What’s News January/February 2022

February 16th, 2022 by Nathan Hobbs

Kudos

Quanex Cambridge Facility Earns ISO Certification

In addition to its existing ISO 9001 certification, Quanex recently reported that its insulating glass (IG) systems facility in Cambridge, Ohio, earned the ISO 45001-2018 designation for occupational health and safety (OH&S) management.

“If the team in Cambridge has proven anything in the last two years, it is that we rise to every challenge and persevere,” said Janice Williamson, plant manager for the Cambridge facility. “I am so proud of the team for earning this important distinction and for putting a solid framework in place to manage our risks and to find opportunities to prevent worker illnesses and injuries.”

The goal of ISO 45001-2018 is to enable organizations to provide a safe and healthy workplace by preventing work-related injury and ill health, as well as proactively improving OH&S performance. The Cambridge facility earned high marks in its business and legal resources training modules, 3E system for easy employee access to safety data sheets, layered safety audits, behavior-based safety audits and safety committees.

Expansions

Palmer-Donavin Moves into New Facility

Palmer-Donavin has moved into a new facility in Hebron, Ky., allowing the company to expand its service area to Nashville, Tenn., as well as serve select dealers in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. As a result of the new 200,000-square-foot location, “We will be able to expand our service area without disrupting our current delivery days and, with the new facility, we can better serve our will-call business,” said Vic Enis, regional sales manager.

According to a company release, the move from West Chester, Ohio, to Hebron makes for a more central location in the branch’s service area.

“The layout of the racking in the new building has better flow of product that will allow us to be more efficient with the handling of product and timelier on transfers and deliveries. We’re also excited about the facility’s new construction as we expect less wear on equipment and on the bodies of employees,” said Tom Bartlett, vice president of operations.

Palmer-Donavin has eight locations throughout Palmer-Donavin’s new facility in Hebron, Ky. the Midwest and services dealers in 11 states.

Legal

Counsel in Jeld-Wen Class Action Seek Payment

After securing a $40 million settlement to end the legal proceedings in a class-action, anti-trust suit against Jeld-Wen, lawyers are now seeking to add attorneys’ fees on top of a portion of the settlement, which they say is their share of the class payment. They’re asking for 25% of the settlement plus litigation expenses and interest.

A total of six firms applied for attorney’s fees, citing that together they put in more than 18,000 hours of work to “obtain a very favorable settlement for the class.”

Citing no fewer than 50 examples of case law, the attorneys outlined the “notable litigation successes” they achieved to procure a settlement, and the work that went into it, down to the number of document pages they collectively analyzed during discovery and the number of people identified, contacted, interviewed and deposed. Attorneys say the work “demonstrated that they were prepared to take this case through trial” had a settlement not been reached.

All of this work, they say, amounts to $1,241,263.63 in litigation expenses, which they are asking for on top of their cut of the settlement, which comes in at around $10 million.

M&A

2020 Acquires FeneTech

2020, a provider of applications and enterprise solutions for interior design, space planning and furniture manufacturing, announced the acquisition of FeneTech Inc. The company says the acquisition expands 2020’s end-to-end solutions for the fenestration market, as the company plans to extend solutions for the design, construction and placement of doors and windows. Officials for Fenetech say the move extends the software provider’s reach as well, as for more than 20 years the company has developed software solutions to support the business processes of door, window, and glass companies.

Thermoplast Acquires Nextrusions

Thermoplast, of Laval, Quebec, announced the acquisition of Nextrusions, the door, window and door profile division of Vision Group. As a result, the company was renamed Thermoplast Nextrusions. The Nextrusions plant is located in Anjou, Quebec, with 18 extrusion lines and nearly 100 employees, most of whom officials say retained their positions.

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