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  • Loewen, the manufacturer of high-end wood windows and doors based in Steinbach, Manitoba, has been acquired by a group of investors, including Charles Loewen; Clyde Loewen; Al Babiuk, president and CEO; members of management; and other private investors.  The company was owned by the Loewen family until July 2010 when it was acquired by VKR Holding A/S of Denmark. Established in 1905, the... more »
  • Building products distributor ABC Supply Co., Inc. has acquired the distribution assets of Sellmore Industries, a distributor of roofing, siding and windows with locations in Baltimore; Philadelphia; Buffalo, N.Y.; and Hagerstown, Md.  Sellmore Industries’ vinyl window manufacturing operation in Buffalo was not part of the acquisition and will continue functioning as a separate... more »
  • Through 2017, global demand for windows and doors is expected to rise 7.1 percent annually to $223 billion, significantly exceeding the growth rate of the 2007-2012 period, according to a new study from the Freedonia Group Inc. Growth will be driven by recoveries in the building construction markets of many developed countries, although gains will be somewhat exaggerated by a weak 2012 base,... more »
  • Window and door manufacturers and component suppliers joined more than 700 exhibitors at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver last week for the AIA 2013 National Convention and Design Exposition, sponsored by the American Institute of Architects. While many exhibitors reported attendance was down from the 2012 event in Washington, D.C., most attributed the lighter traffic to the location... more »
  • In 1888, William Caldwell and Allen Boucher changed the way double-hung windows are made with the development of the clockspring counterbalance, which replaced the old pulley and weight system used for centuries. The partners formed Caldwell Manufacturing Co. to produce the new hardware, and the company is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. The Boucher family, now in its fourth... more »
  • PulteGroup, the national homebuilder that sells its products under the Pulte Homes, Centex, DiVosta and Del Webb brands, is partnering with PGT Industries to have the manufacturer supply its windows and doors to all Pulte communities in South Florida.  The deal includes products from PGT's impact-resistant WinGuard line. "We appreciate the confidence PulteGroup sees in the PGT brand,... more »
  • A majority of independent distribution agreements involving Brio architectural sliding and folding door hardware and retractable screens have ended, according to Brio USA, Inc.  As of this month, the Rochester, N.Y.-based operation is servicing North American door and window manufacturers and fabricators on a direct basis. Hardware from the Australia-based Brio has been available in North... more »
  • Andersen Windows has launched virtual versions of its popular Home Style Library pattern books as two iPad apps. Available free in the iTunes App Store, the tablet-friendly apps are designed to give homeowners, architects, builders and remodelers resources to understand and discuss the elements of architectural style at any stage of the building process.     A screen shot from... more »
  • Winchester Industries, the manufacturer of Bristol and Oxford replacement windows and doors, has hired Henry “Chip” Schildmeier, as its new national sales manager. With 23 years of window sales experience, he is responsible for growing the Pennsylvania-based manufacturer's dealer sales program.   Schildmeier is said to bring a great deal of enthusiasm and knowledge to... more »
  • Home builders and lumber dealers are reporting significant shortages of key home building materials such as lumber and wall board, according to recent surveys by the National Association of Home Builders and the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association. "Supply constraints are one of the barriers to a more robust recovery," says David Crowe, NAHB chief economist. "... more »