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  • Tempe, Ariz.—The Department of Energy is on track to put revised Energy Star criteria for windows into effect by early 2009, according to Richard Karney, DOE Energy Star program manager, who spoke at the National Fenestration Rating Council fall meeting here in November. Karney said the DOE is working with manufacturers to learn what products are available in the marketplace and what... more »
  • The National Fenestration Rating Council has started the process to potentially develop ratings for three new sets of fenestration products—dynamic attachments and exterior and interior window coverings. NFRC’s board of directors approved the establishment of a new attachment subcommittee and several task groups to explore the technical aspects of developing rating methods, during its... more »
  • The Florida Building Material Association and the recently formed American Pre-Hung Door Association have announced a strategic alliance designed to benefit and strengthen both organizations. The two groups are planning membership drives, educational forums and a joint exhibition next August in Orlando, according to Georgia Smith, APHDA executive director. APHDA officially launched earlier this... more »
  • Following a strategic review announced earlier this year, Quanex Corp. will spin-off its building products business as a stand-alone company. The new Quanex Building Products includes window and door industry suppliers Mikron Industries, Truseal Technologies and Homeshield. The structural change is not expected to affect the day-to-day operations of these companies, notes Gus Coppola,... more »
  • 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 »