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  • MI Windows & Doors reports that the average shipped-on-time-and-complete rate for all its plants improved to 99.5 percent in 2011, up from 98.6 percent in 2010.       "Our customers have told us that when they place an order for a window and door package, one of their highest expectations is that the order will ship with all of the products in that order,"... more »
  • Roto Frank of America Inc. was recently recognized with a special Turnaround Performance Award from its parent company Roto Frank AG. Chris Dimou, CEO and president of the U.S-based operation accepted the award the global hardware supplier's recent leadership conference in Berlin, Germany.     Roto Frank of America's Chris Dimou, second from left, received the award from Roto... more »
  • The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is acquiring a stake in Novatech Group Inc., investing $16.7 million (CDN) into the producer of doors and door components. The Montreal-based financial institution primarily manages funds for pension and insurance plans, with more than $150 billion in net assets. With the transaction, Raymond Ouellette, chairman of Novatech's board of directors... more »
  • In conjunction with its Pro Expo series, Pella Corp. has donated $30,000 to the non-profit organization Homes for Our Troops.  It also worked to help raise additional cash, building materials and labor to support the national cause with partners and attendees at its Pro Expo events, which were held in 30 U.S. and Canadian markets in 2011.      Pella's Chris Dana, left,... more »
  • With 40 locations across nine Midwest states, Richards Building Supply formed a Gold Window Club to recognize outstanding sales efforts by members of outside sales force.  The Chicago-based distributor recently recognized nine members of the club for 2011. "The sales goals [were] set very high for this prestigious club," says Ray Howley, who manages corporate window sales for... more »
  • Crystal Pacific Window & Door Systems, the recently-formed, California-based manufacturer, has opened its corporate headquarters and established production operations at a facility in Riverside, Calif. The company has also established two sales offices to serve the Southern California market in South El Monte and San Diego. Crystal Pacific is a new company started by Thomas Chen, founder of... more »
  • Soft-Lite LLC, a vinyl window manufacturer based in Streetsboro, Ohio, has reached an agreement to acquire the product lines of Gorell Windows & Doors LLC. Gorell, based in Indiana, Pa., entered receivership last week with The Meridian Group, a Pittsburgh-based turnaround firm, appointed receiver. “We are very excited about this acquisition and what it means for our company,”... more »
  • Allied Windows in British Columbia is being closed by the Atis Group, but the Canadian window and door manufacturer plans to invest $3 million to expand operations in several other locations, according to an article in the Montreal Gazette.  With manufacturing operations across Canada, the Atis Group plans to boost capacity at two Quebec facilities and another in Vancouver, British Columbia... more »
  • The Environmental Protection Agency is taking steps to open verification testing for the Energy Star Windows, Doors and Skylights program to all certification bodies. EPA will be modifying its partner commitments to remove the exclusive reference to the National Fenestration Rating Council, which aligns the window program with those for other Energy Star products, officials note. Window,... more »
  • Gorell Windows & Doors entered receivership last week and could be sold to new owners, according to an article in the local newspaper.  A Pittsburgh-based private investment firm, the Meridian Group, has been appointed receiver for the vinyl window manufacturer, which continues to operate while its future is determined. "The company has been struggling through the recession and... more »