WMA Plant Tours: BMC Does it All

Apr 21st, 2015

BMC's showroom

-+*The World Millwork Alliance (WMA) hosted plant tours in Houston this week to give its members a behind-the-scenes look at what’s driving the success of three very different millwork operations, and the Building Materials and Construction Services (BMC) facility might have been the most unique. It wasn’t the biggest, but it was certainly the busiest. […]

WMA Plant Tours: BlueLinx Makes Nationwide Connections

Apr 21st, 2015


-+*The BlueLinx millworking facility in Houston, the second stop on the World Millwork Alliance plant tours of the area, shows how a large, multi-site company can leverage its size and reach to store and ship products in a cost-effective manner. Unlike BMC, there is no manufacturing going on here. Instead, the plant, which is adjacent […]

WMA Rolls Out an All-New Website

Apr 21st, 2015

-+*World Millwork Alliance (WMA) members gathered in Houston this week to tour three diverse millworking facilities, but they also got a special surprise – the unveiling of the industry organization’s new website. The URL – www.worldmillworkalliance.com – is live now, though not all aspects of the site are functional. Its launch is part of a rebranding […]

PPG Reports 1 Percent Net Sales Increase in First Quarter

Apr 20th, 2015

-+*PPG Industries reported its first quarter 2015 net sales from continuing operations were $3.7 billion, up 1 percent versus the prior year, according to a release from the company. Net sales in local currencies grew 8 percent year-over-year, including a 7 percent contribution from acquisition-related sales and a 1 percent improvement in sales volume. According […]

PGT to Launch Two New Products, Hire 50 Workers

Apr 17th, 2015


-+*For PGT, the great recession is truly a thing of the past. The company is announcing a new glass plant coupled with two new product launches, a hiring spree to staff the new venture and a grant from its home state of Florida to assist with its expansion. Two Products Launch With its new WinGuard vinyl […]

WDMA Releases New Product Category Rules

Apr 17th, 2015

-+*The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA), in cooperation with the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), has completed the development of product category rules (PCRs) for interior architectural wood flush and stile and rail door leaves, announcing “manufacturers can begin using and referencing these PCRs immediately,” in a statement. “Creation of a PCR […]

Housing Production Up 2 Percent in March

Apr 17th, 2015

-+*With rising springtime temperatures comes rising home production. In March, nationwide housing starts rose 2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 926,000 units. That’s an upward revision from February’s reading, according to newly released data from the U.S. Commerce Department. Single-family housing production rose 4.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of […]

National Fenestration Rating Council Announces 2nd Annual Student Film Contest

Apr 17th, 2015

-+*Attention parents of future filmmakers: The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) is now accepting submissions for its second annual student film contest. NFRC initiated the contest in 2014 to celebrate 25 years of service to architects, builders and consumers. College students in the U.S. and Canada are invited to demonstrate the different energy performance ratings that […]

Window World to Sponsor DIY Network’s ‘Blog Cabin’ for Third Consecutive Year

Apr 17th, 2015

-+*Window World will continue its partnership with the DIY Network and its show Blog Cabin in 2015. It’s the company’s the third year of sponsorship. This season, hosts from popular DIY Network programs such as Kitchen Crashers and Bath Crashers will travel west for the first time to transform an original 1970s mountain retreat in Coeur […]

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 […]