Latest News

  • Following up on the closing of its manufacturing operations earlier in the week, Jancor Cos. Inc. filed a voluntary chapter 11 petition on Oct. 30 in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, according to the Web site Chapter11.com. Based in Ohio, Jancor unexpectedly closed its Survivor Technologies and Kensington Windows vinyl window production plants last week. It... more »
  • After closing about 60 stores earlier this year, 84 Lumber Co. will close another 20 stores this year, the company confirmed on Thursday. The company will close two stores in Michigan, three in Pennsylvania, four in Kentucky, two in Georgia and one each in Alabama, California, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina and Virginia. Some stores will be consolidated to... more »
  • When it comes to windows and doors, big box customers rate The Home Depot highest on value for the money and Lowes highest for quality. Those finding comes from a 2006 report now being offered free to industry companies by Market Resource Associates.  The study, based on a nationwide survey of 2,000 DIY and BIY customers, also suggests that service levels... more »
  • In response to difficult market conditions and reduced equipment demand, Urban Machinery is restructuring its North American operations. The move includes the closure of its West Coast facility in Port Townsend, Wash. "The changes made by Urban in North America are necessary and will allow Urban to help all of our North American customers during these uncertain economic times, by reducing... more »
  • Jancor Cos. Inc. has ceased operations at its manufacturing operations, including Kensington Windows in Vandergrift, Pa., and Survivor Technologies in Hillside, N.J., according to a variety of newspaper reports.  Jancor, which did not return calls for comment, has also shut down its Heartland Building Products siding plant in Mississipi and other facilities as well. According to the... more »
  • In response to a growing need among window manufacturers for concise information regarding new National Fenestration Ratings Council and Department of Energy mandates, Edgetech I.G. is offering an IG Certification Manual.  The booklet features useful timelines, step-by-step instructions, frequently asked questions, a glossary of related terms and a full list of certification... more »
  • Wolseley plc, parent company of Stock Building Supply, plans to close 86 more branches of the building materials distribution operation, bringing its total number of locations to 209.   The 86 branches to be closed represent around 25 percent of Stock’s sales and 28 percent of its headcount, officials report. “With the on-going... more »
  • Montag Windows & Doors, a German manufacturer targeting the high-performance luxury market, opened its first marketing and distribution center in the U.S. in October in Roswell, Ga. From this location, the company plans to service the needs of architects, builders, developers and homeowners throughout the coastal impact market. “Since 1728 Montag Windows & Doors has been... more »
  • The National Association of Home Builders is forecasting 936,000 total housing starts for 2008, a 30.2 percent decline from the 1.34 million homes produced last year. Starts in 2009 are projected to slide 16.2 percent further, to 784,000 units, before picking up again in 2010 to the 1.0 million level. Those projections were offered at NAHB's Fall Construction Forecast... more »
  • Eric Mertz has been appointed president and CEO of Caldwell Manufacturing, effective October 27. As part of a planned succession, Ted Boucher, current president and CEO, will continue with the company in the new position of chief business development officer and vice chair of the board.“Eric is the right person to lead Caldwell Manufacturing into its next era and set the company on a path... more »