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  • Following a downturn in 2007 that exceeded many expectations, the German window market is expected to see about 1 percent growth in 2008, according to a new study by Interconnection Consulting. Italy saw a slight decline in 2007 and is expected to slip again in 2008. Following a short-lived boom that increased window sales 6.4 percent in 2006, the German market declined 7.4 percent in 2007.... more »
  • Following a downturn in 2007 that exceeded many expectations, the German window market is expected to see about 1 percent growth in 2008, according to a new study by Interconnection Consulting. Italy saw a slight decline in 2007 and is expected to slip again in 2008. Following a short-lived boom that increased window sales 6.4 percent in 2006, the German market declined 7.4 percent in 2007.... more »
  • California on July 17 became the first state to enact a green building code, aiming to increase energy efficiency and reduce water consumption in all construction throughout the state. The new standards include provisions which will increase the stringency of existing statewide energy standards by 20 percent. “Once again California is leading the nation and the world in emissions... more »
  • Advent International, a global buyout firm, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire a majority interest in Bradco Supply Corp., a distributor of roofing materials and other building products. Bradco was founded by the Segal family in 1966, which will continue to own a significant minority stake in the business. Based in Avenel, N.J., the distributor operates more than 150 locations across... more »
  • Vernon, NJ—Facing more stringent requirements in Energy Star criteria—and frustrated with the limited tax incentives offered to people replacing windows—members of the Northeast Window & Door Association have been talking about the need for the industry to start lobbying more in Washington. At its summer meeting, the group heard from two representatives of the National... more »
  • The Ontario and Ohio operations of Round Top Window Products closed their doors in June. Dianne Waterhouse, founder and owner of the specialty window producer, says the company was forced to declare bankruptcy due to problems associated with the start-up of the Ohio facility, compounded by the downturn in the housing market. Round Top closed the doors on its Ontario facility in June... more »
  • The American Architectural Manufacturers Association hosted an all-day forum on July 8 to spur progress on the development of guidelines for component substitution and interchangeability within a side-hinged entry door certification program. Twenty-one attendees–including members of the task group and representatives of the Association of Millwork Distributors and Window and Door Manufacturers... more »
  • At the recent PCBC 2008 show in San Francisco, Andersen Windows introduced the new 100 Series new construction window line made of its Fibrex composite. “This product line is tailored to the likes and needs of builders in the West,” says Blaine Verdoorn, marketing manager, “and we know they and their customers will appreciate its sustainable design.” Designed to combine environmentally... more »
  • Crystal Window & Door Systems has opened a new sales and distribution operation in Enfield, Conn. The vinyl and aluminum window and door manufacturer’s new facility includes sales and conference offices, a newly decorated product showroom, warehouse space and loading docks. “The new branch location allows Crystal to better serve its Connecticut and Massachusetts customers with a more... more »
  • Edgetech I.G.’s sales team now represents the window, door and insulating glass product line of its sister company Lauren Manufacturing. The companies, with a nod to the overlap in their customer bases, began a cross-training program in 2007. The companies say that the latest strategic integration, which goes into effect immediately, brings greater expertise to the market. “This diligent... more »