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  • Builders say shell or envelope materials, including windows and doors, have the most “green” value, according to Market Resource Associates. Inc. The market research firm recently concluded a focus group with custom and semi-custom single family home builders attending the recent International Builder’s Show in Las Vegas. “These folks certainly knew their stuff,”... more »
  • Window World Inc. has signed on to sponsor two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Terry Labonte and his Toyota Camry for the 2009 Daytona 500. Todd Whitworth, CEO for the replacement window company says Window World is looking at additional race sponsorship opportunities with Prism Motorsports, the newly-fomed firm which is fielding Labonte. “Window World has grown to be... more »
  • The American Architectural Manufacturers Association is asking the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to support proposals that would extend and expand the 25C tax credits for energy-efficient home improvements. The proposal package would extend the 25C tax credit until 2010, and extend the provisions to provide homeowners with up to 30 percent of the costs for qualified energy-efficient... more »
  • Atlantic City, N.J.–Plans for an April "fly-in" to Washington, D.C., highlighted discussions at the Northeast Window & Door Association's winter meeting here last week. The group also heard updates on the state of the industry and economy, as well as an outline of the new NAHB Green Building Standard. The "fly-in"–a term coined by the National Association of... more »
  • Roto Frank of America is celebrating its 30-year anniversary in North America in 2009 with a special logo that will appear in sales materials, newsletters and advertisements throughout the year. The hardware producer will also celebrate the anniversary with a variety of customer-related activities and during the GlassBuild America show which will take place in Atlanta, Ga., in September. “... more »
  • Andersen Corp. has confirmed additional seasonal layoffs, with another 160 employees at its Bayport, Minn. facility to follow temporary layoffs announced earlier in the year. The window and door maker said on Jan. 8 it planned to layoff 50 employees permanently and 400 seasonally. While Andersen regularly lays off some employees during the slower months, the company has confirmed that this... more »
  • Tempe, Ariz.-based residential window and door maker Jordan Co. is closing, according to the company Web site and published reports. The company did not immediately return calls for comment, but the company Web site has been changed to a single page reading “We are sorry for the inconvenience but Jordan Company (Jordan Windows and Doors) is no longer in business.”  The... more »
  • Simonton Windows has laid off 157 employees, noting the continuing decline in the new home and home improvement markets.The company laid off 115 at its Ritchie County, W.Va. facility and 42 at its Paris, Ill. manufacturing plant, according to a Chicago Tribune report. Company spokeswoman Kathy Ziprik confirmed those numbers.The company has publicly indicated hopes to rehire those who were laid... more »
  • Therma-Tru Corp. will phase down and ultimately close its Roland, Okla. manufacturing facility effective Sept. 30. The plant currently manufactures fiberglass and steel exterior door systems. Production of these products will be transferred to the Therma-Tru facility in Butler, Ind.; while merchandising display production will be relocated to the Edgerton, Ohio technical center. “We... more »
  • Guardian Industries has transitioned from aluminum box spacers to Edgetech I.G. Super Spacer to improve the thermal performance and long-term durability of its residential IG units, the companies report. “The NFRC and government regulators have raised the bar, and we are answering the call,” says Shane Sieracki, general manager for Guardian’s Webster, Mass. manufacturing plant... more »