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  • Just a year after transitioning the formerly wood producing Story City, Iowa, plant entirely to vinyl production (click here to read more), Pella Corp. has announced that it will close the facility in March, eliminating more than 240 positions. The manufacturer will use the 400,000-square-foot plant for storage. The manufacturer points to the housing crisis for the closure. “After doing... more »
  • With new financial backing from a U.S. private equity firm, Polar Window of Canada is aiming to grow both inside and outside its bases in Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton. In a deal that closed just before the end of the year, Cleveland, Ohio-based leveraged buyout firm The Riverside Company acquired Polar for an undisclosed sum. Polar’s strong regional brand, growth potential and... more »
  • Stripped down considerably from earlier versions, a new energy bill passed both Houses of Congress and was signed into law by President Bush on December 18, 2007. The Energy Security and Independence Act of 2007 primarily focuses on automobile fuel economy, with additional provisions for more efficient appliances and lighting, as well as some steps designed to increase efficiency of government... more »
  •   Ram Industries Inc., a Houston-based custom window manufacturer and distributor, has agreed to be purchased by a private investor for an undisclosed sum. The identity of the buyer was not released. The company retained an advisory firm, GW Equity, in late 2006 to help it identify a potential buyer. “With more than 20 successful years in the custom window industry, Ram... more »
  • Just weeks after announcing the closure of its West Virginia plant and months after announcing the closure of its Georgia plant, SNE Enterprises is sending nearly half of its Wisconsin workforce home to wait out the winter. The Mosinee, Wis., manufacturer of Crestline and Vetter windows and doors, will temporarily lay off 300 workers until the depressed housing market picks up in warmer months,... more »
  • SNE Enterprises, which manufactures Crestline and Vetter windows and doors and is part of the Peachtree Cos., will close its Huntington, W. Va., plant, permanently laying off 130 employees. The layoffs will begin in mid-March and continue through mid-May, when the facility will be permanently closed. The Peachtree Cos. is owned by the Schield family of Medford, Wis.; owners of Weather Shield... more »
  • January 2008 Solar Innovations broke ground in January on a $9.7-million manufacturing plant in Pine Grove, Penn. The producer of sloped overhead glazing products, skylights, folding glass doors, curtain wall, conservatories and a host of other related products expects to expand its 91-person workforce by another 48 positions.  Groundbreaking ceremonies for Solar Innovations... more »
  • Coming off a 2007 that outperformed 2006 by about 20 percent and expecting the same or a greater increase for 2008, Vinylmax has transitioned to its new facility in Hamilton, Ohio. The move adds more than 60,000 square feet of production space.  A move three years in the making, Vinylmax took occupancy of its new Hamilton, Ohio, production facility Jan. 2. The company retained... more »
  • Viwinco Inc., a long-time fabricator of CertainTeed brand windows and doors, has started production of its own line of Viwinco brand vinyl products. Initially targeting its existing customer base of wholesale distributors in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, the manufacturer is now offering three replacement lines, a new construction product and an impact-resistant window. “Our goal... more »
  • Precision Entry Inc. reports that effective January 1, its new name will be ProVia Door. Based in Sugarcreek, OH, the company currently operates under the Precision Entry, Sugarcreek Industries, and Monarch IG names, producing pre-hung entry doors, storm doors, windows and insulating glass. The new name, which translates as “the professional way,” embodies the organization’s... more »