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  • The Omaha World Herald reports that Echo Windows LLC, based in Red Oak, Iowa, is closing today. Echo Windows is the former Traco residential window manufacturing operation acquired by the Richard and Sharon Gillman family of Chicago, which also owned Republic Windows in Chicago, the newspaper states.   The sudden closing of Republic last year drew national attention... more »
  • GED Integrated Solutions Inc. reports that due to the advanced materials used to manufacture its Intercept Stainless Steel Ultra material, the National Fenestration Rating Council has determined that the product's conductivity multiplier be reduced to 13.63 W/mK. “This translates into a 20 percent reduction from standard stainless steel material, resulting in unit U... more »
  • Serious Materials has gone live with CenterPoint, WTS Paradigm’s order-entry and quoting software. The California-based manufacturer of high-performance windows, which recently gained attention with the purchase and re-opening of the Kensington Windows' plant, chose WTS Paradigm as its strategic partner for its ERP system and to help expand its efforts to increase sales and... more »
  • In a home improvement segment that aired last week on The Today Show, Simpson Door Co. had a few of its products featured.  The segment was hosted by Amy Matthews, one of the hosts of the DIY Network series Sweat Equity. She went through a series of simple upgrades homeowners can do to their homes. One of those upgrades she discussed was the replacement of hollow core... more »
  • Haddon Windows has purchased the assets of Accu-Weld, the vinyl window and door manufacturer based in Bensalem, Pa. Before the time of the acquisition, Accu-Weld was a subsidiary of Shapes/Arch Holdings LLC, a portfolio company of H.I.G. Capital. Accu-Weld is a fully integrated manufacturer and marketer of residential vinyl windows and decorative entry doors to the repair and remodeling market.... more »
  • Veka Holdings will cease production at its Edmonton, Alberta, facility, which has been running below capacity due to the ailing economy. The tooling and output from the Edmonton site will be moved to the company's plants in Reno, Nev., and Fombell, Pa. Warehousing operations will remain in Edmonton and be supplied from the Nevada and Pennsylvania plants. Company representatives report that... more »
  • The $789 billion compromise stimulus bill negotiated by House and Senate leaders could boost window and door sales. Passed by both Houses of Congress and signed yesterday by President Obama, the package substantially increases the value of tax credits provided for energy efficient home improvements, including windows and doors. According to a statement released by Speaker of the House Nancy... more »
  • Replacement window executives expect the stimulus package provision providing homeowners with a tax credit for qualifying energy efficient to have a real impact on the market.  According to Wayne Gorell, president & CEO of Gorell Windows & Doors, the credit, which can now be as large as $1,500 is substantial enough to engender action... more »
  • Tucson, Ariz.–"We are at a moment where political decisions are going to have more repercussions for this industry and for all industries than any of us have seen before,” said Andrei Cherni of Democracy Magazine. Moderating a discussion of the political climate at the Window & Door Manufacturers Association Leadership Summit that concluded yesterday, he added, “No one... more »
  • Roll-A-Cover International, the manufacturer of retractable enclosure systems, is expanding into Europe.  It recently named Zoom Rooms, with operations in Slovenia and Austria, as its distributor. Zoom Rooms is led by Carmen Gort, based in Lustenau, Austria and her partner Drago Pahor, who is based in Maribor, Slovenia. The distributor also has representatives with... more »