Window Film and Windows – An Unlikely Couple

Sep 8th, 2014

Recent research makes some bold growth predictions for the solar reflective architectural window film market. But what does this mean for window manufacturers? An upcoming article in Window Film magazine, sister publication to DWM, looks at the possible interface among window film companies and window manufacturers. Could they work together or would warranty standards hinder the potential partnership?

JELD-WEN settles with EPA, ODEQ for Clean Air Act Violations

Sep 4th, 2014

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JELD-WEN’s lumber facility in Klamath Falls, Ore., has settled with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) for alleged air quality violations. Ed Kowalski, director of the EPA’s enforcement program in Seattle, says, “This settlement will help improve the air people breathe in the Klamath Falls area. By [...]

Fenestration, Construction Companies Make Inc. 5000 List

Aug 29th, 2014

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More than half a dozen remodeling and fenestration companies made Inc. Magazine’s annual Inc. 5000 list, which ranks the fastest-growing private companies in America. Leading the way for the industry is Four Seasons Home Services, a home-improvement and remodeling contractor, ranked No. 393. The company is based in Crestwood, Ill. and increased its revenue from [...]

Recent California Supreme Court Ruling Changes Game for Architects

Aug 28th, 2014

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What started out as a discrepancy over glass has turned into a much larger conversation about where architects’ liability ends. The California Supreme Court recently ruled that, at least in one case, architects in the state owe a “duty of care” to future owners beyond the initial builder with whom the architect did business, opening [...]

American Manufacturing Bill Sitting in Congress

Aug 26th, 2014

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Legislation that seeks to bolster manufacturing in the United States is now awaiting consideration in Congress. The Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2013 (H.R. 2996/S.1468) was reported to Congress by committee at the end of last month. The bill was introduced in the Senate August 1 of last year and in the House [...]

California Earthquake Puts Window Businesses on Rebound

Aug 25th, 2014

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Fenestration shops in Napa County, Calif., are picking up the pieces in their homes and businesses today after a 6.0-magnitude earthquake rippled through the area over the weekend. The earthquake struck Sunday morning at 3:24 a.m. PDT, with its epicenter just four miles northwest of the city of American Canyon and five miles south of [...]

Window Company Develops Correction for Alcatraz

Aug 22nd, 2014

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America’s most famous former correctional facility needed a correction of its own, and a window company came to the rescue. Indow Windows (IW) has created a window solution for Alcatraz that opens up greater public access to the former federal penitentiary. The gun gallery in the New Industries Building, a part of Alcatraz previously off-limits [...]

Ply Gem to Acquire Simonton Windows

Aug 20th, 2014

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Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc. has signed an agreement to sell Simonton Windows to Ply Gem Holdings Inc. According to the announcement, the Simonton transaction is valued at approximately $130 million, or roughly 10 times the 2014 earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. The transaction’s closing is subject to regulatory approval and is [...]

A Minimum Wage Hike: Good or Bad Idea?

Aug 19th, 2014

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In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama called for a federal minimum wage hike of $2.85/hour to $10.10. According to whitehouse.gov, raising the minimum wage nationwide “will increase earnings for millions of workers, and boost the bottom lines of businesses across the country.” But not everyone in the door and window industry [...]

National Unemployment Rate Stagnant as Construction Employment Increases

Aug 18th, 2014

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The national jobless rate was little changed in July at 6.2 percent, 0.1 percent higher than in June. The rate, however, sits 1.1 percentage points lower than in July 2013, according to a report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The West continued to have the highest regional unemployment rate in the U.S. in [...]