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

May 15th, 2015

Kolbe Window & Doors is showcasing its automated applications at the American Institute of Architects Convention.

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

Quanex IGS QA Audit Tim Harris 4x6

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

Melvin “Ricky” Maclin (Screengrab via YouTube; scene from “Four Days in Chicago.”)

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


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

MI Windows Ad

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


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 […]

Marvin Acquires TruStile Doors

May 5th, 2015

Marvin Acquires Door Manufacturer TruStile Doors, LLC. (PRNewsFoto/Marvin Windows and Doors)

Marvin Windows and Doors of Minnesota announced late Monday that it has acquired TruStile Doors of Denver.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed. TruStile, which began operations in 1995, manufactures made-to-order architectural stile and rail doors for the high-end residential and commercial construction markets. “TruStile is an outstanding company with a proven track record […]

New York Attorney General Scrutinizes Scheduling Practices

May 4th, 2015

New York Attorney General

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is shining a spotlight on retailers’ scheduling procedures—but the move may have direct consequences for door and window dealers as well. Target, J.C. Penney and 11 other large retailers were asked for their staffing and scheduling information from Schneiderman’s office due to his concern for their “on-call” practices. In […]

NAHB: Housing Recovery Could Soar in 2016

May 1st, 2015

AAMA home

The housing market is on the rise—and will keep on rising, according to economists participating in the recent National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) 2015 Spring Construction Forecast Webinar. Solid employment gains, attractive mortgage rates, a growing economy and pent-up demand will keep the market moving up into 2016. “This should be a good year […]

Pennco Windows Plant for Sale in Kentucky

Apr 30th, 2015


Looking to buy a window manufacturing facility? There’s a big one for sale in Ashland, Ky., and if you submit an attractive bid, the property could be yours – along with all the equipment. The Pennco Windows plant is being sold at auction. It features 200,000 square feet of production space and a large selection […]