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  • With growth rates that have exceeded Western Europe for years, the window market in Eastern Europe is poised to surpass the West’s in size by 2008, predicts Interconnection Consulting. The Vienna-based market research firm reports Eastern European window sales totalled 47.5 million units sold in 2006, with a total value of 6.9 billion Euros. That growth will continue to be strong for years... more »
  • Washington, D.C.—We are “almost certainly looking at another down year,” David Seiders, chief economist of the National Association of Home Builders, announced at the 75th National Construction Forecast. Citing mortgage and credit problems; home sales, housing starts and permits all being down; and weak demand coupled with heavy inventory, he noted, “The question is will... more »
  • About 30,000 industry professionals will gather in Shanghai beginning November 14 for the fifth edition of Fenestration China, now said to be the largest window, door, skylight and curtainwall trade show in Asia. For the first time, this year’s event will feature a U.S. pavilion led by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Fenestration Rating Council. U.S.-based window industry... more »
  • Las Vegas—If the 2007 Remodeling Show is an indicator, the mood in the remodeling business is becoming more upbeat. A number of window and door manufacturers at the event, held here last week, reported that sales in the remodeling segment have really picked up during the second half of the year. Peachtree introduced a replacement version of its Series 700 clad-wood window in Las... more »
  • The Fenestration Manufacturers Association gathered in Daytona Beach, Fla., last week with window installation demonstrations, 2007 Florida code changes, HVAC education and energy efficiency updates at the top of the agenda. Manufacturers, suppliers and distributors to the Southeast region of the country gathered for the three-day event. Fresh on the heels of recently released FMA/AAMA 100... more »
  • Although housing starts reached a 14-year low in September and price declines are predicted through 2010, Susan Marvin, president of Marvin Windows & Doors, is optimistic about the company’s ability to thrive. Speaking at the Midwest Glass Conference hosted by the Minnesota Glass Association, she reviewed steps the window manufacturer has taken to continue to prosper and offered advice... more »
  • Last week, WDWeekly reported on a presentation made by Susan Marvin, president of Marvin Windows & Doors at the Midwest Glass Conference. Marvin also sat down with WDweekly, to answer a few questions. WDweekly: Marvin was a pioneer in developing a fiberglass product line. Why has Integrity Windows been successful, while other fiberglass window and door lines failed to catch on? Susan Marvin... more »
  • The new home construction downturn has claimed another victim at MI Windows & Doors, which announced this week that it will close its Millen, Ga., manufacturing plant. “Our decision to close the Millen facility has been extremely difficult,” says Matt DeSoto, president of the Eastern division. “Anytime we affect team members and their families by eliminating jobs it comes... more »
  • In a move to increase efficiency, publicly held PGT Industries has engaged in a restructuring plan that calls for reducing overhead and shaving one manufacturing shift off the schedule. In total, the plan is expected to save the company about $16 million. The Venice, Fla.-based manufacturer will reduce its “indirect workforce” by about 17 percent, resulting in an overall decrease of... more »
  • Acquired in July, software supplier Albat+Wirsam officially launched its new partnership with the Glaston Group at GlassBuild America earlier this month. Glaston is the new name for the Finnish company Kyro, combining the operations of Bavelloni and Tamglass, two suppliers of glass processing equipment. Albat+Wirsam continues to operate as an independent subsidiary, supplying software systems... more »