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  • Specialty vinyl window and door supplier Fen-Tech Inc. has signed up with Cleveland-based Stern & Co. to represent its line in the Midwest and New York. “We’re pleased to bring this well established team into our business group,” says Mike Mirau, Fen-Tech president. “They are a top-selling sales agency for some of the leading window-and-door component suppliers in the... more »
  • The National Fenestration Rating Council plans to add a requirement for IG certification to its rating and labeling program, but just how that will be done was still up for discussion at its summer membership meeting held this week in Chicago. The event also featured a forum designed to guide development of rating programs for various window attachments and the unveiling of software designed for... more »
  • The National Fenestration Rating Council plans to add a requirement for IG certification to its rating and labeling program, but just how that will be done was still up for discussion at its summer membership meeting held this week in Chicago. The event also featured a forum designed to guide development of rating programs for various window attachments and the unveiling of software designed for... 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 »
  • 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 »