2017 Hurricane Coverage

The hurricanes that swept across the nation this fall caused tragic loss of life, and stunning damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure. The fenestration industry has responded with donations and other assistance, and is gearing up to tackle the rebuilding process.

Click the links below to see our coverage to date on the 2017 hurricanes, their impact, and recovery efforts, and be sure to follow us on Twitter for updates on this and other news.

YKK AP Employees Gather Aid for Puerto Rico
Hurricane Maria's devastation of Puerto Rico also impacted family members of YKK AP employees. In response YKK AP employees developed a plan to help those in need. 

Hurricanes Push Down Housing Production in September
Nationwide housing starts fell 4.7 percent in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.13 million units, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department.

Wind and Water Codes Covered at AAMA Conference
The timely topic of wind and water-related codes was addressed at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association 2017 National Fall Conference. Dan Lavrich, P.E. and owner of Lavrich & Associates Consulting Engineers presented "Wind, Water, Codes, Coverage: Myths & Realities." 

Andersen Donates $325,000 to Support Disaster Relief Efforts
Andersen Corporation and the Andersen Corporate Foundation are providing $325,000 in monetary support and product donations to help the people and communities impacted by Hurricanes Maria, Irma and Harvey.

Wakefield Equipment Donates to Greater Houston Community Foundation Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts
As Texas begins its road to recovery after Hurricane Harvey’s devastating effects, Wakefield Equipment donated $5,000 to the Greater Houston Community Foundation’s relief efforts.

PGT Innovations to Assess Damage Post-Irma
Engineers from PGT Innovations Inc. joined a statewide effort to assess post-storm building damage. Dean Ruark, director of product management, PGT Innovations, and an expert in building codes, as well as PGTI professional engineers Lynn Miller and Robert Beaird, will contribute to a study led by the University of Florida to examine the impact of Hurricane Irma on buildings and infrastructure throughout the state.

GlassBuild America Pledges $15,000 for Industry Hurricane Relief
On the final day of GlassBuild America 2017, the National Glass Association and the Window & Door Dealers Alliance announced a pledge of $15,000 in hurricane relief to help employees of industry companies in the areas hardest hit by recent hurricanes.

Initial Reports Post-Irma Present Positive Building Codes Story, but More Work to Be Done
Residents throughout the state of Florida are cleaning up after Hurricane Irma and taking stock of how homes and businesses fared during the storm. While there are still many unanswered questions about the extent of the destruction caused by Irma, early indications seem to show that more stringent building code requirements, including those for impact glazing, kept newly built homes and buildings more secure than during past storms.

Masonite Resumes Operations
Masonite International Corporation provided an update regarding the impact to its operations from Hurricane Irma. In addition to its corporate offices, Masonite operates its Digital Innovation Center and three manufacturing plants in Florida, as well as several plants in adjacent states that experienced severe weather conditions.

Natural Disasters May Delay Lead Times at Glazing Facilities
A number of fenestration industry companies reported delays due to recent natural disasters.

Irma Moves through Florida and Mid-Atlantic Regions, Leaving Destruction, Uncertainty
Hurricane Irma hit the southeastern United States on Sunday, Sept. 10, bringing severe damage to the Florida Keys as a Category 4 hurricane with 130 miles per hour winds, before making landfall twice along the Florida coast, according to reports from the National Weather Service. 

PGT Innovations Helps with Irma Relief, Confirms Plants Were Not Damaged
PGT Innovations Inc. is providing assistance to its employees, customers and communities as they recover from Hurricane Irma. The company’s facilities were not damaged and its inventories were not harmed.

Harvey’s Rains and Flooding Continue in Texas; Effects on Local Window and Door Industry Still Uncertain
Tropical Storm Harvey continues to bring heavy rains and catastrophic flooding to Houston and other parts of southeast Texas, according to a report this morning from the National Weather Service. The storm, which first hit the Gulf Coast on Friday as a Category 4 hurricane before being downgraded to a tropical storm, has created life-threatening and devastating flood conditions in the area.