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  • Joan Gates achieved a “once in a lifetime goal” of running in the 2008 Boston Marathon on April 21. Along the way she gained the support of her fellow Simonton Windows workers and more than $12,000 in contributions to support the non-profit organization, Homes for Our Troops.Gates completed the 112th Boston Marathon in 5 hours and 23 minutes. The 26.1-mile marathon, started in 1896,... more »
  • Although it can trace its history back to the 1950s, Solar Innovations, Inc. celebrated 10 years in the business in April. The company’s roots go back to Everlite Greenhouses, which was purchased in the 1980s by a Maryland sunroom manufacturer and divided and sold to several different entities that began manufacturing sunrooms. One of the new manufacturers moved to York, Pa. , where it made... more »
  • Atrium Cos. Inc. is closing its Jacksonville, Fla. aluminum window and door manufacturing facility, moving that production to its north Texas plant. Atrium will continue to operate its Davie, Fla. Facility, where it produces shutters, the company points out. “More than ever, current market trends require highly productive supply, and we continue to evaluate and make strategic adjustments... more »
  • Flushing, N.Y.-based Crystal Window & Door Systems entered into a licensing agreement with Sashlite LLC for the use of its patented vinyl window insulating glass technology. In a separate move, Crystal has also acquired Sashlite-specific tooling and equipment and established agreements with Sashlite strategic partners H.B. Fuller and Sash Systems, the manufacturer reports. “... more »
  • Jeld-Wen Inc. will shut down manufacturing operations at its Gainesville, Ga., facility. The company said the change was necessary due to a downturn in the housing industry, according to an Associated Press report. The facility will continue to be used as a sales and distribution office. Jeld-Wen expects to lay off about 40 employees as a result of the change. Company spokeswoman Teri Cline told... more »
  • The U.S. Department of Energy has released its Energy Star Windows, Doors, and Skylights Draft Criteria and Analysis, which outlines a two phase approach to tighten requirements to carry the label. Pending a stakeholder meeting scheduled for August 13th and one additional month to accept further public comment, the final numbers will be determined this fall with August 3, 2009 said to be the... more »
  • After almost three years of work, including a pilot project, a group within the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s Vinyl Material Council is nearing completion of a white paper that outlines the potential for recycling PVC fenestration products at the end-of-life. Entitled Avoiding the Landfill: The Recycling of Vinyl Windows and Doors, the eight-page report was co-authored... more »
  • This year marks the 120th anniversary of Caldwell Manufacturing Co. serving the fenestration industry. The Rochester, N.Y.-based company is currently managed by the fourth generation of the Boucher family-brothers Ted and Jim Boucher are president/CEO and chief business development officer, respectively. With the backing of investor William Caldwell, the company was founded in 1888 to produce... more »
  • The National Minority Business Council recognized Crystal Window & Door Systems as a 2007 Outstanding Minority Business at a luncheon in February. The council cited Crystal's demonstration of strong revenue growth and profitability as a manufacturer, as well as its customer service and relationships. In his acceptance remarks, Thomas Chen noted, "as an Asian-American immigrant... more »
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy have named Gorell Windows & Doors, Pella Corp. and ProVia Door as Energy Star Partners of the Year for 2008. The awards recognize manufacturers and retailers for their efforts promoting and delivering Energy Star labeled products. Pella is being recognized for the second year in a row as Partner of the Year in the window... more »