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 [...]

Industry-Related Code Proposals See Mixed Results at ICC Hearings

Oct 6th, 2014

The International Code Council’s (ICC) Group C Public Comment Hearings wrapped up in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., this past weekend. The hearings, which ran from Wednesday to Saturday, saw the approval and disapproval of a few industry-related code proposals. Code proposal GEW66-14 passed as submitted. GEW66-14 altered section 605.1.1 “Insulation and fenestration criteria” by increasing thermal [...]

Bavarian Polymers Expands Manufacturing Capacity

Oct 6th, 2014

Bavarian Polymers Inc. added three new extrusion lines to its operating extrusion facility. The company also added a material handling system, new compound storage and cooling water supply as part of a recent upgrade. The company’s plant and headquarters office is located 30 miles west of Nashville, Tenn., and is 65,000 square feet.

Thompson Creek Windows Receives Numerous Awards

Oct 3rd, 2014

Thompson Creek Window Company has been honored with “Best Windows and Doors”, “Best Home Improvement” and “Best Gutter Services” awards in the Maryland Gazette’s fifth Annual Readers Choice Awards. The Maryland Gazette’s Readers Choice Awards poll the publication’s readers to give them the opportunity to vote for local businesses in a variety of categories. Winners and finalists [...]

Masco to Spin Off Installation and Services Division, Restructure Company

Oct 2nd, 2014

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After a two-decade-long investment in its “Installation and Other Services” division, Masco Corp., parent company of Millgard Windows and Doors, announced it will spin 100 percent of the division off to another company. The board of directors approved the decision, recommended by president and CEO Keith Allman. “Today’s transformative actions reflect our continued commitment to [...]

ITUS Corp. and Quaker Windows Reach Settlement

Oct 2nd, 2014

Quaker Windows and ITUS Corp. have avoided a court-administered ruling, as the two companies have reached a settlement agreement. The agreement is related to J-Channel Industries Corp.’s patented window frame technology and effectively resolves the patent infringement lawsuit filed against Quaker, which will be dismissed. “This is the 6th J-Channel agreement that we have entered [...]

Fortune Brands Authorizes Repurchasing $250 Million of its Own Shares

Oct 2nd, 2014

Fortune Brands is confident in its own ability to make money. That conclusion can be drawn by the company’s board of directors authorizing the repurchase of up to $250 million of shares of its common stock over the next two years. Fortune Brands continues to act on its strategy for utilizing free cash flow and [...]

Builders FirstSource Completes Acquisition of Trim Tech of Austin

Oct 2nd, 2014

Another acquisition is in the bag for Builders FirstSource Inc. The company has purchased Trim Tech of Austin Inc., a Hutto, Texas-based company 30 miles northeast of Austin. “This purchase provides a unique opportunity for us to expand our footprint by acquiring one of the largest remaining independent millwork suppliers in the greater Austin area,” [...]

Audsley Promoted to Senior Director of Engineering at SPI Window Division

Oct 2nd, 2014

Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) has selected Rick Audsley to be its new senior director of engineering for SPI’s window division. “Rick is uniquely qualified to direct the engineering departments in our California and Wisconsin operations,” says president Kendall Pierson. “We are counting on him to play a significant role in integrating the products lines of [...]

Fenestration Canada Talks Labeling Guidelines

Sep 30th, 2014

Courtesy: Fenestration Canada

When labeling fenestration, make sure you’re doing it right, particularly when it comes to mullions. This is according to Fenestration Canada (FC) technical consultant Jeff Baker, who reviewed North America Fenestration Standard’s (NAFS) labeling guidelines with mullions during a recent FC webinar. To start off, Baker made clear that air-water-structural performance ratings of products with [...]