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.

Total sales in the fourth quarter were $450.1 million, compared to $333 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. Sales of doors and windows rose 62 percent during that period.

For the year, net sales increased 14.7 percent to $1.56 billion. Excluding the acquisition of Simonton, which cost $130 million, the company’s net sales increased 4.1 percent. Operating earnings increased $33.7 million to $61.5 million compared to 2013.

“With the addition of Simonton and our progress on our strategic initiatives, we are well positioned to take advantage of the housing market rebound and recovery in residential new construction and remodeling activity,” said Gary E. Robinette, Ply Gem’s president and CEO, in a statement.

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