What’s News September 2019

July 16th, 2021 by Nathan Hobbs

Associations

AAMA and IGMA Members Vote in Favor of Unification, New Name

After more than a year of working through the details for a potential combination of the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) and the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), in early August members of both organizations voted to proceed with the unification process. The organization’s new name, officials said, will be the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA). The associations first announced the possibility of forming a unified organization on June 5, 2018. The discussion came about, in part, due to IGMA executive director Margaret Webb’s impending retirement and the need to establish new management for IGMA. IGMA and AAMA held a Joint Summer Conference in Victoria, B.C., in June 2019 to give members of both organizations
a chance to experience how the other worked.

Beginning this month, the two existing boards will work together to execute steps toward unification, which officials expect to last throughout the remainder of 2019. A strategic planning meeting will be held, most likely in October, to blend the vision and priorities for the new organization and to create a three- to five-year strategy. They will also begin brand development work.

“The value of the new organization will be a stronger industry voice, offering members and the industry single-source access to critical information,” says AAMA board chairman Donnie Hunter, who is the director of global product management for Kawneer. “With knowledgeable professionals from both the fenestration and glass industries, better synergy for the whole finished fenestration product will be available, as well as direct access to Canadian market, codes and regulatory expertise.”

A combined organization also delivers expanded technical competencies and a broader document base, Hunter suggested.

IGMA board president Nathalie Thibault, of Prelco, adds, “These expanded technical competencies will further support educational opportunities. Plus, members can look forward to enhanced conference programming through an expanded content offering and broader networking opportunities through combined events.”

The combined financial resources of both organizations will lead to future investments in industry research, technical resources and educational programs, Thibault said.

It is unclear when AAMA and IGMA will hold their first meeting under a new name.

Kudos

Inox: a Sacramento, Calif.-based manufacturer of decorative hardware and door locks, netted top billing at the 2019 NYCxDESIGN Awards competition. The award was presented for the company’s colorful new array of ceramic-coated hardware, dubbed CeraMax Rainbeaux.

The NYCxDESIGN awards were presented by Interior Design magazine and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York.

Expansions

Andersen Corp.: broke ground in the final days of July on an expansion for its Renewal by Andersen manufacturing campus in Cottage Grove, Minn. Adjacent to the existing Renewal by Andersen facility on Jamaica Ave., the expansion will include a 350,000-square-foot space for manufacturing, warehousing and offices. The company plans to invest more than $35 million and is expected to create at least 125 new jobs in the region.

Codes and Regs

EPA Releases Criteria for Energy Star Most Efficient 2020

In late July, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the latest proposed criteria for its Energy Star Most Efficient program for 2020, including windows.

Windows and sliding glass doors (NFRC operator type DDSG) for residential buildings eligible for recognition must be Energy Star-certified consistent with applicable Energy Star Partner Commitments and meet the requirements set forth in the latest version of the Energy Star Program Requirements and Eligibility Criteria for Windows (or Doors for Sliding Glass Doors). Product performance (U-factor and solar heat gain coefficient ratings) must be certified by a certification body recognized by the EPA. Products also must be independently certified to meet the North American Fenestration Standard/Specification (NAFS) with a performance grade of greater than or equal to 15.

Across all four climate zones (Northern, North-Central, South-Central and South), products must provide U-factor ratings of d 0.20. SHGC requirements range from t 0.20 to d 0.40, depending on region.

Upon review and approval of product applications received from Energy Star Partners, EPA will add qualifying models to the Energy Star Most Efficient 2020 products list for windows from January 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020.

New Revisions Part of OSHA’s Plan for Improvement

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) updated several regulations in July that administration officials said are designed to clarify and adjust standards that might be confusing, outdated or unnecessary for employers. The development marks the fourth and final rule under OSHA’s Standards Improvement Project, revising 14 provisions.

Employers are advised by the administration to review updates, ensuring current safety policies and procedures follow OSHA standards.

An OSHA press release claims that these updates will potentially save businesses a collective estimate of $6.1 million dollars each year, while streamlining many of the required safety procedures.

Legal

Pella Corp. v. Apogee Enterprises: In a complaint filed against Apogee Enterprises and EFCO Corp. with the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Iowa in early July, Pella Corp. is alleging that Apogee failed to make payments for its purchase of EFCO (from Pella) in June 2017.  The company further alleges that EFCO has so far failed to release it from a General Contract of Indemnity (GIC) since the purchase. Pella is seeking more than $7.5 million in damages.

In the complaint, Pella alleges that despite a stock purchase agreement signed prior to its sale of EFCO, Apogee has failed to make $2.5 million payments to Pella on the first and second anniversaries of the closing date, which was June 12, 2017. According to the document, Apogee agreed to make the payments “regardless of any dispute that may exist with respect to any of the parties.” Apogee’s counsel also informed Pella that Apogee would not be make the third installment of its payment, according to the filing. Apogee purchased all of EFCO’s stock in a sale totaling approximately $195 million in June 2017.

By press time, no official response was made on behalf of the defendant. [DWM] will continue to monitor and provide updates when available.

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