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PGT to Buy WinDoor in $102 Million Deal

Nov 30th, 2015


PGT Industries Inc., of North Venice, Fla., a top manufacturer and supplier of residential impact-resistant doors and windows, has signed an agreement to acquire WinDoor Inc., of Orlando, Fla., in a transaction valued at $102 million. WinDoor Inc. will become a wholly owned subsidiary of PGT, and it will remain a separate and distinct brand in the marketplace. The transaction […]

Canadian Window Company to Close

Nov 30th, 2015


Acan Windows and Doors, a maker of residential fenestration products based in Newfoundland, Canada, has closed. However, its parent company, Kento Ltd., has not declared bankruptcy and will continue operations. Acan announced it was closing last week. According to CBC News, 35 of 70 Acan workers learned they were losing their jobs on November 20. […]

Wisconsin Contractor Faces Big OSHA Fines

Nov 24th, 2015


Affordable Exteriors LLC, a Wisconsin roofing contractor that also installs doors and replacement windows, is facing $112,000 in proposed fines after the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says the company put employees at risk by letting them work without fall protection equipment. It’s the fourth time in three years that Affordable […]

10 Things Every Business Website Should Have

Nov 23rd, 2015

Hong gave this as an example of a "unique selling proposition." It lists key statistics that will help build rapport with customers.

Welton Hong of Ring Ring Marketing knows what it takes to get door and window dealers’ phones ringing. Much of that has to do with how their websites are set up, and on a recently held webinar, Hong laid out 10 things every dealer’s website should have. They are as follows: 1) A Call to Action […]

What’s the State of Single-Family Housing?

Nov 20th, 2015


While multi-family housing continues to shine, single-family housing has been waiting for its big break. The sector is growing, yes, but hesitantly, said Robert Murray, chief economist at Dodge Data & Analytics during last week’s 2016 Dodge Outlook Conference in Washington, D.C. As part of his presentation, Murray shared key single-family housing data from the […]

At Greenbuild, The Buzzword is ‘Sustainability’

Nov 19th, 2015


The 2015 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo opened on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., with famous faces evangelizing about sustainability and a greater emphasis on residential construction. Director James Cameron, who created two of the highest-grossing movies of all time with Titanic and Avatar, was the star attraction of the opening session. He sat down for […]

Workplace Death Leads to Citations for Door and Window Company

Nov 17th, 2015

Tim Harris of Quanex died on April 22.

Avanti Industries of Glendale, Ariz., is facing $9,500 in citations from the Arizona Department of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) following the death of Quanex technical service manager Tim Harris. He died on April 22 while visiting the company after police say a heavy rack of vinyl window framing fell off a forklift and struck him. Avanti will […]

SIKA Shows Growth in All Regions, Saint-Gobain Uncertainty Remains

Nov 16th, 2015


Swiss-based specialty chemical company SIKA AG reported a 5.5 percent sales increase at constant exchange rates for the first nine months of 2015. Though results were strong, the report indicated that one uncertainty remains—Saint-Gobain. “The unknown outcome of Saint‐Gobain’s hostile takeover attempt remains an element of uncertainty for the future,” according to the report. Growth […]

PPI Report: Flat Glass Prices Inch Slightly Higher

Nov 13th, 2015


Flat glass prices saw a 0.1 percent increase in October after rising 0.2 percent the month before, according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) report issued by the U.S. Labor Department. According to the report, flat glass prices are up 6 percent from October of last year and 0.3 percent over the last 2 […]

Have You Made Friends With Yelp Yet?

Nov 10th, 2015


Yelp, the crowd-sourced online platform for local business reviews, can be a great tool to help door and window dealers boost their businesses, according to Welton Hong of Ring Ring Marketing in San Jose, Calif. “I just love Yelp, and most of my clients that are taking advantage of Yelp are doing very well,” Hong […]