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  • Milgard Windows & Doors has shut down manufacturing operations at its Marysville, Wash. facility.  The change results in the layoff of 80 employees, starting on Oct. 24. The company will maintain a sales and service presence at the Marysville site.  “As a result of the challenging economic times, including an unprecedented downturn in the U.S. housing market and... more »
  • Atrium Cos. Inc., reports it has restructured its debt with each of its major creditor groups. With a capital infusion to reduce overall debt, the actions improve Atrium’s liquidity and will enable management to effectively guide operations through the slowing economy, the company reports. As part of the restructuring, each of Atrium’s creditor groups has agreed to eliminate... more »
  • Builders FirstSource is exiting the New Jersey market, closing five locations including a millwork fabrication facility in Monroe Township. Other facilities set to be shuttered include three cabinet showrooms and a lumberyard. The supplier of building products to the residential construction market currently operates 65 distribution centers and 61 manufacturing facilities primarily in the... more »
  • The National Glass Association, publisher of Window & Door, has announced a partnership with Architectural Testing Inc. to develop window and door installation courses based on the InstallationMasters program for its on-line training platform, MyGlassClass.com.  “We are pleased to add a new dimension to our training programs in order to further enhance their breadth and... more »
  • The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, the $700 billion bail-out bill passed earlier this month, includes provisions bringing back the 2006 and 2007 tax credits for energy efficient improvements in 2009. Additionally, the new law extends the deductions builders can take for improvements in new homes through 2009 and the deduction for energy-efficient... more »
  • Patio Enclosures Inc. reports its intends to merge with Branstrator Sunrooms, which is owned by Resilience Capital Partners, a Cleveland-based private equity firm.  Based in Macedonia, Ohio, Patio Enclosures reports it is the largest manufacturer and installer of sunrooms in North America, with 30 branches, 11 franchises, and 10 dealers across the United States... more »
  • Truseal Technologies Inc., the supplier of warm edge spacer systems for insulating glass, announced yesterday that it is pursing legal action, including a request for emergency relief, against a Chinese manufacturer of spacer systems. The action has been brought to protect Truseal’s intellectual property and to safeguard the quality of IG units produced in the marketplace,... more »
  • Chantilly, Va.–Lumber and building materials dealers heard sobering housing market predictions at the ProDealer Summit, hosted by the National Lumber and Building Materials Dealers Association and Home Channel News here last week. Ivy Zelman, CEO of housing research firm Zelman & Associates, rebuked the variety of “we’re close to the bottom of the housing... more »
  • Joyce Manufacturing Co., manufacturer of Oasis brand sunrooms, has purchased the assets of Graef Window Co., a vinyl replacement window maker based in Boardman, Ohio.  Details of the transaction were not disclosed.Based in Berea, Ohio, Joyce will maintain Graef window manufacturing operations in Boardman, which will become a new division known as Joyce Window Co. “The acquisition of... more »
  • According to the Yellow Pages Association, October generates the most activity for "windows” as people prepare for winter.  The organization reports that windows rank 85th out of more than 4,000 headings in their directories, generating 26 million references annually. “Local window companies rely on Yellow Pages advertising to reach their target consumer, as well as... more »