More States Are Adopting this New Energy Rating System

Jan 12th, 2015

Illinois thing

A new energy rating system is making waves across the U.S. as another state will be adopting the method as a pathway to getting residential building permits approved. Illinois is adopting Residential Energy Services Network’s (RESNET) Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index as a way to gauge a home’s energy performance pursuant to a building […]

Contact Industries Changes Management Team

Jan 12th, 2015

Clackamas, Ore.-based Contact Industries has expanded its management team by hiring John Ferry as its new president. In his new role, Ferry is charged with overseeing day-to-day operations of the engineered wood products company, while former president Frank Pearson steps into a newly created CEO role and focuses on longer-term strategies. Ferry has more than […]

At CES, These Door and Window Products Caught Our Attention

Jan 9th, 2015

Insynctive will link to your home automation system and let you know whether you’ve remembered to shut and lock your doors, windows and garage doors

It seems like every industry is getting in on the action at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), and doors and windows are no exception. Keeping up with the digital age, here are some door and window products unveiled last  week in Las Vegas that we thought were worth sharing with our readers. Pella’s Insynctive Technology […]

Therma Tru Receives 10-Year Local Tax Abatement

Jan 8th, 2015

Therma Tru employees put together a door at the company's Butler, Ind., plant.

A three-year, $20 million investment in the local economy has earned Therma-Tru a 10-year tax abatement on new equipment for its plant in Butler, Ind. According to public documents, the city approved the abatement after the company said it would make such an investment and hire 105 additional full-time employees, whose average annual salaries eventually […]

AIA Announces Bill Clinton as Keynote Speaker at 2015 Convention

Jan 8th, 2015

Former president Bill Clinton, founder of the Clinton Foundation, will be the keynote speaker at the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) 2015 national convention in Atlanta this year. The event will be held May 14-16, and Clinton will address the gathering on May 14 from 10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Clinton was the first Democratic president in […]

Window World President Dana Deem Retires

Jan 8th, 2015

Window World senior executive Dana Deem has retired after 10 years with the company. At the annual Window World national sales meeting last year, Deem announced his intention to retire, officially resigning as Window World president effective January 2, 2015. Under Deem’s guidance, the company hit several milestones, including the sale of its 10 millionth window in […]

Dow Corning Hires Jessica Ding to Lead North American Marketing

Jan 8th, 2015

Dow Corning Corp., a Midland, Mich.-based manufacturer of silicones, silicon-based technology has hired Yujie (Jessica) Ding as the company’s North American regional marketer for coatings and construction chemicals. Ding comes to Dow Corning from Chemtura Corp., where she worked in commercial and marketing roles in the industrial performance products and urethanes divisions. In her role, Ding […]

Congress Just Did Something Your Customers Will Want to Hear About

Jan 6th, 2015


In a rare display of bipartisanship, Congress recently pulled together to pass the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (HR 5771), signed into law by President Obama on December 19. While the bill includes many provisions, door and window installers may want to note one in particular. Section 25C allows individuals to update the tax […]

Roto North America Adds Mitchell as Director of Operations

Jan 6th, 2015

Roto North America is expanding its leadership team by bringing in Gordon Mitchell as director of operations. Mitchell will supervise supply chain management for the company’s Connecticut and Ontario manufacturing plants. According to a company press release, the addition of Mitchell completes the company’s management team. He joins Chris Dimou, president and CEO of North […]

New Year, New Regulations: Maryland’s Lead Paint Rules Updated

Jan 5th, 2015

Lead Paint

The state of Maryland is renewing its efforts to combat lead poisoning from lead paint—sort of. As of January 1, 2015, all rental properties built before 1978 (when lead paint was banned) must comply with the state’s already existing “Lead Law.” The law includes registering rental units within 30 days of acquisition (for a $30 […]