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 […]

It’s Window Safety Week: Here’s What to Tell Your Customers

Apr 7th, 2015


-+*It’s important for door and window manufacturers and dealers to remind homeowners about safety. That’s why every April, the National Safety Council’s Window Safety Task Force sponsors Window Safety Week. This year, it’s running April 5-11. “Window safety is not only an important issue in our industry but in our daily lives, as proper precautions […]

Online Review Sites: Who Can You Trust?

Apr 6th, 2015


-+*As more door and window business is conducted online, web-based review sites are becoming a vital part of marketing and promotion for companies in the industry. During the recent Fenestration Day industry gathering in Irvine, Calif., which was hosted by DWM Magazine, attendees at the dealer roundtable had strong thoughts about review websites such as […]

Virginia Shines, Delaware Struggles in New IBHS Building Code Ratings

Apr 2nd, 2015

The IBHS has a new building code rating out for the 18 hurricane-prone states.

-+*The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) is making waves in the coastal states. The institute released the second edition of its “Rating the States” reports. The study assesses the progress of 18 hurricane-prone coastal states along the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Coast in strengthening their residential building code systems since IBHS’ […]

Pass on Passive Building Standards? You Might Want to Rethink That

Mar 31st, 2015

PHIUS now has custom passive standards for any climate in North America.

-+*The Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) has introduced climate-specific building standards for more than 1,000 more locations in North America, from major metros to rural areas. Passive buildings are generally those that are built so air-tight and energy efficient that little, if any, energy is needed to heat or cool the facility. The rating is […]

A Proposed Bill Would Reduce Florida Builders’ Risk of Being Sued

Mar 30th, 2015

Representative Jay Fant's bill would reduce builders' liability limit from 10 years to seven.

-+*If defects are found with construction more than seven years from its completion, should the builder still be liable for damages? Florida House Rep. Jay Fant doesn’t think so. The Republican lawmaker from Jacksonville has introduced a bill that reduces builder liability exposure from 10 years to seven years after a job is finished. This […]