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  • In response to the sustained downturn in the housing market, Simonton Windows is planning to close its Lyons, Ga., plant and relocate production lines for its impact-resistant vinyl coastal products to the company’s McAlester, Okla., operating site. Production at the Georgia facility is expected to end sometime in December. “We evaluated the production capacity at our facilities... more »
  • Toronto—While industry sales have declined in the U.S., the Canadian economy and housing market continue to roll along—a fact evident in brisk traffic at Win-Door North America last week. The annual event, hosted by the Canadian Window & Door Manufactur-ers Association, also appeared to see an uptick in activity among door suppliers. Among the new exhibitors at the show was Weber... more »
  • Citing overall market conditions and a comprehensive review of its United Kingdom business, Therma-Tru has announced its intention to close a 52,000-square-foot facility it operates in Wales. More than 150 jobs will be eliminated as a result of the closure. “While we have made considerable progress with rigorous cost-cutting and operational improvements over the past year, the outlook... more »
  • With window and door markets across Canada generally healthier than they are in the U.S., Win-Door North America returns to Toronto November 13-15, poised for another strong year. Last year, the annual trade show organized by the Canadian Window & Door Manufacturers Association saw a 10 percent increase in attendance, and organizers are expecting well over 3,000 industry professionals for the... more »
  • Cambridge, Md.—With one eye on the green building movement, the Window & Door Manufacturers Association unveiled a new strategic plan encompassing stepped up advocacy efforts at its summer meeting in August. The event also featured speakers covering new research designed to provide better understanding of the effects of hurricanes on windows, the outlook for the housing market and... more »
  • As part of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s national fall conference, conducted this week in Orlando, members got an up close look at the University of Florida’s hurricane simulation equipment. The portable hurricane wind simulator, transported from its home in Gainesville, Fla., to the meeting location, is the mechanism by which Dr. Forrest Masters’... more »
  • Barber & Ross Co. has filed a petition to shift the involuntary Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition it’s facing over to the realm of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding, allowing the owner to reorganize the company. The window, door and millwork producer is facing many creditors, including banks, suppliers, tax agencies and employees, according to the local newspaper, The Winchester Star.... more »
  • The U.S. Department of Energy has sent a letter to stakeholders in the Energy Star windows, doors and skylights program officially announcing it is beginning a criteria review and revision process to set new requirements for products to carry the Energy Star label. In the October 9 letter, Richard Karney, Energy Star program manager, notes that DOE is considering a variety of adjustments to the... more »
  • With growth rates that have exceeded Western Europe for years, the window market in Eastern Europe is poised to surpass the West’s in size by 2008, predicts Interconnection Consulting. The Vienna-based market research firm reports Eastern European window sales totalled 47.5 million units sold in 2006, with a total value of 6.9 billion Euros. That growth will continue to be strong for years... more »
  • Washington, D.C.—We are “almost certainly looking at another down year,” David Seiders, chief economist of the National Association of Home Builders, announced at the 75th National Construction Forecast. Citing mortgage and credit problems; home sales, housing starts and permits all being down; and weak demand coupled with heavy inventory, he noted, “The question is will... more »