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  • PGT Industries, the Florida-based manufacturer has let go about 100 employees “from across all sectors and levels of the company,” in another round of lay-offs, the company reports. “The further restructuring of our workforce was necessary given the continuing downturn in the economy and the severe housing crisis,” says Rod Hershberger, president and CEO of... more »
  • Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell (left) and Kevin Surace, CEO of Serious Materials, participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday to re-open the former Kensington Windows plant in Vandergrift, Pa. Re-hired workers and members of the media looked on. With state and local officials on hand to mark the occasion, Serious Materials, the California-based sustainable building... more »
  • Simonton Windows has opened its new product development center in Westerville, Ohio. The vinyl window manufacturer named Cristen Baca, new vice president of new product development, to run the facility, which will operate as a sister site to Simonton’s original new product development center located in Parkersburg, W. Va. “Throughout this difficult economic situation... more »
  • The Window & Door Manufacturers Association is implementing plans to amend the tax credit provisions for windows, doors and skylights included in the recently passed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  While the stimulus package provides opportunities to stimulate economic activity, improve energy efficiency and create jobs through consumer incentives, WDMA officials... more »
  • Masonite International Inc. says it will voluntarily file for bankruptcy protection from creditors as part of a pre-approved plan to reduce its debt.  Having received approval from its bank lenders and bondholders, the door maker will implement the previously announced debt restructuring plan under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act in Canada and... more »
  • Therma-Tru Doors will add 150 positions at its Butler, Ind., plant after it finishes moving  manufacturing capacity from the plant it is closing in Roland, Okla., the company announced last week. The company currently employs about 500 at the exterior door manufacturing operation in Indiana. The door maker will invest about $5 million to consolidate manufacturing... more »
  • Weber Manufacturing Technologies Inc. has named Aribell Products Ltd. as its Canadian distributor for the new Mastergrain line of fiberglass doors and doorlite frames. Weber entered the door manufacturing business after 15 years of providing tooling to other door makers. The company decided to start making doors in order to deliver both "problem-free... more »
  • The Department of Energy issued its revised 2010 draft criteria for the Energy Star windows, doors and skylights program. In its full report, DOE officials state that changes were made from previous proposals based on industry feedback, the new tax credit requirements set forth in the stimulus package and the final window performance requirements established by the 2009 International Energy... more »
  • The Fenestration Manufacturers Association will meet this month in Cocoa Beach, Fla., for its annual spring conference. The event will run March 31 through April 2 at the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront property. Organizers for the association have planned speakers and seminars to keep attendees informed of recent code changes in the Southeast, as well as provide strategies for the current economic... more »
  • Speaking at this week's National Fenestration Rating Council meeting, Rich Karney of the U.S. Department of Energy told attendees he intends to release the new Energy Star criteria for comment on March 10. Karney, who is DOE's program manager for Energy Star, also said final criteria will be issued no later than April 3rd for implementation on January 1, 2010, according to NFRC News Now. ... more »