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  • CraftMaster Manufacturing Inc. has wrapped up construction of its new interior door production facility in Garland, Texas, located just northeast of Dallas. The facility measures 253,000 square feet and will be the company’s third door manufacturing facility. CMI announced the expansion last November and had expected the plant to be online in the second quarter of this year. The company... more »
  • Employees of Hurd Windows & Doors voted last week to deunionize the company’s Merrill, Wis., facility. The dissolution of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America union follows similar moves at the manufacturer’s Medford, Wis., facilities earlier this year. The Merrill facilities were the last in the company network to be represented by a union. “We... more »
  • Huntington Beach, Calif.—Globalization is moving faster than we realize, but the U.S. economy remains one of the most vibrant in the world, said Stuart Varney, a financial journalist with Fox News Network, speaking this week to the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance. The two organizations are hosting their summer meetings... more »
  • Jacksonville, Fla.—There’s a lot of activity in the Southeast region of the country, not only with the severe weather but with the building science and protective measures that come as a result. Helping manufacturers keep up with the changes in the market, the Fenestration Manufacturers Association met in April with speakers scheduled to explore legal issues, the science behind... more »
  • A deal in Britain is bringing two suppliers together and to the North American window and door industry—Schlegel Building Products and the Amesbury Group. On Monday, Lupus Capital plc, a London-based specialty investment firm that acquired Schlegel last year, added Amesbury with the purchase of the security systems unit of the UK-based Laird Group. With the transaction, Schlegel’s U... more »
  • Replacement window manufacturer VPI Quality Windows Inc. will nearly double its manufacturing space this summer when it relocates from its current facility in Spokane Valley, Wash., to nearby East Spokane. The company has purchased a 55,000-square-foot warehouse building and plans to complete an expansion project to add another 22,500 square feet. The price tag is around $1.3 million, according... more »
  • With growing demand for Super Spacer in the United Kingdom, Edgetech I.G. Inc. is investing in a new $4.4 million plant in Coventry, England, to produce the warm-edge spacer product. The new extrusion facility is expected to be operational this summer. “Edgetech’s UK market growth has been in excess of 300 percent in the last three years. With this type of market demand for our... more »
  • Fibertec Window & Door Manufacturing has moved to a new location two blocks from its former site in Concord, Ont. The 50,000-square-foot facility features increased automation and it enabled the company to add an insulating glass line, as well as a horizontal slider production line to compliment its existing products. The local move allows the producer to retain its current workforce,... more »
  • With its current lease set to expire in 2009, Harvey Industries has purchased a 30-acre site in Chicopee, Mass., for $1.8 million. The company plans to build a 200,000-square-foot manufacturing facility to replace its current building located in Springfield, Mass., though plans for groundbreaking are not yet definitive. The window and door manufacturer does, however, expect a construction... more »
  • What is the best way to reduce the likelihood of a child falling out of a window? This question has plagued our industry for a long time. Many possible solutions have been offered, including window guards, educating caregivers, security screens and minimum windowsill heights. Now a study group of the International Code Council’s code technology committee is considering a different... more »