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  • Replacement window manufacturer VPI Quality Windows Inc. will nearly double its manufacturing space this summer when it relocates from its current facility in Spokane Valley, Wash., to nearby East Spokane. The company has purchased a 55,000-square-foot warehouse building and plans to complete an expansion project to add another 22,500 square feet. The price tag is around $1.3 million, according... more »
  • With growing demand for Super Spacer in the United Kingdom, Edgetech I.G. Inc. is investing in a new $4.4 million plant in Coventry, England, to produce the warm-edge spacer product. The new extrusion facility is expected to be operational this summer. “Edgetech’s UK market growth has been in excess of 300 percent in the last three years. With this type of market demand for our... more »
  • Fibertec Window & Door Manufacturing has moved to a new location two blocks from its former site in Concord, Ont. The 50,000-square-foot facility features increased automation and it enabled the company to add an insulating glass line, as well as a horizontal slider production line to compliment its existing products. The local move allows the producer to retain its current workforce,... more »
  • With its current lease set to expire in 2009, Harvey Industries has purchased a 30-acre site in Chicopee, Mass., for $1.8 million. The company plans to build a 200,000-square-foot manufacturing facility to replace its current building located in Springfield, Mass., though plans for groundbreaking are not yet definitive. The window and door manufacturer does, however, expect a construction... more »
  • What is the best way to reduce the likelihood of a child falling out of a window? This question has plagued our industry for a long time. Many possible solutions have been offered, including window guards, educating caregivers, security screens and minimum windowsill heights. Now a study group of the International Code Council’s code technology committee is considering a different... more »
  • Losing as much as $300 million in annual sales from its now scaled-back relationship with national retailer Home Depot, Masonite International Inc. expects to close four facilities, slow production at three other sites and eliminate about 20 percent of its global workforce. The retailer gave notice to the Mississauga, Ontario-based door producer that it would be transferring nearly all of its... more »
  • Doorjamb and other wood products manufacturer Oregon Woodworking Co. will close permanently in the coming months as a result of international competition, company officials report. The Bend, Ore.-based business will layoff its remaining staff of 30 workers, according to a local newspaper report. The company, established in 1993, will complete its existing orders before closing up shop. The... more »
  • Remodeling spending may be down this year, and again in 2008, but forecasters don’t expect the same sort of weakness that’s been evident in the new construction market. David Seiders, chief economist for the National Association of Home Builders, is expecting a decline of about 1.5 percent overall this year and perhaps another half a percent drop next year. Speaking as part of an... more »
  •   With new plans to add window profile extrusion to existing cellular PVC production, Royal Group has completed a 250,000 square foot expansion at its plant in Bristol, Tenn. With a total extrusion manufacturing footprint of 400,000 square feet, the Bristol facility produces Royal Mouldings’ line of cellular PVC decorative trim products, and will soon add extrusion for the company... more »
  • Washington, D.C.—“Is the housing correction over?” The answer is no, according to economists gathered in April for the National Association of Home Builders’ semi-annual construction forecast conference. The long-term outlook for homebuilding remains promising, but excess inventory and problems in the subprime mortgage market mean new residential construction will remain... more »