ECMD Closing A&H Windows

September 17, 2009

North Carolina-based A&H Window Co. is ceasing operations in November, according to a statement released on September 14 by parent company, ECMD Inc. The company attributes the decision to "the dramatic decline in new home construction" and resulting reduced demand for premium windows and doors.

A&H, which shares part of a 144,000-square-foot plant in North Wilkesboro with EastCoast Mouldings, another ECMD division, had manufactured vinyl, clad and composite windows. The window and door unit, which has about 60 employees, had been working to re-brand itself as Avonni WIndows & Doors in recent years, with a focus on high-end aluminum-clad products.  

A&H Window now accounts for only 4 percent of ECMD's overall sales volume, "an amount too small for it to remain a viable operating division of our company," according to statement.  The decision has no affect on the company's other operating divisions, it is noted.

"While this marks the end of ECMD's participation in the window and door marketplace, it reinforces our focus on the products and operations that better leverage our industry-leading core competencies of manufacturing, distribution, and supply-chain management," the release stated.  "In fact, as our presence in the window and door business has diminished, ECMD's other operating divisions have expanded geographically and grown to become major suppliers of mouldings, stair parts, and building products, while the EastCoast Mouldings, Crown Heritage Stairs and Arndt & Herman Building Products brands have become among the most respected and tenured in the industry."