Remodeling Market Index Reclaims All-Time High

Oct 24th, 2014

The National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Remodeling Market Index (RMI) reclaimed the high-water mark of 57 in the third quarter of 2014. This is the sixth consecutive quarter for an RMI reading above 50. An RMI above 50 indicates that more remodelers report market activity is higher (compared to the prior quarter) than report [...]

DMSi Named “Partner of the Year” for Software Innovation

Oct 23rd, 2014

DMSi was named “Partner of the Year” by software developer Progress. The award was given for “year over year growth driven by product innovation.” “DMSi is honored to be awarded 2014 Progress Partner of the Year,” says Trent Paben, DMSi’s chief operating officer. “Progress continues to build tools that help us deliver compelling applications and [...]

PPG Joins Green Building Councils in Five Latin American Countries

Oct 22nd, 2014

PPG Industries’ flat glass business announced that it has joined green building councils in Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Peru. All five councils are members of the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC). “We are grateful for PPG’s support of our work, which promotes sustainability in the building environment,” says Cristina Gamboa, chief executive officer of [...]

ASTM International Reveals New Brand Identity

Oct 22nd, 2014

ASTM International introduced its new brand identity this week at the fall meetings of the ASTM board of directors in Seoul, South Korea. According to the group, the new branding was designed to better reflect the expanding mission and global reach of ASTM. As part of the new branding, ASTM has created a new purpose [...]

Construction Starts in September Climb 10 Percent

Oct 22nd, 2014

New construction starts in September advanced 10 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $604.1 billion, according to McGraw Hill Construction, a division of McGraw Hill Financial. The increase followed an up-and-down pattern during the previous two months, and brought activity to its highest level so far during 2014. Residential building in September dropped 9 [...]

Marvin Windows and Doors Recognized for Ethics

Oct 22nd, 2014

Marvin Windows and Doors was awarded the 2014 American Business Ethics Award (ABEA) by the Foundation for Financial Service Professionals during an awards presentation on Tuesday in Warroad, Minn. Marvin was chosen as the winner in the large company category for exemplifying high standards of ethical conduct in the workplace, the marketplace and the community, [...]

AMD Members “Lay it all Out” in Industry Roundtable

Oct 21st, 2014

Members of the Association of Millwork Distributors participated in a roundtable session yesterday where they were able to ask questions and share concerns. DWM/Shelter editor Tara Taffera was lucky enough to sit in at one such discussion and learn what is keeping members up at night and what they are happy about post recession. First [...]

Omega Plastics Acquires Vinylex

Oct 19th, 2014

Omega Plastics LLC has acquired Vinylex Corp., a custom and proprietary product extrusion company with manufacturing sites in Knoxville, Tenn., and Carrollton, Texas. Terms were not disclosed. “Two and one half years ago Omega Plastics formed a strategic partnership with DVP in Santiago, Chile, to grow and expand our mutual presence in North America. Since [...]

Huttig Building Products Hires New Territory Manager for New Jersey

Oct 19th, 2014

Huttig Building Products Inc. has hired Bob Kern Sr. as the new territory manager to cover Southern New Jersey from the Huttig Wilkes-Barre branch in Pennsylvania. Kern has more than 20 years of experience in the building materials industry. He started his career with Peter Lumber Company in Pleasantville, N.J., where he was the operations manager for many years. Most recently, Kern was territory manager with [...]

Housing Starts Up 17.8 Percent Over Last September

Oct 17th, 2014

Nationwide housing starts have surpassed the million-mark for the third time this year, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. Total housing production in September rose 6.3 percent more than August’s to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.017 million units, which is [...]