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  • Farley Windows & Doors Inc. will conduct seasonal layoffs of 137 employees, the company confirmed in published reports last week. The Cornwall Standard Freeholder reported that the Alexandria, Ontario-based vinyl window and patio door manufacturer announced the temporarily layoff of 117 hourly and 20 salaried employees earlier in the month. Farley officials told the newspaper that while... more »
  • In response to declining marketing conditions, Pella Corp. has instituted a four-day work week–keeping the operations closed on Friday–for about 3,900 of its 9,000 employees. The actual hours worked may be 40 hours a week or less, based on just-in-time needs, the manufacturer points out. Employees in manufacturing and shipping roles will be working four day-work weeks, and some... more »
  • Four Seasons Sunrooms reports it is growing, due in part to the fact that it has "extended a lifeline" to a number of its existing dealers that have been struggling in the current market. By acquiring a number of those businesses, the Holbrook, N.Y.-based manufacturer has expanded its own network of company-owned retail operations, and created a situation where "everyone... more »
  • Masonite International Inc. reports it has entered into further extensions of its forebearance agreements, giving the company more time "to develop an appropriate capital structure to support its long-term strategic plan and business objectives." The previous agreements were set to expire at the end of January. The latest agreements extend Masonite's deadline to February 9... more »
  • 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 »