it has shipped its 20-millionth square-foot of Solarban 70XL glass, said to be the world’s first triple-silver-coated, solar control low-e glass. Introduced initially in the commercial market, the product is making strong inroads into residential windows and doors now too, according to Margie Hahn, residential segment manager for the glass maker. The glass has... more »
  • ABC Supply Co. Inc. has acquired Chesapeake Siding & Roofing, a wholesale distributor of exterior building products, effective Feb. 23. The transaction provides ABC with two new locations–one in Chesapeake, Va. and one in Jarvisburg, N.C. “The acquisition of Chesapeake Siding & Roofing fits our strategy of providing accessible locations in all major geographic... more »
  • Serious Materials Inc. has received approval from the bankruptcy court and closed the acquisition of certain assets and primarily production equipment of the former Republic Windows & Doors plant based in Chicago. The company intends to reopen the plant for the manufacturing of its SeriousWindows and SeriousGlass. Serious Materials also reports it has reached an agreement with the union... more »