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  • The Association of Millwork Distributors discussed efforts to block proposed requirements for swing door testing and certification in the 2009 International Codes at its annual convention and exhibition here last week. In other business, AMD voted to change its bylaws to give supplier members a greater voice in the organization. The event featured a full day of educational presentations,... more »
  • Atis Group has acquired Phoenix Glass, a manufacturer of windows and doors for commercial and residential clients based on Annacis Island, south of Vancouver, B.C. Following up on the purchase of Allied Windows of Abbottsford, B.C., and Bestway of Calgary in late 2006, Atis Group reports that with the addition of Phoenix Glass, Western Canada will represent approximately 20 percent of its sales... more »
  • Shifting its business model in Florida from a builder-direct to a traditional distribution channel strategy, Atrium Cos. Inc. reports it is closing five of its six sales and distribution branches between now and the end of first quarter 2008. The company will maintain its Davie, Fla., operation and continue to operate its Atrium Shutters business from that location. “With housing starts in... more »
  • 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 »