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  • As part of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s national fall conference, conducted this week in Orlando, members got an up close look at the University of Florida’s hurricane simulation equipment. The portable hurricane wind simulator, transported from its home in Gainesville, Fla., to the meeting location, is the mechanism by which Dr. Forrest Masters’... more »
  • Barber & Ross Co. has filed a petition to shift the involuntary Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition it’s facing over to the realm of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding, allowing the owner to reorganize the company. The window, door and millwork producer is facing many creditors, including banks, suppliers, tax agencies and employees, according to the local newspaper, The Winchester Star.... more »
  • The U.S. Department of Energy has sent a letter to stakeholders in the Energy Star windows, doors and skylights program officially announcing it is beginning a criteria review and revision process to set new requirements for products to carry the Energy Star label. In the October 9 letter, Richard Karney, Energy Star program manager, notes that DOE is considering a variety of adjustments to the... more »
  • 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 »