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  • Jeld-Wen Inc. has expanded its partnership with Brockway-Smith Co. to become its sole supplier of fiberglass doors. Also known as Brosco, the Andover, Mass.-based door, window and millwork distributor operates four facilities in the Northeast. The agreement pushes Jeld-Wen’s presence on the East Coast and gives the Klamath Falls, Ore.-based company a foothold in the growing fiberglass door... more »
  • Demand for windows and doors in China is projected to increase 11 percent per year through 2011, to 195 billion yuan ($26.5 billion), according to a new study from The Freedonia Group Inc. Outpacing growth in most other parts of the world, advances will be driven by healthy gains in building construction activity as industrialization efforts continue and personal and business income levels rise.... more »
  • In a move to grow its international molded interior door business, CMI has made an equity investment in Jilin Fudun Timber Co. A joint venture created by Yawei and TaFu, two Chinese companies, Fudun makes particleboard, door facings and related products at operations in Dunhua, Jilin Province, in China. CraftMaster Asia, a wholly owned subsidiary of CMI, will manage the partnership with... more »
  • U.S. companies and associations that attended Fenestration China 2007 in November say the event provided a stepping stone into the skyrocketing Chinese fenestration and glass industry. “For the industry, China is the biggest market in the world—the fastest growing. This year, it will be bigger than the U.S. market,” says James Gao, director of sales and marketing, Asia, for... more »
  • Huttig Building Products announced the consolidation and closing of distribution facilities in Greensburg, Penn., and Kansas City, Mo. The building products distributor will continue to service the Greensburg customer base from adjacent distribution facilities in Columbus, Ohio, and Lancaster, Penn., and will continue to service a significant portion of the Kansas City customer base from its... more »
  • The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance is offering two new publications.  The first is its  the IGMA 25-Year Field Correlation Study and the second is the new IGMAC Glass Design Software Program for the Canadian market. The field correlation report provides an update on the organization's research into long-term insulating glass unit performance in the field.... more »
  • The Association of Millwork Distributors discussed efforts to block proposed requirements for swing door testing and certification in the 2009 International Codes at its annual convention and exhibition here last week. In other business, AMD voted to change its bylaws to give supplier members a greater voice in the organization. The event featured a full day of educational presentations,... more »
  • Atis Group has acquired Phoenix Glass, a manufacturer of windows and doors for commercial and residential clients based on Annacis Island, south of Vancouver, B.C. Following up on the purchase of Allied Windows of Abbottsford, B.C., and Bestway of Calgary in late 2006, Atis Group reports that with the addition of Phoenix Glass, Western Canada will represent approximately 20 percent of its sales... more »
  • Shifting its business model in Florida from a builder-direct to a traditional distribution channel strategy, Atrium Cos. Inc. reports it is closing five of its six sales and distribution branches between now and the end of first quarter 2008. The company will maintain its Davie, Fla., operation and continue to operate its Atrium Shutters business from that location. “With housing starts in... more »
  • Tempe, Ariz.—The Department of Energy is on track to put revised Energy Star criteria for windows into effect by early 2009, according to Richard Karney, DOE Energy Star program manager, who spoke at the National Fenestration Rating Council fall meeting here in November. Karney said the DOE is working with manufacturers to learn what products are available in the marketplace and what... more »