OSHA Cites Unity Windows for Safety Violations

May 22nd, 2015

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-+*Nine contractors at the newly constructed Oasis Park Square residential development in Doral, Fla., including a window-installation firm, are facing a total of $152,000 in proposed penalties after inspectors from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found numerous serious safety violations at the work site. OSHA inspectors first toured Oasis […]

Watch the May Newscast for a Look Back at AIA 2015

May 21st, 2015

-+*In this month’s newscast we’re taking a close look at glass and other components shown at last week’s American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Convention. Click HERE to watch the video on Youtube.

Door Testing in Florida: Setting the Record Straight

May 19th, 2015

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-+*Industry associations are doing their part to let the industry know what is and is not part of the Florida Building Code (FBC) 5th Edition (2014) that takes effect June 30, 2015. Specifically, what is not part of the new requirement is that all doors must be tested according to NAFS (AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/IS2/A440). Dwight Wilkes, […]

New Bill Attempts to Scale Back the LRRP Rule’s Power

May 18th, 2015

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-+*Bipartisan legislation aimed at reforming the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) Rule is being applauded by industry associations nationwide. In an effort to reduce the burden the rule has placed on the home retrofit market, Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) proposed the Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act of 2015 (H.R. 2328)—co-sponsored […]

“Custom” Word of Week for Door and Window Exhibitors at AIA

May 15th, 2015

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-+*This week, exhibitors at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Convention in Atlanta, Ga., are striving to show architects and prospective customers why they’re one-of-a-kind. The words “custom” and “unique” have been trending on the show floor, and that has not been lost on those representing the high-end door and window market. One of those […]

Police: Quanex’s Tim Harris Died After Forklift Incident

May 14th, 2015

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-+*Quanex Building Products technical service manager Tim Harris died on April 22 after a heavy rack of vinyl window framing fell off a forklift and struck him during his visit to the Avanti Industries plant in Glendale, Ariz., according to a police report about the incident obtained by DWM. The rack of vinyl was estimated to […]

Republic Windows & Doors Sit-In Leader Ricky Maclin Dies

May 12th, 2015

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-+*Labor activist Melvin “Ricky” Maclin, who led a six-day sit-in at Chicago’s Republic Windows & Doors factory in December 2008 that grabbed international headlines, died on May 5, weeks after being diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer. He was 61. “This is a huge loss for me and for our movement,” United Electrical Workers (UE) Local […]

Vista Window Expands Georgia Operations

May 11th, 2015

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-+*Vista Window Company has expanded its operations in Swainsboro, Ga., and plans to create 50 jobs and invest $2 million in the project during 2015. The 57,000-square-foot facility, which went into operation in March, produces the company’s primary line of vinyl replacement windows. Vista Window is also moving its insulating glass line to the plant. […]

MIWD Reaches Out Regarding Class Action Lawsuit

May 8th, 2015

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-+*Did you see that advertisement in last month’s Sports Illustrated about MI Windows? That may seem like an odd statement to make about a window manufacturer—but it’s relevant. The company took out a half-page advertisement in the April 13, 2015 issue letting consumers know they may be owed money. “If you own or owned property […]

Ply Gem Suffers First-Quarter Losses

May 7th, 2015

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-+*The recent harsh winter helped drive Ply Gem Holdings Inc. to a first-quarter loss of $48.9 million.  The company posted a loss of 53 cents per share, which was more than Wall Street analysts expected. Yahoo Finance reported that Zacks Investment Research predicted a loss of 38 cents per share. Ply Gem reported sales of […]