Excessive Lending Standards Still Affecting Home Sales

Oct 10th, 2014

Tight mortgage lending standards continue to affect sales for single-family builders across the nation, according to a survey released by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). More than half of the single-family builders surveyed indicated that lending standards were “tight” or “very tight,” while only 11 percent indicated that standards were “somewhat easy” and [...]

PPG to Cease Glass Production in Mt. Zion Next Month

Oct 9th, 2014

PPG Industries’ flat glass business unit will cease glass production at the Mt. Zion, Ill., facility on November 30, 2014. As previously announced, this plant was sold to Fuyao Glass America earlier this year. “While PPG had the option to operate the plant for up to one year as part of the sales agreement, we [...]

CPSC Considers Revisions to Safety Certification Regulations

Oct 9th, 2014

The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has reopened its safety certification rulemaking proceedings to revise certification obligations for domestic and imported consumer products subject to CPSC safety standards, including architectural glass, among others. The CPSC rulemaking proceeding proposes revisions to its regulations governing consumer product certification protocol, primarily for children’s products and foreign-made goods subject [...]

Pella Shenandoah Operations Achieves Energy Star® Challenge for Industry

Oct 9th, 2014

Pella Corp.’s manufacturing plant in Shenandoah, Iowa, has achieved the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star Challenge for Industry. To earn the honor, the facility reduced its energy intensity by 12.4 percent in one year, saving 4,600 British thermal units in 2013. The facility reduced its energy intensity by improving lighting, building and system [...]

Portal Glass Florida Now in Business

Oct 9th, 2014

Daniel Zuloaga, who previously served as the president of Portalp, announced the opening of his new company, Portal Glass Florida Inc. (PGF) in Naples, Fla. PGF will specialize in helping the Florida market with its door, window, glass and automatic door needs. Zuloaga has more than 20 years of experience in the window, glass and automatic [...]

Strawn, Rygg, Larsen Receive NFRC Service Award

Oct 9th, 2014

The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) recently recognized Steve Strawn of Jeld-Wen Inc., Tony Rygg of William Rygg Consulting, and Jim Larsen of Cardinal Glass Industries with its Board of Directors’ Service Award. The award recognizes the time, experience and integrity that NFRC’s members have given the organization through their contribution on the board. “Their [...]

Acme Tools Opens New Distribution Center in North Dakota

Oct 6th, 2014

Acme Tools has begun operation at its new distribution center in Grand Forks, N. D., in support of its growing Internet sales division. Acme Tools built the new 40,000-square-foot facility on a 9-acre site in the Grand Forks Business Park located adjacent to and west of Interstate 29. The new distribution center opened with 20 [...]

Huttig Announces Management Changes in the Northeast

Oct 6th, 2014

Jon Vrabely, president and CEO of Huttig Building Products Inc., has named Ken Schmitt as regional vice president of the Northeast. In his new role, Schmitt will be responsible for the following Huttig locations: Augusta and Saco, Maine; Newington, Conn.; Taunton, Mass.; Hooksett, N.H.; and Selkirk, N.Y. Schmitt began his career with Huttig as a [...]

Chad Simkins Appointed Pleotint’s New Vice President

Oct 6th, 2014

Pleotint LLC, a manufacturer of self-tinting dynamic glass, announced the appointment of Chad Simkins as its new vice president. In his new position, Simkins will lead domestic sales and marketing efforts for the company’s Suntuitive glass products and technology. “This is an exciting day for our company,” says Dr. Harlan Byker, chief executive officer of [...]

Construction Employers Add 16,000 Jobs in September; 230,000 for the Year

Oct 6th, 2014

The construction sector’s unemployment rate fell to 7 percent, the lowest rate for September in years, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). Association officials also reported that construction employers added 16,000 jobs for the month. According to the AGC, the gains come as more firms report having a hard [...]