Industry News Acquires The Freedonia Group

Feb 2nd, 2016 has completed its acquisition of The Freedonia Group, an international industry market research company based in Cleveland, Ohio. The companies’ complementary assets are being integrated. “This is a great day for our company as we officially welcome the talented Freedonia team to,” said Rob Granader, CEO and founder of and its publishing division. “We […]

Cascade Windows Sold to Private Investment Firm

Feb 2nd, 2016


Cascade Windows of Spokane, Wash., a maker of vinyl windows and sliding doors, has been sold by its owner, Altamont Capital Partners, to CenterOak Partners, another private investment firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. “The investment marks a significant milestone for our firm as the first acquisition in this fund,” said Randall Fojtasek, […]

Top Notch Acquires Boyle & Chase

Feb 1st, 2016

Honesdale, Pa.-based Top Notch Distributors recently acquired Boyle & Chase Inc., based in Hingham, Mass. “We’re excited about the acquisition of Boyle & Chase and the value that it brings to customers for both companies,” says Dave Prouty, president of Top Notch. “This acquisition brings together two outstanding companies. Together, we will be able to […]

February Newscast: The Latest Technology from CES

Feb 1st, 2016

DWM contributing editor Casey Flores traveled to Las Vegas to check out the latest technology on display at CES. From locks to scanning devices, check out some of the innovations on display. Click HERE to watch the video on Youtube.

Lowe’s Names Sandra B. Cochran to Board

Feb 1st, 2016

Lowe’s Companies Inc. has Sandra B. Cochran, 57, to its board of directors. Lowe’s board now has 13 members, 12 of whom are independent. “Sandy brings a combination of strong leadership and retail experience, as well as tremendous financial acumen to Lowe’s, and I am pleased to welcome her to our board of directors,” said Robert A. Niblock, […]

Cases Shed Light on Copyright Protection of Standards Developers

Jan 29th, 2016

A California-based public records activist continues to fight for the right to publish building standards and legal codes for free access of the public. Carl Malamud’s organization,, is involved in multiple ongoing lawsuits—one filed by the state of Georgia and another by multiple standards bodies. Malamud is currently the defendant in a copyright infringement […]

Window World to Sponsor MerleFest Music Festival

Jan 28th, 2016

Window World has signed on as the presenting sponsor of MerleFest, one of the premier music festivals in the country, for 2016. MerleFest 2016, scheduled for April 28 – May 1, will bring nearly 80,000 national and international music enthusiasts to Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, N.C., which is also where Window World is headquartered. […]

ASTM Wants to Serve Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise

Jan 28th, 2016

San Antonio, Texas-based ASTM International, a standards developer, just launched the “Year of the SME: Small Business in Action” at its first major meeting of 2016. Throughout the year, ASTM will emphasize how input from small- and medium-sized enterprises is crucial to creating high-quality technical standards. The company will also highlight advantages businesses can gain […]

New-Home Sales Are at an Eight-Year High

Jan 28th, 2016

More Americans became new homeowners in 2015. Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 14.5 percent year-over-year to 501,000 units in 2015, the highest level since 2007, according to newly released data from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. Meanwhile, sales in December increased 10.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 544,000 from […]

Roto Group: North America is our Best-Performing Market

Jan 28th, 2016

According to Roto Frank, North America is its best-performing market. Roto North America has received the award for “Best-Performing Market” in the Roto Group’s door and window division in 2015. The award was announced by Eckhard Keill, CEO and chairman of the board for Roto Frank AG, at the company’s recent leadership conference in Spain. “The […]