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  • Las Vegas—Thousands of building industry professionals are gathering for the International Builders' Show, which opened here yesterday. Buoyed by the improving outlook in both the new construction and remodeling markets, a more optimistic mood is evident among exhibitors and attendees throughout the Las Vegas Convention Center. The number of window and door manufacturers bringing products... more »
  • The management team of MI Windows & Doors, with the support of Pete DeSoto and ShoreView Industries, a private equity firm based in Minneapolis, has successfully completed a transaction to purchase the Pennsylvania-based window and door manufacturer from JT Walker Industries. With the transition, ShoreView will hold a significant minority interest in MIWD. Pete DeSoto, previously MIWD ... more »
  • Hufcor Inc., a manufacturer of operable partitions based in Janesville, Wis., has teamed with Monarch Glass Wall Systems, a Canadian supplier of movable glass walls sytems, to offer a line of movable exterior glass wall systems and sliding doors targeted at the mainstream home building industry in the United States. The partnership is introducing the Monarch by Hufcor line at this week's... more »
  • Despite ongoing economic uncertainty, the Earthwise Group LLC, the national network of locally owned manufacturers of windows and doors, marked a solid year of growth at the close of 2012 The group reports a 16 percent increase in sales last year compared to 2011 figures. Residential remodeling remained a key component of the sales success, but the organization also witnessed an uptick in new... more »
  •   To increase lead safety and awareness of the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule, the Environmental Protection Agency began mailing postcards to uncertified renovation contractors in target areas, including states that lack an EPA-authorized RRP program and have significant amounts of older housing. According to an email update issued by EPA's Doreen Cantor Paster, the goal... more »
  • Oregon-based Jeld-Wen Inc. plans to open a composite doorskin manufacturing operation in North Wilkesboro, N.C., according to a press release from the Wilkes Economic Development Corp. The expansion will create about 50 new jobs and generate a capital investment of $4.8 million in production equipment and facility improvements at the manufacturers' existing facility in the city. The door and... more »
  • All signs point to a strong rebound for home improvement activity in 2013, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity released today by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. Robust spending in the second half of 2012 suggests the remodeling recovery is already underway, and the LIRA projects annual homeowner improvement spending will see accelerating double-... more »
  • Production has started once again at the G1 float glass line at AGC Glass Co. North America's Greenland, Tenn.-manufacturing plant. An official ceremony was conducted yesterday at the facility that included company, local and state officials. The G1 line will serve both architectural and automotive markets; producing both clear and tinted float glass. AGC has installed new state-of-the-art... more »
  • A year after fire destroyed its predecessor operation, Omniglass SCT has been formed to once again supply fiberglass window and door components to manufacturers.  Production of pultruded frames and components began in November 2012, at the company's new location inside the plant of Structural Composite Technologies, a producer of a variety of fiberglass processing equipment based in Winnipeg... more »
  • Beginning with the 2013 edition, Hanley Wood Exhibitions is changing the education and exhibit schedules of its annual Remodeling Show, as well as the co-located DeckExpo.  The exhibit hall will be open for two days, rather than three, and the the education program will be changed from four days to three.  The change is in response to feedback gathered from exhibiting companies as well... more »