J-Channel Reaches Another Settlement Agreement

Mar 16th, 2015

J-Channel Industries Corp.has entered into a settlement agreement with Woodgrain Millwork Inc. and The Windsor Window Company Inc., regarding JCIC’s patented J-Channel Window Frame Construction technology. “We have now entered into 31 J-Channel agreements since we started this assertion campaign back in August of 2013,” says Robert Berman, president and CEO of J-Channel’s parent company, […]

Homebuilders’ Confidence Falls in March

Mar 16th, 2015

NAHB chief economist David Crowe expects the housing market to pick up in 2015.

Homebuilders’ confidence in the single-family housing market slipped in March, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), which came out on Monday. The index dropped two points to 53, the third month in a row it’s fallen. “The drop in builder confidence is largely attributable to supply chain […]

Are You Ready for Marvin’s Architects Challenge?

Mar 13th, 2015

Now in its seventh yeah, Marvin Windows and Doors’ Architects Challenge is looking for outstanding projects that incorporate the company’s products. Open to commercial and residential architects, the competition is judged by a panel of distinguished architects. This year, the Architects Challenge will feature winners in six different categories: Contemporary, Transitional/Eclectic, Traditional, Remodel/Addition, Commercial and […]

BEC Attendees Get a Crash Course in Codes

Mar 13th, 2015

Building code changes and increased stringency require the glass and glazing industry to stay informed, and code expert Tom Culp of Birch Point Consulting did just that at GANA’s Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference in Las Vegas earlier this week. On Monday, Culp gave a presentation about the latest in code requirements and where they’re […]

This New Energy-Efficient Window Technology Shows Potential

Mar 13th, 2015

The New Visual Media Group's ElectroPolymeric Display (EPD) technology at work.

A company in Eatontown, N.J., is pioneering a dynamic window technology that promises a high level of energy efficiency at a relatively low cost. Elliott Schlam, the principal of New Visual Media Group, says his firm has come up with a new take on the traditional window shade – a super-thin sheet of polymer film […]

Ply Gem’s Fourth-Quarter Earnings Tumble

Mar 12th, 2015


Ply Gem Holdings’ acquisition of Simonton Windows last fall helped boost sales by 35 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, but costs associated with the deal were a drag on the company’s earnings. The Cary, N.C.-based manufacturer of doors, windows and siding reported a fourth-quarter loss of $12.5 million, or 18 cents per share. […]

Milgard to Open New Plant in Texas, Create 150 Jobs

Mar 12th, 2015

Milgard Windows & Doors will open a  new manufacturing facility in Grand Prairie, Texas, on April 9. It’s the first Milgard plant in Texas, and it’s expected to create over 150 jobs during the next four years. In 2010, Milgard entered the Texas market with products manufactured and delivered from the company’s plants in Denver, […]

Upsizing: Minnkota Windows Begins Operations in New Facility

Mar 10th, 2015

walking window

Minnkota Windows Inc. has broken new ground recently. On Monday, the company produced its first window in its new 78,000-square-foot manufacturing facility after being shut down last week to move equipment and offices from Fargo, N.D., to West Fargo. “Needless to say, we are very excited about this move,” says general manager Brad Bushaw. “This […]

Roto Frank’s Chris Griffin Named to Window Safety Task Force

Mar 10th, 2015

Chris Griffin will join the Window Safety Task Force.

A company helping Connecticut achieve safer windows statewide now lends one of its own employees to a national safety effort. Chris Griffin, a sales engineer at Roto Frank of America Inc., has been named to the Window Safety Task Force (WSTF). Comprising the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the Window and Door Manufacturers Association and […]

AAMA Updates Sound Control Document

Mar 10th, 2015

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated a document about sound control for fenestration products that provides clear guidance for anyone from window designers working with architects to sales teams trying to meet customers’ needs. AAMA TIR-A1 has detailed technical information for reducing sound transmission through residential and commercial building envelopes. New definitions were […]