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  • ATech Machine has signed an agreement with Murat Machine of Turkey to represent its line of window and door equipment in the North American market for window and door machinery and equipment. A manufacturer of vinyl machinery since 1983, Murat Machine operates an 85,000-square-foot facility in Istanbul, where it has a staff of approximately 150 people. In the past three years alone, Murat... more »
  • “In response to a demand from the marketplace for an organization that holds all members on an equal standing,” the American Pre-Hung Door Association has been formed. With about 20 members currently, APHDA recently launched a Web site to spread the word about the new group to the industry. The new organization has no specific meeting plans yet, but is looking to host roundtable... more »
  • Huntington Beach, Calif.—Industry frustration with the National Fenestration Rating Council’s new program for commercial products dominated much of the discussion at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance meetings held concurrently here last week. A Possible Alternative Within the AAMA meetings, the discussions centered on... more »
  • Wheeler’s Building Materials has expanded with the addition of a 177,000-square-foot manufacturing and distribution facility in Charlotte, N.C. To better serve the greater Atlanta area, it also plans to move its existing window production in Cumming, Ga., to a new location in Gwinnett, Ga. The company began manufacturing and distributing windows, doors and trim from the new North Carolina... more »
  • Gorell Windows & Doors has expanded manufacturing operations at its Indiana, Penn., facility by adding 50,000 square feet of space. The company reports needing additional space to keep up with production demands, particularly to accommodate a fully automated specialty glass-cutting machine recently installed for its new line of hurricane impact products. The company reports that other new... more »
  • CraftMaster Manufacturing Inc. has wrapped up construction of its new interior door production facility in Garland, Texas, located just northeast of Dallas. The facility measures 253,000 square feet and will be the company’s third door manufacturing facility. CMI announced the expansion last November and had expected the plant to be online in the second quarter of this year. The company... more »
  • Employees of Hurd Windows & Doors voted last week to deunionize the company’s Merrill, Wis., facility. The dissolution of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America union follows similar moves at the manufacturer’s Medford, Wis., facilities earlier this year. The Merrill facilities were the last in the company network to be represented by a union. “We... more »
  • Huntington Beach, Calif.—Globalization is moving faster than we realize, but the U.S. economy remains one of the most vibrant in the world, said Stuart Varney, a financial journalist with Fox News Network, speaking this week to the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance. The two organizations are hosting their summer meetings... more »
  • Jacksonville, Fla.—There’s a lot of activity in the Southeast region of the country, not only with the severe weather but with the building science and protective measures that come as a result. Helping manufacturers keep up with the changes in the market, the Fenestration Manufacturers Association met in April with speakers scheduled to explore legal issues, the science behind... more »
  • A deal in Britain is bringing two suppliers together and to the North American window and door industry—Schlegel Building Products and the Amesbury Group. On Monday, Lupus Capital plc, a London-based specialty investment firm that acquired Schlegel last year, added Amesbury with the purchase of the security systems unit of the UK-based Laird Group. With the transaction, Schlegel’s U... more »