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Window + Door’s Most-clicked News Stories of 2019

The many industry acquisitions in 2019 piqued interest of Window + Door readers, based on the results of the magazine’s most-clicked news, compiled between Jan. 1 to Dec. 13. Expansions, closures and new products also attracted reader attention. Read on for a summary of and link to the top 10 most-clicked news items of the year. 

Masco Corp. Sells Milgard Windows and Doors to MI Windows and Doors

In June 2019, Masco Corp. completed its strategic review of its cabinetry and windows businesses and pursued the sale of those businesses, including Milgard Windows and Doors. Keith Allman, Masco’s president and CEO, said that the decision marked a company strategy to move away from new construction, as well as architectural products businesses.

MI Windows and Doors entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Milgard at the beginning of October, a process that’s expected to close by the end of 2019. “This acquisition aligns with our strategies to diversify our product offering, balance the end markets we serve, and expand our presence in growing markets," says Matt DeSoto, MI CEO.

Marvin Acquires SIW Windows & Doors Assets, Rebrands 
The Marvin Companies acquired the assets of SIW Windows & Doors and formed a new business venture, SIW Solutions. In partnership with current SIW Windows & Doors ownership, The Marvin Companies is now the majority owner of the new SIW Solutions.

In April 2019, Marvin Windows and Doors also united the brand with the Integrity Windows and Doors brand to be known simply as Marvin. The Marvin brand now represents all fenestration products previously known as Marvin Windows and Doors and Integrity Windows and Doors, with both of those brand logos now retired. The company also has reorganized its product portfolio and developed several internal initiatives to support continued product introductions.

Jeld-Wen to Close Washington Plant
Charlotte, North Carolina-based Jeld-Wen closed its Yakima, Washington, plant in April 2019 to “build efficiencies under a revised business plan,” as reported by the Yakima Herald. The company reportedly has a plan in place to move the 179 employees to other facilities or provide outplacement services for those who will need to seek new employment. Jeld-Wen has had a presence in Yakima since 1987. 

Andersen Windows Proposes $35 Million Project
Andersen Windows embarked on a $35-million project in Cottage Grove, Minnesota, reported the Twin Cities Pioneer Press in late June 2019. The 350,000-square-foot facility is the latest in Andersen's construction streak of a $40-million factory it constructed in Bayport, Minnesota, in 2018, a planned $105-million factory near Phoenix and $45 million in expansion projects in Cottage Grove and North Branch, Minnesota. The new factory is expected to employ 125 and will connect to an existing Renewal by Andersen factory, which employs 700 workers.

Jeld-Wen Holding Inc. Acquires VPI Quality Windows Inc.
As of March 2019, Jeld-Wen Holding Inc. acquired VPI Quality Windows Inc., a vinyl window manufacturer specializing in customized solutions for mid-rise multifamily, institutional, hospitality and commercial projects, primarily in the western U.S.

Pella Acquires Custom Window Systems
Pella Corp. acquired Ocala, Florida-based Custom Window Systems, which specializes in vinyl and aluminum impact-resistant products, in October 2019. Pella says the acquisition will enable the company to strategically expand and build scale in the high-growth Florida area and coastal regions in the Southeast.

J.D. Power Ranks Window and Patio Door Manufacturers, Retailers
The J.D. Power 2019 Windows and Patio Doors Satisfaction Study, released in August 2019, ranked top window and patio door manufacturer and retailers. Infinity from Marvin ranked as the highest window and patio door manufacturer with a satisfaction score of 890, followed by Renewal by Andersen (887) and American Craftsman (869). For window and patio door retailers, Window World ranked highest with a score of 878 followed by Renewal by Andersen (875).

Andersen Showcases New Products, Design Visionaries at 2019 IBS
Andersen Windows debuted new innovations, including products to enable easier installation and larger window combinations, smart home technology and a virtual reality design tool at the National Association of Homebuilders’ 2019 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, Feb. 19-21.

Veka Forms New Digital Solutions Company
In a move to expand its product portfolio with digital, forward-thinking products, Veka formed stand-alone company Digital Product Solutions Corp., as of July 2019. DPS Corp. will work closely with Veka’s customer base to bring digital solutions to the window and door industry, with potential for entry into the outdoor living market space. This venture is part of a global initiative by the Veka Group to offer digital solutions to markets around the world.

Pella To Open Manufacturing Facility in North Carolina
Pella Corp. selected Reidsville, North Carolina, for its new manufacturing facility as of May 2019. Pella will occupy an existing 150,000-square-foot space, where it will produce and distribute vinyl windows and doors. Pella expects to begin hiring in the fourth quarter of 2019 and estimates that 125 jobs will be created by the time the facility is fully staffed.