PPG Appoints McGarry to Chief Operating Officer

Jul 21st, 2014

PPG Industries promoted Michael H. McGarry, currently its executive vice president, to chief operating officer. The move will be effective August 1. According to the company, McGarry will have executive oversight responsibility for all of PPG’s strategic business units and operating regions and for the information technology (IT), environment, health and safety (EH&S), and purchasing [...]

PPG to Sell Mt. Zion Plant to Fuyao

Jul 18th, 2014

PPG Industries announced today that it will sell all the assets of its Mt. Zion, Ill. glass manufacturing facility to automotive glass manufacturer Fuyao Glass America Inc. According to PPG, the sale is expected to close in the third quarter of 2014. PPG will continue to operate the plant for up to one year, producing [...]

South Goes South: Nationwide Housing Starts Down 9.3 Percent in June

Jul 18th, 2014

Nationwide housing production fell 9.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 893,000 units in June, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. The drop was due primarily to a nearly 30 percent decline in the South. All other regions posted monthly [...]

Single-Family Home Builders’ Confidence Up in July

Jul 17th, 2014

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes reached an important milestone in July, rising four points to a reading of 53 on the monthly National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). “An improving job market goes hand-in-hand with a rise in builder confidence,” says NAHB chief economist David Crowe. [...]

YKK AP to Double Residential Window Production Capacity with Plant Expansion

Jul 17th, 2014

Increasing customer demands has prompted YKK AP America to expand its residential window plant in Macon, Ga. In January 2015, the company will begin relocating its production lines into a larger building on its Macon campus while adding two new production lines dedicated to vinyl window and multi-layered glass production. The expansion will double the [...]

Abilene Hailstorm Likely to Eclipse $400 Million-Mark in Damage

Jul 17th, 2014

The June 12 hailstorm in Abilene, Texas—the city’s second catastrophic hailstorm in three years—is expected to hit $400 million in insured losses to vehicles, homes and commercial property, according to the Insurance Council of Texas. “This is the worst storm damage I’ve seen in my 41 years in the insurance business,” says Leroy Perkins of [...]

Quanex Appoints Patrick Junker VP of Sales for Screen Division

Jul 17th, 2014

Quanex Building Products announced it has appointed Patrick Junker to vice president of sales for its screens division. Junker brings more than 35 years of experience in the field, most recently serving as the director of sales and marketing at Amesbury Headquarters, where he was responsible for sales and marketing to aluminum commercial door and window manufacturers in North America. “I’m [...]

Builders FirstSource Acquires Slone Lumber Company

Jul 15th, 2014

Builders FirstSource Inc., a supplier and manufacturer of structural and related building products for residential new construction, is expanding its supplying capabilities with the purchase of Houston-based Slone Lumber Company Inc. The transaction closed on June 30. Slone is a full-line building materials supplier with sales of approximately $17 million in 2013. Slone’s product offerings [...]

Canadian Glass Association Obtains New Management Company

Jul 15th, 2014

The Canadian Glass Association (CGA), which provides support to the Canadian glass industry regarding building codes, standards and legislation, has selected Centric Management and Consulting to serve as its new management company. “The Canadian Glass Association is excited to work with Centric, as they also currently manage the Glass Association of North America (GANA),” says [...]

Ply Gem Hires New Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Window Division

Jul 15th, 2014

Ply Gem has appointed Eric Spence senior vice president of sales and marketing for the Ply Gem Windows group. The position is newly-created and is designed to expand Ply Gem Windows’ sales and marketing efforts, aligning the two functions under one common structure. Spence comes to Ply Gem from Empirical Sales Solutions LLC, where he [...]