Window and Door March/April 2012 : Page 31

Clockwise from top left: Wood window operations at Lux Windows in Canada. Harvey Building Products manufactures wood and vinyl windows at its plant in New Hampshire. Finishing an entry door at ProVia’s plant in Ohio. story in that arena, with Onex Corp., a Canadian invest-ment group, aquiring a majority stake in Jeld-Wen. The deal, valued at $870 million, was designed to reduce debt at Jeld-Wen, which many see as North America’s largest win-dow and door manufacturer and one of the largest industry companies in the world. Other than Onex, private equity firms were fairly quiet within the Top 100 in 2011. There were some acquisitions. Masonite also made some sizable investments, buying Marshfield DoorSys-tems and Birchwood Best, two companies focused on the commerical door business. Other deals within the Top 100 were more modest. ProVia, which had already expanded beyond windows and doors into siding, added a stone business. Steves & Sons acquired the assets of Ad-vantage Millwork to expand its line, while TruStile added Woodharbor’s door production operations. PUTTING IT TOGETHER This year, the Top 100 welcomes a number of companies for the first time. New entries from the U.S. include Michigan’s Wallside Windows. Arizona’s Paramount Window Corp., and Mar-iTech Windows and Don Young Co. from Texas. From Canada, the Window Designs Group of Ontario and Solaris International from Que-bec join the rankings for the first time. Based on the annual sales yardstick, at least some of these companies probably could have been included in previous years. No list is perfect, and we don’t make any de-finitive claims about the Window & Door Top 100. We don’t claim to know every company that could possibly be included and don’t have enough information for some companies that possibly belong within these rankings. In putting this feature together, we start each year with the previous year’s list, contacting individual companies to obtain information and confirmation. We also gather input from a number of industry experts as to what other companies should be on the list and reach out to other potential listees. In addition to contacting the companies themselves, we also use independent sources, such as Dun & Bradstreet, and information published elsewhere, to determine which companies may belong in the rankings. It is important to note that the Top 100 focuses on the North American industry. While such companies as the Formosa Group, VKR and YKK are included, they are part of the Top 100 because they have residential window, door or skylight manufacturing operations in North America. They are ranked not by their North American sales, but based on their global sales, as are North America based manufacturers, to reflect their potential strength and influence on the market here. Window & Door does not attempt to rank other global window and door manufacturers that do not have operations here. 31

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