US LBM Sold to Private Equity Firm

Jul 30th, 2015

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US LBM Holdings, a building materials distributor with approximately 160 locations in 22 states, is selling a majority stake to Kelso & Company, a private equity firm. BlackEagle Partners, another private-equity firm, is also investing in US LBM, along with members of the company’s management team. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. “Our partnership […]

Who “Owns” Legally Binding Construction Codes?

Jul 28th, 2015

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The state of Georgia has filed a lawsuit against public-domain activist Carl Malamud for publishing the state’s entire legal code online. It’s the latest legal battle for a man who is currently being sued by organizations that develop construction standards — including ones used for glazing, doors and windows — that are then incorporated into state building […]

These Fast-Growing Companies Aren’t Slowing Down

Jul 27th, 2015

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When companies appear on DWM’s Fastest-Growing Dealer List, do they continue to grow or do sales eventually flatten? The latter doesn’t seem to be the case with at least three companies that have appeared in our pages. When DWM debuted its list in 2013, West Shore Window in Mechanicsburg, Pa., was one of the seven companies […]

Suspect’s Suicide Won’t Slow Investigation into PPG Industrial Espionage

Jul 24th, 2015

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The suicide of Thomas Rukavina, a former PPG Industries chemist accused in federal court in Pittsburgh with theft of trade secrets, won’t slow down the investigation into the case. “U.S. Attorney David Hickton in Pittsburgh said the FBI will continue to spearhead the spy probe but couldn’t be more specific due to the ‘sensitive nature’ of […]

Industry Leaders Tell Congress How to Achieve Efficiency

Jul 23rd, 2015

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Sustainable-building leaders had their chance to lobby for energy efficiency improvements and offered their takes on how to get there at a recent industry expo on Capitol Hill. Kiere DeGrandchamp, president of Gettysburg, Pa.-based High Performance Homes and one of four panelists at the Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Expo, said houses that reach […]

Groupe Eugenie Opens New Showroom Near Montreal

Jul 21st, 2015

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Groupe Eugenie, a Quebec-based manufacturer and importer of door and door jamb machinery, hosted a grand opening for its new showroom and offices near Montreal on Friday. The company, which was founded just five years ago, has experienced explosive growth recently, says president Richard Chauvette. He launched JRC Machinery, the distribution side of Groupe Eugenie, in a partnership […]

Hurricane Katrina Ten Years Later

Jul 17th, 2015

DWM went on location to New Orleans to interview a prominent code expert and learn what the community and code leaders have learned–and how they have changed–ten years post Katrina. Click HERE to watch the video on Youtube.

Report: Doors, Windows and Glass Could be Strong U.S. Exports

Jul 15th, 2015

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A global construction boom and a growing emphasis on “green” building technologies will create strong opportunities for U.S. exporters of building products, including manufacturers of doors, windows and glass. That’s according to the 2015 Top Markets Report for Building Products and Sustainable Construction from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, which was released […]

J.D. Power Satisfaction Survey: A Strong Brand Image Pays Off

Jul 14th, 2015

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The J.D. Power 2015 Windows and Patio Doors Satisfaction Study shows that most homeowners like to purchase fenestration products with as little outside input as possible – but manufacturers with strong brands who reach customers directly can make the buying experience much more satisfying for them. A total of 66 percent of customers indicate that […]

Will Florida Code Changes Boost Window Prices?

Jul 13th, 2015

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On June 30, the Florida Building Code’s 5th Edition went into effect. One of the biggest changes involves dropping the prescriptive solar heat gain coefficient for residential windows from 0.30 to 0.25. The code changes have many in the industry wondering if the cost of windows in Florida will be going up. The answer? Not […]