Nationwide Housing Production Edges Up in February

Mar 19th, 2013

Nationwide housing production edged up 0.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 917,000 units in February, according to newly released figures from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. This slight upward movement represented gains in both the single-family and multifamily sectors, with single-family housing starts reaching their fastest pace since June of 2008. [...]

Several Window Lines Recognized as the Most Efficient of Energy Star 2013

Mar 14th, 2013

The Department of Energy (DOE) has recognized several lines of window products as the Most Energy Efficient of Energy Star 2013. Each year, the Environmental Protection agency (EPA) establishes criteria for specific product categories to earn the Most Efficient mark. Products that are recognized as Most Efficient must already qualify for the Energy Star label. [...]

Ventana Reorganizes Sales Team

Mar 8th, 2013

Ventana USA announced a reorganization of its sales team to service its customers and prospects more effectively. Kevin Reilly and Andrew Rodriguez have been appointed regional sales managers. Reilly will focus on the central and western U.S., Rodriguez will concentrate on the eastern U.S. Reilly has been with Ventana for more than eight years, Rodriguez [...]

Hulse Discusses Electrochromic Technology

Mar 7th, 2013

Attendees of today’s Glass Expo Northeast™ (GENE) 2013 were able to learn about electrochromic glass in a presentation given by Andrew Hulse, vice president of business development for SAGE Electrochromics Inc. about “Electronically Tintable Glass as an Architectural Enabler.” People love glass, according to Hulse, but windows can have a major impact on energy consumption. [...]

Stürtz Maschinenbau Emerges from Insolvency

Mar 7th, 2013

Effective March 1, 2013, Willi Stürtz Maschinenbau GmbH was acquired by a private investment firm and will now operate under the name Stürtz Maschinenbau GmbH (Stürtz.) The company had filed preliminary insolvency proceedings in December of 2012. The purchase of the company by a family-owned investment firm includes all physical and intellectual property at the [...]

Housing Affordability Increases Nationwide

Feb 21st, 2013

Exceptionally low interest rates helped ensure a slight gain in nationwide housing affordability amid relatively stable house prices in the final quarter of 2012, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI), released today. In all, 74.9 percent of homes sold between the beginning of October and end of December [...]

View Responds to Patent Infringement Allegations, Makes Counterclaims

Feb 19th, 2013

Milpitas, Calif.-based View Inc., formerly Soladigm Inc., has responded to patent infringement allegations made against it by Sage Electrochromics and has filed a counterclaim against the Faribault, Minn.-based company. Sage had alleged that View has infringed on both its patent no. 5,724,177 (the ‘177 patent), titled “Electrochromic Devices and Methods,” and no. 7,372,610 (the ‘610 [...]

Quanex’s Engineered Products Group Reports 5.2 Percent Increase in Net Sales

Dec 27th, 2012

The Engineered Products Group (EPG) of Houston-based Quanex has reported its net sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal-year 2012 as $136.4 million, compared with $129.6 million a year ago—a 5.2-percent increase. The company attributes the increase to sales of higher insulating glass (IG) spacers and vinyl extrusions. The EPG, which includes Edgetech I.G., saw [...]

Construction Employment Rises in 27 States from September to October

Dec 11th, 2012

A new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that construction employment rose in 27 U.S. states from the month of September 2012 to October 2012. The largest increase was seen in Alaska, where those employed in construction rose from 12.6 thousand to 13.8 thousand—an increase of 9.5 percent. Additionally, Mississippi saw a rise [...]

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Nov 30th, 2012

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