WMA Plant Tours: Detering Has Deep Roots

Apr 23rd, 2015

The Detering Company in Houston has been in business since 1926.

-+*The third stop on this week’s World Millwork Alliance (WMA) plant tours in Texas showcased a successful, family-owned business with a long history in Houston that’s striding into the future at a new facility. In March, The Detering Company moved into its new 107,000-square-foot plant in north Houston after nearly eight decades near downtown. The […]

April Newscast: Five Ways to Wow

Apr 23rd, 2015

-+*Learn the five tips you must keep in mind when it comes to your door and window showroom. Whether you’re starting from scratch or just looking for a few improvements, find advice in DWM’s April video newscast. Click HERE to watch the video on Youtube.

WMA Plant Tours: BMC Does it All

Apr 21st, 2015

BMC's showroom

-+*The World Millwork Alliance (WMA) hosted plant tours in Houston this week to give its members a behind-the-scenes look at what’s driving the success of three very different millwork operations, and the Building Materials and Construction Services (BMC) facility might have been the most unique. It wasn’t the biggest, but it was certainly the busiest. […]

Pella Corporation to Acquire Luxury Fenestration Fabricator

Apr 20th, 2015

Grabill's doors and windows are on the high-end side, a market sector Pella wants to penetrate more.

-+*After being family owned for almost 30 years, Grabill Windows and Doors now has a new owner. Pella Corp., a major manufacturer of doors and windows, has announced its plan to acquire the Almont, Mich.-based company, which manufactures designer and custom luxury fenestration. Formerly known as Grabill Inc., the company will now be known as […]

PGT to Launch Two New Products, Hire 50 Workers

Apr 17th, 2015


-+*For PGT, the great recession is truly a thing of the past. The company is announcing a new glass plant coupled with two new product launches, a hiring spree to staff the new venture and a grant from its home state of Florida to assist with its expansion. Two Products Launch With its new WinGuard vinyl […]

Sika’s Annual General Meeting Becomes Heated 7-Hour-Long Debate

Apr 16th, 2015

Sika chairman Paul Hälg speaks during the company’s annual general meeting. He called the event “historic.”

-+*Swiss specialty chemical company Sika AG’s seven-hour-long annual general meeting of shareholders on Tuesday is one for the record books. The Swiss company’s management and several board members are in a standoff with Burkard family-owned Schenker-Winkler Holding (SWH) over the potential sale of SWH to Saint-Gobain, which would give the French conglomerate majority voting rights […]

OSHA’s Top 10 List of Things Your Company Should Monitor

Apr 14th, 2015


-+*Do you know the top 10 Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citations in the building materials industry? Two recent webinars from the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) highlighted the most common violations and ways to avoid them. Regina McMichael of The Learning Factory hosted the online courses, which are based on […]

Builders FirstSource Announces Plans to Acquire ProBuild

Apr 13th, 2015


-+*$1.63 billion is all it takes to become America’s largest building materials supplier. In a massive deal, Builders FirstSource Inc. will acquire ProBuild Holdings in an all-cash transaction. It took ProBuild nearly 10 years to become big enough to buy. The company was created in 2006 by an investment group and grew to one of […]

New North Carolina Bill Aims to Reform Building Codes, Inspections

Apr 10th, 2015

Republican State Representative Mark Brody is the sponsor of HB 255.

-+*A bill aimed at reforming North Carolina’s building code to “promote economic growth” is making its way through the state legislature with bipartisan support, but it’s receiving criticism from outside organizations. Specifically, the North Carolina Building Code Regulatory Reform bill (HB 255) will ensure building inspections are done uniformly throughout the state, among other things. Republican […]

Saint-Gobain, Burkard Family Extend Time Period for Deal

Apr 9th, 2015


-+*Saint-Gobain’s agreement with the Burkard family over the sale of Schenker-Winkler Holding (SWH) has been extended until June 30, 2016. The deal would position Saint-Gobain to gain majority voting rights in Swiss specialty chemical company Sika AG without having to make an offer for the remaining shares. SWH owns 16.1 percent of Sika’s capital with […]