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  • The Window & Door Manufacturers Association has released its legislative and regulatory policy agenda for 2012.  The 16-page document urges policymakers to consider incentives that would spur the purchase of energy efficient windows, doors and skylights, and also asks Congress to rein in the Environmental Protection Agency. "This new year brings an election, but it should not bring... more »
  • Western Window Systems was recently showcased as a “Manufacturing Marvel” on the Fox Business Channel.  The Arizona manufacturer was highlighted in a segment that aired on the cable news network in December. Produced by the Marvel Production Group, the Manufacturing Marvel segments appear on “Freedom Watch,” a talk show hosted by Judge Andrew Napolitano. The segments... more »
  • Sounding a positve note for the new year, Alside has opened its second Pittsburgh distribution operation.  The new 37,000-square-foot facility in Export, Pa., designed to serve the city's eastern suburbs, is the company's 100th supply center in the United States. “Instead of downsizing and cutting back during these difficult economic times, Alside is expanding and growing our business... more »
  • Amesbury Hardware Products in Sioux Falls, S.D., has been recognized as a SHARP work site by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration.     The safety team at Amesbury Door Hardware's Sioux Falls plant. SHARP, which stands for Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program, recognizes work sites that show an exemplary safety and health management program.... more »
  • SmartSync technology, being launched this week by Pella Windows & Doors at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, will integrate with Iris, the cloud-based home management system introduced last week by Lowe’s, the manufacturer reports. The two companies are rolling out their smart home products later this year.     SmartSync technology can help increase a home... more »
  • Ducana Windows & Doors, a vinyl window manufacturer based in Tilbury, Ontario, filed for bankruptcy last Friday, January 6, according to an article in a local newspaper.  The Chatham Daily News reported earlier in the week that the company had closed its doors and ceased operations with the start of the new year.  Employees were notified via email on December 31 with little... more »
  • At the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, Pella Windows & Doors is introducing SmartSync.  The new technology offers an integrated system that allows shades or blinds to be controlled simply by a remote control or by a home or building automation system through Web-enabled devices like computers and most smart phones. The new Pella offering, to be rolled out... more »
  • The U.S. Department of Energy is organizing an interactive planning session for optimizing the progress of its High Performance Windows Volume Purchase Program. The focus of the webinar session, scheduled for February 2 at 2 p.m. EST, is to discuss future strategies for the program, organizers note. Primary goals to be addressed include increasing the market share of high-performance windows... more »
  • The National Fenestration Rating Council has revised its annual meeting cycle to include two meetings rather than three. This change will take effect during 2012. This new cycle is a result of direct requests from many stakeholders who stated they didn’t have enough time to meet and invest the work needed  to move the NFRC’s important programs forward, explainsCheryl Gendron,... more »
  • Home improvement retailer Lowe's is entering the emerging smart home market, with the launch of Iris set for the middle of this year.  Therma-Tru Doors is one of its initial partners, with plans to develop and incorporate a monitoring system for homeowners that can be used in conjunction with Benchmark by Therma-Tru entry doors sold at Lowe's. Said to be an affordable, cloud-based home... more »