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  • ThermoView Industries Inc.’s CEO Larry Smith has led a management buyout of the company and its subsidiaries from the private equity firm that purchased it while it was reorganizing under Chapter 11. Blackstreet Capital Management (formerly Milestone Capital Management), a Washington, DC, firm, had purchased the company in 2005. “We are pleased to conclude the sale of ThermoView,... more »
  • Woodgrain Millwork has acquired Monarch Windows & Doors, an Anniston, AL, manufacturer that serves the Southeast United States. Monarch has more than 200,000 square feet of production space and about 200 employees. The company did not disclose the terms of the deal. “Monarch Windows and Woodgrain Millwork have cultures, values and business models that align extremely well,” says... more »
  • Following up on its November 20 acquisition of Allied Windows in British Columbia, the Atis Group has added Bestway, a Calgary-based manufacturer of vinyl windows and steel doors. The acquisition of Bestway, actually completed by Allied, further strengthens the Montreal-based Atis Group’s presence in Western Canada. Formerly known as Focus Doors and Windows, the Atis Group is now composed... more »
  • Toronto—Canadian suppliers took center stage at Win-Door North America, with several rolling out new products at the November event. The annual trade show sponsored by the Canadian Window & Door Manufacturers Association featured 165 exhibitors and attracted about 3,000 people, up 10 percent from the 2005 edition. Some of the biggest news at the show came on the door side, with Royal... more »
  • Grapevine, TX—After an unexpected year off in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Association of Millwork Distributors’ exhibit hall reopened in October in Grapevine, TX, with nearly 150 vendors ready to show off their latest and greatest offerings. From wood species to door finishes, hardware to high performance components, the common theme among exhibitors seemed to be that more... more »
  • Chicago—Attendees didn’t need a fortune cookie to figure out that 2006 was effectively the “Year of the Door” at the Remodeling Show. Around every corner, window and door manufacturers greeted building professionals with decorative entry door systems and large, high-performance patio doors as prominent features in their booths. The show, hosted by Hanley-Wood Exhibitions... more »
  • Las Vegas—Home building is “going vertical,” with more multi-family housing and higher density single-family developments. That was one of the predictions made by a panel of builders and residential architects discussing housing in the year 2020 as part of a panel discussion here at the fall meeting of the Window & Door Manufacturers Association. A variety of other speakers... more »
  • Las Vegas—By opposing the use of PVC and lumber in buildings, environmental extremists are hampering green building efforts and the drive for real sustainability, according to one of Greenpeace’s founders, speaking at the fall meeting of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association in October. The event also saw an update on AAMA’s plans to expand its certification... more »