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The Deceuninck Icon sliding door at GlassBuild.

The 13th GlassBuild America show wrapped up its three-day run at Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center with notable announcements and a parade of new products.

Among the biggest news items from the show was Deceuninck’s announcement that it plans to open a new 150,000-square-foot production facility in Reno, Nev. The plant is expected to go online in April 2016, said Filip Geeraert, CEO of Deceuninck North America. It will initially operate six extrusion lines, but it has the capability to expand to 24.

“The West Coast expansion will be better for our customers, because it will be a lot easier to service our customers locally,” he said. “It will be faster.”

Deceuninck also unveiled new products and services at the show.

The company introduced its eos patio door, which is designed to complement the eos window system; the ICON 8650 multitrack sliding door system; and the .27 window, a residential product that the company says provides an economical way to get a U-factor of 0.27, which is required to meet Energy Star 6.0 in the Northern zone.

Deceuninck also introduced Deceuninck Commercial, an integrated fabricator member program comprised of technical, engineering, marketing and sales support that helps fabricators take advantage of commercial opportunities using Deceuninck’s line of products.

Additionally, Deceuninck North America hosted an emerging-markets area in its booth, which featured the Zendow series from Deceuninck Turkey. Representatives from 13 countries were in attendance, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador, Honduras, Mauritius, Mexico, Peru, Thailand, Turkey and Qatar.

Finally, Deceuninck announced that it’s starting up a new plant in Turkey, a country it considers “the gateway to the rest of the world,” given the massive amount of growth in demand for doors and windows. This includes both new construction and replacement.

Products Everywhere

One of the most interesting products at GlassBuild was G-U Ferco’s house entry door concept, which is unlocked by scanning a fingerprint. The door can recognize up to 150 different fingerprints, according to Charles Maves, GU-Ferco’s national sales manager.

At Vi-Lux, the company introduced its reinforced mull posts, which feature a one-piece extrusion with a hollow core. Michael Chausse of Vi-Lux said the reception to that product was tremendous and many new prospects stopped by.

Lamatek has signed on as a distributor of SilverTape from AFTC USA Inc., an acrylic foam tape that the company says can be used in both exterior and interior applications

“We’ve had great success with it so far,” said Laura Basara of Lamatek.

Creative Millwork showed off its collection of door and window grilles. The company offers simulated divided lites and true divided lites. The products are available in a selection of wood varieties and species.

Diversified Lineal Systems displayed a new double-hung window in its 2000 series that’s geared toward commercial applications.

Hornschuch displayed its integrated solution for the finishing and the decoration of window profile wrapping.

A Busy Show

Bill Oates of L.B. Plastics said it was very busy in their booth, and he had a great way of characterizing the mood on the show floor.

“The companies that have weathered the storm have a re-inspired feeling,” he said. “They are really re-energized.”

Jordan Kemerling of Smith Case, which makes custom carry cases for product displays, said his booth was hopping as well.

“It’s been great,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of people stop by and talk to us.”

According to GlassBuild officials, more than 7,300 attendees registered for the show.

GlassBuild America 2016 is scheduled for October 19-21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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