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  • Aribell Products Ltd., a distributor of products and components serving the Canadian door and window industry, has purchased the venting sidelite business of Wardco Manufacturing, a Canadian manufacturer of doors and windows located in Burlington, Ontario. Wardco was the sole manufacturer of the product, originally developed at Steelwood Doors, in Ontario. "The addition of these venting... more »
  • The Aluminum Extruders Council has unveiled a brand image to promote the environmental benefits of aluminum. The logo made its debut during the Ninth International Aluminum Extrusion Technology Seminar and Exposition in May. The council says the logo is meant to be used by members as a recognizable industry symbol, and to convey “aluminum’s recyclable, sustainable, and versatile attributes in a... more »
  • Norandex Building Materials Distribution opened two new branches in Portland, Ore., and Austin, Texas, hard on the heels of acquiring two new stores in the Baton Rouge, La., region, according to a recent report in Industrial Distribution. “We are in the midst of one of the biggest strategic growth initiatives this company has ever undertaken,” Brian Chambers, president and CEO, told the... more »
  • 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 »