December 12, 2012
Highlander Partners L.P., a Dallas-based private investment firm, has acquired Florida-based Custom Window Systems. Founded in 1986, CWS manufactures impact-resistant and non-impact windows and doors, as well as porch enclosure products. The company primarily serves the replacement and remodeling markets in Florida and other coastal markets in the Southeastern United States.
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December 12, 2012
Simonton Windows has launched a new company website at www.simonton.com. Designed for enhanced visual appeal, the site features a variety of new tools and resources for trade professionals.
“While we designed this site with a special focus on making the site a better experience for homeowners, we certainly have not forgotten about architects, builders, remodelers and... more »
December 11, 2012
The board of directors at Ingersoll-Rand plc has approved a plan to spin off its commercial and residential security businesses, which include Schlage locks and numerous other hardware brands. The separation will result in two standalone companies: Ingersoll Rand, a combination of industrial, transport refrigeration, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning businesses; and the new security... more »
December 10, 2012
Masonite International Corp. is closing a door fabrication plant in Kirkwood, N.Y., according to papers filed with the state's labor department. The move, scheduled for February 2013, will affect 64 workers.
The closing follows a November announcement from Masonite that it was losing about $70 million in retail business with Lowe's, primarily in the Northeast and Southwest.
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December 6, 2012
The Earthwise Group LLC, a national network of locally owned, independent manufacturers of windows and doors, has expanded with the addition of JetAlum, based in Kansas City, Mo., as its newest member. The addition brings the total number of Earthwise manufacturing facilities to 15, with distribution covering the majority of the Eastern half of the United States.
JetAlum manufactures Earthwise... more »
December 3, 2012
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with G-U Hardware, announced a voluntary recall of the hardware supplier's tilt-turn stay arms and side-hung sash hinges. In a November 28 release, CPSC officials advised consumers to stop using the recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
The recall affects about 5,000 G-U Hardware tilt-turn stay arm... more »
November 30, 2012
Adchem, a supplier of adhesive tapes for the window and door and numerous other industries, has launched a new website featuring a multi-attribute search system to help buyers and engineers select from hundreds of the company’s high performance, pressure-sensitive transfer, double-sided and specialty adhesive tape systems, it reports.
The new adchem.com site provides access to... more »
November 20, 2012
Builders FirstSource Inc., the manufacturer and distributor of building products for residential new construction, has launched its new website at ts www.bldr.com.
Video and other multimedia tools showcases the company's manufacturing and installation capabilities. Additionally, the new site features improved functionality by including location-specific information on products and services.... more »
November 19, 2012
Eovations LLC, an affiliate of Universal Forest Products, is launching what it describes as a process for manufacturing "a fully fiberized thermoplastic-mineral composite that replicates the fibrous structure of wood and creates a unique combination of strength, durability, aesthetic and workability properties." The company says the composite material is a strong candidate to replace... more »
November 19, 2012
The Smart Security App for smartphones and tablets has been developed by Kwikset to help builders and contractors select door hardware.
The application enables industry professionals to create projects that can be customized with interior and exterior door hardware, identifying the different options, types and quantities of hardware needed. Users can also save and view past... more »