ProVia Wins Energy Star Award for Excellence

Apr 7th, 2015

-+*ProVia, an Energy Star partner since 2002, has received an award for excellence in Energy Star promotion for its outstanding efforts to promote energy-efficient products. It’s being honored for its work to educate consumers about the importance of energy efficiency and increase awareness of Energy Star programs and products. The company’s extensive promotional efforts include: […]

Fenzi North America Picks National Sales Manager for Canada

Apr 7th, 2015

-+*Fenzi North America has named Bob Lalonde the company’s national sales manager for Canada. He started in his new position on March 31. “Bob joined Fenzi North America in last spring and has showed a strong commitment to his customer’s thru-out all of Canada, ensuring Fenzi’s place in the marketplace is well represented,” said Fenzi […]

It’s Window Safety Week: Here’s What to Tell Your Customers

Apr 7th, 2015


-+*It’s important for door and window manufacturers and dealers to remind homeowners about safety. That’s why every April, the National Safety Council’s Window Safety Task Force sponsors Window Safety Week. This year, it’s running April 5-11. “Window safety is not only an important issue in our industry but in our daily lives, as proper precautions […]

Online Review Sites: Who Can You Trust?

Apr 6th, 2015


-+*As more door and window business is conducted online, web-based review sites are becoming a vital part of marketing and promotion for companies in the industry. During the recent Fenestration Day industry gathering in Irvine, Calif., which was hosted by DWM Magazine, attendees at the dealer roundtable had strong thoughts about review websites such as […]

Swiss Takeover Board Upholds Sika’s Opt-Out Clause

Apr 2nd, 2015

-+*The Swiss Takeover Board has upheld Sika AG’s “opt-out clause,” which allows French conglomerate Saint-Gobain to buy Schenker-Winkler Holding (SWH) and majority voting rights in Sika without having to make an offer for the remaining shares. SWH is owned by the Burkard family, which controls 16.1 percent of Sika’s capital with 52.4 percent in voting […]

Virginia Shines, Delaware Struggles in New IBHS Building Code Ratings

Apr 2nd, 2015

The IBHS has a new building code rating out for the 18 hurricane-prone states.

-+*The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) is making waves in the coastal states. The institute released the second edition of its “Rating the States” reports. The study assesses the progress of 18 hurricane-prone coastal states along the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Coast in strengthening their residential building code systems since IBHS’ […]

DW Distribution Expands Operations in Texas

Apr 2nd, 2015

-+*DW Distribution Inc., a family owned and operated  wholesale distributor of millwork products and building materials in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and New Mexico,  has contracted with the MetroWest Reload facility near Ft. Worth, Texas, to enhance service within its region. “Investment in our Fort Worth reload operation gives us a competitive advantage and creates a […]

Congressman Visits Roto Frank of America

Apr 2nd, 2015

Above (left to right): Nicola Michels, Vice President, German American Chamber of Commerce; Debra Wallis, Vice President & CFO, Roto Frank of America; Chris Dimou, President & CEO, Roto Frank of America; and U.S. Congressman Joe Courtney.

-+*A visit from a congressman is always nice—especially when that visit could result in a real impact on the legislative front. Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) stopped by Roto Frank of America recently to discuss the future of U.S. manufacturing. Accompanied by field representative Gene Tewskbury, the congressman met with members of the Chester, Conn.-based company’s […]

Screenco Just Acquired a Major Competitor

Apr 2nd, 2015

-+*There are two ways to take out a competing company: 1) Beat ‘em and 2) Buy ‘em. Screenco Manufacturing did the latter to Alumaroll Specialty Co., a fabricator of custom window and patio door screens based in Sheboygan, Wisc. “This acquisition enables us to offer some of our unique brands to the U.S. marketplace through […]

MFM Hires New Representatives for Two States

Apr 2nd, 2015

Jim Camferdam

-+*Coshocton, Ohio-based MFM Building Products, is expanding its operations in Arkansas and Mississippi. Beginning this month, the company will be represented by Jim Camferdam (Camferdam Management Company Inc.) in Arkansas and Michael Scott (Michael Scott Enterprises, LLC) in Mississippi. Camferdam has more than 39 years of experience in the building products industry, servicing building material […]