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  • A pioneering effort to measure wind-driven rain at structural height during hurricane landfall will be undertaken by wind engineering researchers at the University of Florida, with key funding underwritten by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association. The association is donating $60,000 to purchase a precipitation imaging probe designed to capture high-resolution measurements of... more »
  • Door exports from Mainland China are expected to top $2 billion in 2007—up from $1.3 billion in 2006, according to Global Sources’ China Sourcing Report: Doors 2007. “As overseas demand grows, many suppliers are moving away from the fiercely competitive domestic market,” says Spenser Au, an analyst with the Hong Kong-based company. The company surveyed Chinese door... more »
  • With a goal of bringing vinyl frame and sash production “up to the speed of Intercept,” GED Integrated Solutions is launching a new generation of smartVinyl i-3 equipment and software. Highlights of the new line include the smartFlyload pre-load station for its four-head horizontal welders and the smartClean i-3 two-headed corner cleaner featuring a dynamic tool path system that takes... more »
  • After several years of declines, window sales in Germany are increasing, according to a recent report from Vienna-based Interconnection Consulting. Unit volume was up 6.4 percent in 2006 to 11.4 million, and will continue to increase over the next several years. In the coming years, the growth rate will be weaker, but remain in the positive range, the firm predicts. It is expected that 12.3... more »
  • Quebec window and door manufacturer Groupe Bocenor Inc. will now be known as GBO Inc. and has added new products and marketing strategies in an attempt to spark profitability. “We’ve virtually rebuilt the company over the past two years since we emerged from a financial restructuring in 2004-2005,” said Dennis Wood, interim CEO, at the company’s annual meeting. “We... more »
  • Adding to its current locations in Pennsylvania, Jeld-Wen Inc. will begin construction on a new plant in September, according to the local Allentown, Pa., newspaper. The Schuylkill County facility will likely employ about 275 people. The paper reports that the Klamath Falls, Ore.-based manufacturer paid nearly $1.5 million for the 42-acre plot of land at Cass Township industrial park. Jeld-Wen... more »
  • National Vinyl Products recently joined the list of window manufacturers offering a product line that incorporates integrated sash technology from Sashlite Inc. The Chicopee, Mass.-based vinyl window manufacturer recently launched its Contempo line, targeting high-end remodeling dealers with the product. Based on initial response, the company is “expecting great things,” according to... more »
  • BiltBest Windows & Patio Doors, based in Ste. Genevieve, Mo., has signed a long-term labor agreement with its manufacturing employees. The contract incorporates a new gain-sharing program that “will cement a strong partnership between the company and its employees, and align all company resources in maintaining strong business relationships with its customers, meeting flexible... more »
  • A group of 12 investors, including some former executives from Simonton Windows, have launched a new vinyl window manufacturing operation. The company, called Wincore Windows & Doors, recently started production in a 50,000-square-foot facility in Parkersburg, W.Va. The company will draw on the experience of several industry veterans for leadership, including Rick Barton, who serves as... more »
  • ETC Laboratories will transition to an 83,000-square-foot facility in Rochester, N.Y., later this year. Company officials expect the new facility will be fully operational and accredited by early 2008. The new site, just a mile or so down the road from ETC’s current location near the Rochester airport, will feature 32 feet high bay space, four overhead cranes and three multi-use... more »