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Mary Rita Dominic Joins Deceuninck as Quality Manager

Written on July 31, 2014 at 21:40

Deceuninck North America named Mary Rita Dominic as quality manager. In this role, she will direct the entire organization in the development and implementation of state-of-the-art quality systems and develop the skills of the quality team, as well as the other functional teams of the organization, Deceuninck reports. 

“Mary Rita comes to Deceuninck with more than 30 years of industry experience and expertise in a range of technologies, including PVC,” says Scott Sheffield, vice president of operations of Deceuninck North America. “Managing quality plays a vital role at every level of our organization, from design and compounding to tooling and extrusion. On behalf of Deceuninck, I am pleased to welcome Mary Rita to her new role.”

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Jeld-Wen Partners with Pilkington and ERA Hardware for U.K. Manufacturing

Written on July 31, 2014 at 09:39

Jeld-Wen finalized two new exclusive partnerships in the United Kingdom, with glass and glazing company Pilkington and hardware specialist ERA. Jeld-Wen’s e range of U.K.-manufactured casement windows, patio and exterior doorsets now come factory fitted with Pilkington glass as standard, while all hardware for windows and U.K.-manufactured external doorsets will be supplied by ERA.

The new Pilkington glass and ERA partnerships will form part of Jeld-Wen’s standard window specifications. Windows and doorsets will contain Pilkington energiKare energy-efficient double or triple glazing to provide high quality and performance, the company reports. They will also benefit from ERA’s multi-point locking systems and projecting hinges, which offer controlled openings, all with a 10-year guarantee.

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Masco Corp. Reports Increased Q2 Profits

Written on July 30, 2014 at 21:39

Masco Corp. announced that adjusted operating profit grew by 21 percent in its second quarter. Net sales from continuing operations rose 5 percent to $2.3 billion, up from $2.1 billion for the second quarter of 2013.  North American sales increased 4 percent, and international sales increased 9 percent in U.S. dollars.

“We delivered a solid second quarter marked by revenue growth and strong profitability,” says Masco president and CEO, Keith Allman. “Our focus on our key priorities, which include growing share of our market-leading brands, accelerating our customer-focused innovation pipeline, further penetrating international markets and driving operational leverage through cost containment, was demonstrated in our performance despite a more moderate housing recovery.” 

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AAMA Releases Updated Voluntary Specification for Sash Balances

Written on July 30, 2014 at 21:39

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association released AAMA 902-14, “Voluntary Specification for Sash Balances.” This document establishes the requirements for the materials, testing and performance for sash balances used in hung-type windows. It also provides rating criteria and test procedures for qualifying balances to two performance levels and six MAF Classifications.

“The original goal was to break apart the balance requirements for residential and commercial windows and have a rating system to distinguish the two,” says Gary Newman, Amesbury + Truth, chair of the Sash Balance Review Task Group.

Newman adds that windows will be tested through 5,500 cycles instead of just 4,000 as previously required. “The MAF requirement is now checked both before and after the cycle testing for the A balances. For the B balances, you only test before,” Newman says. “This updated document now gives manufacturers a little more freedom to decide the best balance for their products. There’s quite a different set of requirements between manufacturers, and this lets them find a balance that satisfies the needs based on that manufacturer. This lets manufacturers make that judgment call.”

AAMA 902-14, along with other AAMA documents, may be purchased from AAMA’s Publication store.

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Fenestration Expert to Provide Installer Perspective on Profitability at 2014 GlassBuild America

Written on July 29, 2014 at 21:38

Fenestration expert Jim Snyder will offer an installer perspective on how window and door dealers can reduce field errors, increase sales, create happier customers and ultimately increase profits during the Express Learning session, “What Installers Want You to Know: The Pathway to Profit” at GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window Door Expo. The free, 20-minute session will take place Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 1:30 p.m. in the Express Learning Theatre on the Las Vegas Convention Center show floor.

“Installers have a unique perspective that is invaluable to profit,” says Snyder, who is a frequent contributor to Window Door. “They are hands-on with the product, spend the most time on the job, and in many cases, the most time with the client.”

Having spent two decades in the field himself, Snyder is a technical writer, trainer and project/product consultant for the fenestration industry, and has documented and cataloged many years of fenestration-related activities. An active member of AAMA, FMA and WDDA, his weekly blog at windowjim.com ties field-related topics to the rest of the industry. 

Designed by the content experts at Glass Magazine and Window Door, official publications of the National Glass Association, Express Learning sessions will take place throughout each day of GlassBuild America and will feature a mix of industry expert and staff-led topics. The sessions are free to all registered attendees. For the complete Express Learning schedule, visit www.glassbuildamerica.com

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How Do You Research New Products?

Written on July 29, 2014 at 21:38

Here at Window Door and the Window Door Dealers Alliance, we are immersed in planning for GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window Door Expo, Sept. 9-11 in Las Vegas. Having attended the big event for many years, I know it’s a great place to explore the new products and technology available in the window and door market. And according to last week’s poll, new products are top of mind for many companies in our industry.

What role do trade shows play in your company’s new product development process? Do you use these events to learn about new offerings from manufacturers or suppliers? Or do you have another go-to approach? Please participate in this week’s poll and share your thoughts in the comment section. 

What is your preferred method to research new products?

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Chase is editorial director of Window Door, and its sister publication, Glass Magazine. Write her at jchase@glass.org.

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PGT to Acquire CGI Windows & Doors

Written on July 29, 2014 at 09:37

PGT Inc. will join forces with another major player in the impact-resistant window and door market, as it has entered into a definitive agreement with CGI Windows Doors Holdings Inc., whereby CGI will become a wholly owned subsidiary of PGT. The transaction, valued at approximately $111 million, is consistent with PGT’s plan to grow strategically while contributing to earnings growth through targeted acquisitions of complementary specialty products, the company reports. The acquisition is expected to be complete by 2015.

“The acquisition of CGI Windows Doors is consistent with our stated growth plan to acquire revenue generating products that leverage our core capabilities,” says Rod Hershberger, chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of PGT. “More importantly, as we learned more about CGI and met with their team, it became clear that our respective missions and cultures are really well aligned.”

Subject to customary closing conditions, the transaction is expected to close in September. Deutsche Bank and Keybanc NA have committed to providing a long-term debt facility of $235 million which, together with cash on hand, will be used to consummate the acquisition, repay existing indebtedness and for general corporate purposes. 

“A very exciting time for both companies, as this strategic and complementary combination will bring significant benefits to our collective customers,” says Steve Dawson, executive vice president of Sales of CGI. “Our customers can expect to benefit from expanded product portfolios and increased manufacturing capabilities.”

After the transaction closes:

  • CGI will continue to operate and manufacture products in Miami, Fla.
  • CGI will remain a separate and distinct brand in the marketplace.
  • Both Companies will leverage best-practices and synergies to provide incremental value to employees, customers, business partners and stockholders.

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HUD Begins Process of Adopting AAMA Standards for Fenestration in Manufactured Housing

Written on July 28, 2014 at 21:37

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s current standards pertaining to fenestration in manufactured housing have been recommended for adoption by the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The MHCC is a statutory Federal Advisory Committee body charged with providing recommendations to the HUD Secretary on the revision and interpretation of HUD’s manufactured home construction and safety standards, and related procedural and enforcement regulations.

The AAMA standards recommended for adoption include: 1701.2-12, “Voluntary Standard for Utilization in Manufactured Housing for Primary Windows and Sliding Glass Doors;” 1702.2-12, “Voluntary Standard for Utilization in Manufactured Housing for Swinging Exterior Passage Doors;” and 1704-12 “Voluntary Standard Egress Window Systems for Utilization in Manufactured Housing.”

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FlexScreen Partners with Ventana USA for Midwest Distribution

Written on July 25, 2014 at 21:30

FlexScreen partnered with Ventana USA to open its first manufacturing facility in the Pittsburgh area. The 44,000-square-foot manufacturing facility will operate under the name FlexScreen Pittsburgh LLC and will supply fabricated FlexScreen window screens to the Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and Eastern Michigan markets. With the new facility, customers will be able to order FlexScreen window screens electronically and have them manufactured to size as well as labeled and delivered to meet their production requirements, FlexScreen officials report.  

“We couldn’t have found a better partner to align ourselves with than Ventana USA,” says Joe Altieri, FlexScreen president. “Their commitment to quality, product innovation and customer service will drive the success of the FlexScreen product in this market.”

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Builders FirstSource Reports Highest Sales since 2006

Written on July 25, 2014 at 21:30

Builders FirstSource achieved its highest sales level since 2006 as it swung to a profit in the second quarter ended June 30, the company reported in its second quarter results released July 24.

  • Second quarter 2014 sales increased 7.1 percent to $426.5 million, when compared to the second quarter of 2013. 
  • Gross margin percentage improved to 22.0 percent, up from 20.7 percent in the second quarter of 2013. Gross margin percentage increased primarily due to improved customer pricing versus the second quarter of 2013.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $20.4 million, up $3.6 million over the second quarter of 2013. 
  • Completed the acquisition of Slone Lumber Company on June 30th, increasing the company’s presence in the greater Houston market.

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