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  • In an effort to attract more talent and ease current employee commutes, Pella Corp. plans to open a satellite office just outside of Des Moines in Johnston, Iowa, this April. December employment statistics revealed Iowa had the lowest unemployment rate in the nation at 2.5 percent, which has made filling open job positions a struggle for many Iowa employers. The company hopes this move might help... more »
  • Roto North America received an award for successfully integrating Roto Fasco Canada into the Roto Group. Since the company acquired Fasco in 2012, it says it has grown by double-digit figures each year. Roto Group also invested in the infrastructure of Roto Fasco Canada, which has resulted in manufacturing capability, production space and employee growth, the company reports. This award, in... more »
  • TruStile Doors broke ground on its Denver headquarters, which will include 260,000 square feet of manufacturing, warehouse and office space. The company currently operates in about half the square footage at four buildings. “To have the power of our collective operations under one new roof is a significant advancement for our team and our future innovations,” says CEO Scott Schmid.... more »
  • Builder confidence for newly built single-family homes rose two points to 58 this month in the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, buoyed in part by interest rates sitting just below 4.5 percent, according to the National Association of Home Builders. “The gradual decline in mortgage rates in recent weeks helped to sustain builder sentiment,” says NAHB Chairman Randy Noel, adding... more »
  • Diamon-Fusion International and Durabuilt Windows & Doors entered a supply partnership in which Diamon-Fusion’s protective coating will be applied to Durabuilt’s windows. The optically clear protective coating chemically bonds to the glass to make it a high-performance, hydrophobic surface and protect it against staining and etching, according to DFI. Supra Canada, DFI’s... more »
  • The American Architectural Manufacturers Association hired Kathy Krafka Harkema as its codes and regulatory affairs manager.   “We know Kathy from her previous time as a member and organization leader,” says Steven Saffell, AAMA technical manager. “Kathy has contributed to the fenestration industry for many years and has had an accomplished career in marketing and... more »
  •   Kolbe Windows & Doors will introduce two hardware options to coordinate with its VistaLuxe Collection next month at the International Builders’ Show. The metal construction Ashlar handle comes standard on VistaLuxe Collection casements and awnings and is available as an option for Ultra Series and Heritage Series. Available in white, satin nickel, rustic umber and matte... more »
  • Nearly all respondents (87.6 percent) to the 2018 Off-Site Construction Industry Survey from the National Institute of Building Sciences Off-Site Construction Council indicated they had used offsite fabricated components in the past 12 months. NIBS defines offsite construction as “the planning, design, fabrication and assembly of building elements at a location other than their final point... more »
  • The NAHB Remodeling Market Index posted a score of 57 in the fourth quarter of 2018, only one point lower than the previous quarter. The score has held steady above 50 since the second quarter of 2013, which indicates more remodelers report market activity is higher compared to the prior quarter than report it is lower. Areas of market concern include rising labor and input costs, according to... more »
  • Gains in renovation and repair spending on owner-occupied homes in the U.S. will fall from 7.5 percent in 2018 to 5.1 percent in 2019, according to the most recent Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity from the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. Chris Herbert, managing director of JCHS, attributes the slowdown to slowing house price... more »