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  • The new stimulus package was a huge topic of discussion at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association conference that concluded last week, officials report. The San Diego meeting saw the organization begin outlining plans to get Energy Star values reinstated and the .30 U-value/.30 SHGC requirements overturned. Throughout the meeting, members discussed the options... more »
  • Masonite International Inc. has reached an agreement with a group of creditors on restructuring plans that will enable the company to significantly reduce its outstanding debt. The deal, which the door maker hopes will be approved by other lenders, will enable Masonite to reduce its total funded debt by nearly $2 billion, from $2.2 billion today to up to $300 million... more »
  • The $1,500 tax credit established as part of the stimulus package is attracting some applause from the industry, as well as significant criticism. Notably, it appears some will advocate relaxing the .30 U-factor/.30 SHGC minimums established for products to qualify. “Along with our members, we are asking the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to reconsider these values, in light of... more »
  • PPG Industries reports it has shipped its 20-millionth square-foot of Solarban 70XL glass, said to be the world’s first triple-silver-coated, solar control low-e glass. Introduced initially in the commercial market, the product is making strong inroads into residential windows and doors now too, according to Margie Hahn, residential segment manager for the glass maker. The glass has... more »
  • ABC Supply Co. Inc. has acquired Chesapeake Siding & Roofing, a wholesale distributor of exterior building products, effective Feb. 23. The transaction provides ABC with two new locations–one in Chesapeake, Va. and one in Jarvisburg, N.C. “The acquisition of Chesapeake Siding & Roofing fits our strategy of providing accessible locations in all major geographic... more »
  • Serious Materials Inc. has received approval from the bankruptcy court and closed the acquisition of certain assets and primarily production equipment of the former Republic Windows & Doors plant based in Chicago. The company intends to reopen the plant for the manufacturing of its SeriousWindows and SeriousGlass. Serious Materials also reports it has reached an agreement with the union... more »
  • MGM Industries Inc. has entered into an agreement with the management of Echo Windows LLC to purchase inventories and equipment necessary to build the Sienna replacement window product line, according to Joe Gaskins, vice president of sales. Echo, based in Red Oak, Iowa, announced it was ceasing operations earlier this week. Equipment for the Sienna product line will be moved to... more »
  • Win-Door North America, the annual trade exhibition sponsored by the Canadian Window & Door Manufacturers Association, plans to unveil a new floor plan this year featuring a new "IG Alley" feature area. The 2009 event is scheduled for November 17 to 19 in Toronto.  Showcasing companies involved in the insulating glass sector, Win-Door's IG Alley... more »
  • The American Architectural Manufacturers Association recognized the contributions and achievements of its members and congratulated award winners at its 72nd annual conference. The meeting, held in Coronado, Calif., concludes today. AAMA presented David Moyer of Architectural Testing Inc. its 2008 Outstanding Member Award, given to an individual for his or her work and... more »
  • The first Aluroller machine in North America was recently installed at Astro Shapes in Struthers, Ohio, according to Joe Valvo, the company's VP of sales. The equipment from Belgium uses a technologically advanced way of installing polyamide strips into thermally-broken aluminum extrusions for windows, curtainwall and other products. It has been used in the European market for... more »