Window World of Pittsburgh Partners with Nonprofit Volunteers of America

Aug 21st, 2014

Window World of Pittsburgh has partnered with CBS EcoMedia to support Volunteers of America Pennsylvania’s All of Us Care program. Window World’s funding will support critical program costs, such as educational materials and workshops that will enable Volunteers of America to support more youth in the community and enhance the program quality. Window World of [...]

Ply Gem to Acquire Simonton Windows

Aug 20th, 2014

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Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc. has signed an agreement to sell Simonton Windows to Ply Gem Holdings Inc. According to the announcement, the Simonton transaction is valued at approximately $130 million, or roughly 10 times the 2014 earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. The transaction’s closing is subject to regulatory approval and is [...]

A Minimum Wage Hike: Good or Bad Idea?

Aug 19th, 2014

President Obama remarks on the minimum wage at Central Connecticut State University.

In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama called for a federal minimum wage hike of $2.85/hour to $10.10. According to whitehouse.gov, raising the minimum wage nationwide “will increase earnings for millions of workers, and boost the bottom lines of businesses across the country.” But not everyone in the door and window industry [...]

Association of Millwork Distributors Celebrates its 50th Annual Convention & Tradeshow

Aug 19th, 2014

The Association of Millwork Distributors (AMD) will hold its 50th Annual Convention & Tradeshow October 19-23 in Tampa, Fla. The event will take place in the Tampa Convention Center and Marriott Waterside Hotel. “For 50 years, the Annual AMD Convention has been a vital tradeshow and conference for all facets of the millwork industry, with [...]

AAMA Releases New Voluntary Specification for PVC Exterior Profiles

Aug 19th, 2014

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released AAMA 663-14, “Voluntary Specification for In-Process Quality Control Requirements for Applicators of Organic Coatings to Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Exterior Profiles.” This specification will establish the minimum requirements for applicators of organic coatings to PVC exterior profiles that are used in doors, windows and skylights. “This new document [...]

Housing Starts Rise in July

Aug 19th, 2014

Nationwide housing starts, fueled by strong single- and multifamily growth, rose 15.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.093 million units in July, the highest level since November 2013, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. Single-family housing starts were up [...]

SPONSORED LINK: Guardian Mobile App Provides Insight into Window Glass Performance

Aug 18th, 2014

Auburn Hills, Mich. – To meet the growing demand for window energy performance information, Guardian Industries launches Guardian Window InSight, a mobile app designed to help contractors
and remodelers educate homeowners on the best options for new or replacement windows.

National Unemployment Rate Stagnant as Construction Employment Increases

Aug 18th, 2014

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The national jobless rate was little changed in July at 6.2 percent, 0.1 percent higher than in June. The rate, however, sits 1.1 percentage points lower than in July 2013, according to a report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The West continued to have the highest regional unemployment rate in the U.S. in [...]

Builder Confidence Rises Two Points in August

Aug 18th, 2014

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose two points to 55 on the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) for August, released today. This third consecutive monthly gain puts the index at its highest level since January. The HMI gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home [...]

PPI Report Shows Dip in Flat Glass Prices for July

Aug 15th, 2014

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Flat glass prices dropped in July, in contrast to how they’ve been trending for most of the year. According to the latest Producer Price Index Report (PPI) issued today by the U.S. Labor Department, flat glass prices dropped 0.2 percent from June to July, their first decrease since January. The flat glass index sits at [...]