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  • PPG Industries Inc.’s Wichita Falls, Texas, plant was forced to temporarily cease operations on Aug. 19 due to excessive flooding from torrential storms the day before, leading to some service interruptions. “We temporarily ceased operations at Wichita Falls on [Aug. 19],” says Mark Orcutt, PPG vice president, performance glazings. “As a result, it is commercially impracticable for us to meet... more »
  • Six months after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Wheeler’s Building Materials has emerged as a new company, according to media reports, although all senior staff, logos and the company name remain unchanged. An article in The Newnan Times-Herald reports that the Rome, Ga.-based company has hung a “We’re back!” banner outside of its supply facility after owners Jim and Mark Manis... more »
  • Vinyl window and door manufacturer Harry G. Barr Co. has selected Friedman Corp.’s Frontier ERP to replace its current business systems. Based in Fort Smith, Ark., the 74-year-old Harry G. Barr supplies a six state region with a comprehensive range of vinyl window and doors. “We wanted to improve our inventory control and order cycle time while still providing our customers a large... more »
  • Washington, D.C.—The Energy Star label for windows, doors and skylights needs to serve as a real “differentiator” in the market, according to Richard Karney, program manager for the Department of Energy. “Not all products will be Energy Star,” he also emphasized as he welcomed about 100 industry representatives and others in a forum on the proposed changes to the... more »
  • Offering a new texturing process said to enable designers “to conceive and execute more stunning, more vibrant and more beautiful materials–at highly economical costs,” a new joint venture has been formed by Masonite and TechnoLines LP. To be known as Echelon Laser Systems, the company’s laser technology can be used in a wide range of building materials, including doors, cabinets, moulding,... more »
  • Offering a new texturing process said to enable designers “to conceive and execute more stunning, more vibrant and more beautiful materials–at highly economical costs,” a new joint venture has been formed by Masonite and TechnoLines LP. To be known as Echelon Laser Systems, the company’s laser technology can be used in a wide range of building materials, including doors,... more »
  • Force V Environmental has purchased Schüco USA’s vinyl window division. A new company headed up by longtime Schüco employee Richard Porosky, Force V plans to move its operations from Connecticut to South Carolina and increase its focus on impact-resistant products and commercial storefronts. Schüco USA had announced plans to exit the vinyl window business earlier this year.... more »
  • Hurricane Test Laboratories celebrated its 15-year anniversary with an open house for customers and vendors at its Florida location in June.“When HTL opened its doors in 1993, hurricane building codes were in their infancy, we weren’t sure what would happen,” says Vinu Abraham, CEO of HTL. “Today, that initial risk has paid off and we’ve been able grow to a full... more »
  • More than 280 employees from Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co. Inc. took part in the Wausau Start! Heart Walk in Wausau, Wis. The employees raised $24,000 for heart disease research, including improved protocols for cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The company has its own first responder program, which was formalized after an employee suffered a heart attack in 2000. A quick-thinking colleague began... more »
  • Market Resource Associates Inc. is presenting Marvin Windows & Doors with two “best in class” awards as the overall top rated patio and entry door brand in its latest study. Simonton Windows and Taylor Door are also award winners this year. The Minneapolis-based market research firm developed the BICAs to recognize outstanding performance in its studies. Winners are selected for... more »