April 28, 2009
The House Energy and Commerce Committee began hearings last week on global warming legislation, designed to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions about 80 percent from today's levels by 2050 and increase energy independence. Backed by the Obama Administration, the bill would establish a cap-and-trade system that would use market forces to encourage utilities, industrials users and others to... more »
April 28, 2009
VPI Windows credits its record sales to its new manufacturing space, as well as to agility that came from an ERP upgrade and a product redesign.
Having completed its move to a 90,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Spokane, Wash., VPI Windows is positioned to have another record year in sales, despite the limping economy, company officials report. The company moved from its... more »
April 27, 2009
Vice President Joe Biden, along with U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Roland Burris and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, visited the former Republic Windows & Doors facility, now owned by Serious Materials, on Monday. Biden came to the plant, which attracted national attention when it was shut down by the previous owners last December, to demonstrate his support for the creation of new green... more »
April 23, 2009
Following its work with the National Association of Home Builders to develop the National Green Building Standard for residential projects, the International Code Council has initiated a “Green Building Code Development Project” targeted at the commercial market. The objective of the project is to develop a green building code for traditional and high-performance buildings that... more »
April 22, 2009
Window and door manufacturers, distributors and dealers, including many leading names in the industry, were among 13,500 employers nationwide that recently received letters from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Designed as a proactive step to encourage employers to take action, the letters notified companies that that their injury and illness rates "are... more »
April 21, 2009
Rep. Jim Gerlach of the Pennsylvania 6th district visited Viwinco Inc.'s window fabrication facility in Morgantown, Pa., on April 20. David Barnes, Viwinco president, welcomed the congressman and provided a plant tour.
“This business is more involved and complicated than people realize,” noted Gerlach as he walked through the facility... more »
April 20, 2009
Masonite International Inc. reports that it continues to make good progress in implementing its pre-negotiated debt restructuring plan and is on track to complete its financial reorganization within the next few months.
Last week, the door manufacturer received final court authorization to continue to meet its obligations to trade suppliers on normal terms in the ordinary course of business... more »
April 14, 2009
Ply Gem Industries Inc. intends to consolidate production across several of its manufacturing facilities to improve its overall operating efficiency. The moves include closure of a one-time MW Windows window and door manufacturing facility in Tupelo, Miss., and consolidation of window lineal production at its Rocky Mount, Va., plant.
The Cary, N.C., based company,... more »
April 13, 2009
Cascade Windows, based in Spokane, Wash., and LbL Windows, based in Troutdale, Ore., are merging. The newly-combined company becomes one of the leading window manufacturers in the Northwest, with one of the most extensive window and door product lines available anywhere, officials state.
With manufacturing operations in Spokane and Salt Lake City, Cascade... more »
April 12, 2009
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association is gearing up for its national summer conference, scheduled for May 31 through June 3 at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis. Hot topics at the meeting include a new strategic plan for the organization and an open forum on a possible change to extend the life of air-water-structural test reports from four years to as long as eight years... more »