Window and Door — August 2012
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A quick round-up of stories from WDweekly and the Window & Door website, including a Jeld-Wen and Roto acquisitions, updates from AAMA, WDMA, DOE and more.
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In a move to expand door manufacturing capacity, Jeld-Wen Inc. plans to acquire Craftmaster Manufacturing Inc. Closing is expected to occur in the third quarter of 2012. CMI, based in Chicago, produces CraftMaster molded door facings and doors, MiraTec exterior composite trim and Extira exterior composite panels, with its principal manufacturing facility in Towanda, Pa. In addition to expanding Jeld-Wen's manufacturing footprint, the acquisition will give Jeld-Wen access to new and proprietary technology and increases its focus on environmentally-friendly wood composite exterior products, officials state. "Customers will benefit from Jeld-Wen's enhanced competitiveness derived from greater capacity utilization and scale," adds Jim Morrison, Jeld-Wen executive vice president.

The U.S. Department of Energy will spend significantly less on window technology research, officials reported at a Window Technology Roadmap Workshop held in June. "We're expecting a 50 percent to 80 percent reduction in funding for fiscal year 2013," reported Marc LaFrance, DOE technology development manager. "There is less interest in the envelope and windows these days," he added. "We will do the best we can and manage through." Looking forward, DOE will be focusing on retrofit and replacement of the current window stock, he also stated. Government researchers also believe that "the future is dynamic windows," he said.

THV Compozit Windows & Doors is expanding through the acquisition of Paragon Door Designs. Both companies are based in Louisville, Ky. "The acquisition of Paragon by THV Compozit is an excellent marriage of strengths and matched vision," says Charles L. Smith, THV Compozit CEO. "The combined company has unique expertise in sales, marketing, product innovation and distribution. We have a complete program with THV Compozit windows, along with Paragon doors and storm doors, that provides real product differentiation to give our dealers the type of competitive selling advantages that will help them dominate their local markets."

Fasco Die Cast Inc., a manufacturer of window and patio door hardware based in Mississauga, Ontario, has been acquired by Roto AG, parent company of Roto Frank of America Inc. The new subsidiary will operate under the Roto Fasco Canada name. "This targeted acquisition in Canada is testimony to Roto's international growth strategy, strengthens our presence and significance in North America, and serves as a base for continued growth," states Eckhard Keill, Roto AG's executive board chair."Fasco is an ideal complement to Roto Frank of America's products and therefore increases the relevant market potential," adds Chris Dimou, who has served as CEO and president of the Roto operation in Chester, Conn., and now holds that title for both North American units. "The additional production and warehouse capacity further improves the ability to react quickly to customer needs."

Weather Shield Windows & Doors has launched a "ReInvented" campaign, which includes the introduction of three new product lines. "This summer, the industry will see noticeable changes in Weather Shield–changes that we're confident will keep our business and our dealers' businesses strong," says Mark Schield, VP of the Wisconsin-based manufacturer. "The ReInvented campaign represents new products and marketing, and much more. 'Re- Invented' captures the idea behind changes we're making to streamline manufacturing and continuously improve our quality. It points to our confidence in the company and our investment in the future. It signifies a renewed momentum and positive steps forward."

Fenetech Inc. released its newest ERP software upgrade, FeneVision Neo, to an audience of 180 window manufacturer and glass fabricators at its 10th annual FeneVision user conference in June. "This is our future," said Ron Crowl, president of the Aurora, Ohio-based software supplier. The new upgrade is available for use on mobile tablets with free apps available from the App Store and Android Market. The upgrade also allows users to customize their screen background choices and provides numerous other enhancements.

MI Windows & Doors plans to close its manufacturing plant in Smyrna, Tenn., this fall. The facility currently employs 103 people. "This move is by no means a reflection upon the performance of our team in Smyrna, but rather is part of our long-term strategy to consolidate our operations into three manufacturing centers located in Arizona, Texas, and Pennsylvania," says Matt DeSoto, MI's COO. The manufacturer has also started production of vinyl product lines at its Texas plant, officials report.

Rugby Architectural Building Products, a New Hampshire-based distributor of wood products and decorative surfacing, is expanding with the addition of Lumber Products, an Oregon-based distributor of doors and industrial building products which filed for chapter 11 protection in April. With the deal, Rugby has added locations in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah and New Mexico.

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