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  • The ProShield product line, produced by Weather Shield Windows & Doors, has earned third-party certification for recycled material content—the first ever issued to a window by Scientific Certification Systems. The designation confirms that ProShield products meet the criteria for stated recycled content claims. With wood interior and vinyl exterior, ProShield windows and patio... more »
  • Sample case and display manufacturer DAC Products Inc. has purchased 21C Retail Arts, a showroom design firm that has worked for clients such as Ralph Lauren, Lazy Boy, Nextel, Sprint and Basset Furniture. Based in North Carolina, DAC supplies a variety of window, door and building product manufacturers with product displays, carrying cases, graphics and demonstration tools. “We have... more »
  • Atrium Cos. will close its nearly 80,000-square-foot vinyl window manufacturing facility located in Shelton, CT, by March. The closure will affect about 60 employees, the company reports. Former Shelton customers will be transitioned to the company’s Welcome, NC, facility, which already produces more than half of the total product for customers in the Northeast region. “Market... more »
  • Andersen Corp. employees will receive their annual profit-sharing checks in mid-February, which this year will equal 22 percent of their salaries. The company will distribute the money to 6,000 workers, including those whose manufacturing positions were eliminated with layoffs January 2. “Despite the significant downturn in the housing market, the combination of a broader portfolio of... more »
  • With just a final nod from newly-elected Florida Governor Charlie Crist, the Florida “Panhandle exemption” from the building code will be eliminated, putting the entire state on equal footing. On January 22, the Legislature approved an insurance bill that includes the stricter codes for Northwest Florida, from Franklin County to the Alabama border. The proposed law would have the... more »
  • Pella Corp. will dedicate its Story City, IA, plant to solely vinyl production this year, adding about 100 jobs in the process. Formerly, the Story City facility produced Pella’s wood window lines, but market demand encouraged the company to shift that location’s focus to production of the ThermaStar by Pella vinyl product line, which is sold through Lowe’s Home Improvement... more »
  • International Aluminum Corp., parent of International Window Corp. and U.S. Aluminum, has entered into an agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of Genstar Capital LLC. The San Francisco-based private equity group is offering $53 per share for the publicly traded International Aluminum in a transaction valued at approximately $228 million. International Aluminum has unanimously approved the... more »
  • ThermoView Industries Inc.’s CEO Larry Smith has led a management buyout of the company and its subsidiaries from the private equity firm that purchased it while it was reorganizing under Chapter 11. Blackstreet Capital Management (formerly Milestone Capital Management), a Washington, DC, firm, had purchased the company in 2005. “We are pleased to conclude the sale of ThermoView,... more »
  • Woodgrain Millwork has acquired Monarch Windows & Doors, an Anniston, AL, manufacturer that serves the Southeast United States. Monarch has more than 200,000 square feet of production space and about 200 employees. The company did not disclose the terms of the deal. “Monarch Windows and Woodgrain Millwork have cultures, values and business models that align extremely well,” says... more »
  • Following up on its November 20 acquisition of Allied Windows in British Columbia, the Atis Group has added Bestway, a Calgary-based manufacturer of vinyl windows and steel doors. The acquisition of Bestway, actually completed by Allied, further strengthens the Montreal-based Atis Group’s presence in Western Canada. Formerly known as Focus Doors and Windows, the Atis Group is now composed... more »