January 4, 2011
The year-end deadline for homeowners to qualify for the $1,500 energy efficient product tax credit was expected to keep many window and door companies busy well into the holiday season. Simonton Windows reports production records were broken at its manufacturing facilities as employees worked seven days a week to fulfill the last minute demand.
“The week of December 12 was our busiest week... more »
January 3, 2011
Targeting builders, remodelers, contractors and architects, Pella Corp. is once again hosting a series of half-day trade events around the country designed to to provide updates on new building practices, products and services. With a theme of "Go for It!," events will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays at stadium arenas in major markets across the U.S. and Canada from January... more »
December 21, 2010
The Riverside Co., a Cleveland-based private equity group, has acquired a stake in replacement window maker Sunrise Windows from FdG Associates. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
“Sunrise has grown its sales every year since 1995 and has weathered the housing crisis because it is focused on the replacement market. They are a very strong company with great products,... more »
December 21, 2010
After closing its doors last week, Windowizards Inc., a Pennsylvania window dealer, resumed operations Monday. A statement from Harvey Goodman posted on the company Web site attributed the problems to lack of product from a supplier, although the supplier was not identified.
"As chairman of a family-owned company in operation for more than 50 years, I want to reassure our customers,... more »
December 17, 2010
Like the Senate on Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation last night extending the Bush tax cuts for another two years. Expected to be signed by President Obama today, the final bill features a tax credit of up to $200 for Energy Star-qualified windows and skylights and up to $500 for Energy Star-qualified doors for 2011.
"WDMA members and staff worked with... more »
December 15, 2010
Dove Vinyl Windows is expanding with plans to invest $2 million to open a new manufacturing operation in Pulaski County, Va. The Wilkes-Barre, Pa.-based manufacturer plans to create 100 new jobs at the 75,000-square-foot facility.
"The new plant is an important aspect to our current company objectives of strategically servicing our customers in existing markets and long-term goals as a... more »
December 14, 2010
After acquiring the assets of Lifetime Doors in October, Masonite International is now planning to close five of its six plants around the country, according to an article in the News-Gazette of Champaign, Ill.
Masonite is closing Lifetime's interior door manufacturing facilities in Watseka, Ill.; Easton, Pa.; Hearne, Texas; Los Banos, Calif., and Sacramento, Calif. It will continue... more »
December 14, 2010
Moving to consolidate production capacity to match market demand, Schield Family Brands plans to move certain assembly lines from its plant in Park Falls, Wis., to its facility in Mosinee, Wis., the company reports. The 400,000-square-foot plant in Park Falls has been predominantly focused on Weather Shield, Peachtree and Visions brand patio and entry doors and employs 158 workers.
Under the... more »
December 8, 2010
Simonton Windows and Therma-Tru Doors will be part of a new company focused on home and security products, as Fortune Brands Inc., plans to separate its three main business units. Its board of directors has voted to maintain Fortune Brands as a publicly-traded distilled spirits company, spinning off its home and security unit as an independent publicly-traded company with a tax-free sale to... more »
December 7, 2010
PGT Industries is closing its manufacturing plant in Salisbury, N.C., and transferring production operations to its headquarters facility in Venice, Fla. The manufacturer plans to implement the consolidation over the next 60 days and expects it to be complete by the end of the second quarter of 2011.
"We expect that the consolidation of manufacturing operations to our Florida... more »