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From Jet Engines to Thin-Triple, PGTI Revamps Virginia Facility for Glass

Feb 5th, 2024

PGT Innovations is set to be acquired by Miter Brands, but that hasn’t stopped the company from moving forward with existing plans—including a new glass company and production facility in Prince George, Virginia, where it will produce thin-triple glass. In June 2023, the company announced a new form of thin, laminated glass it co-developed with […]

Construction Rises but Can Builders Finish With so Few Hands?

Feb 1st, 2024

The labor market showed significant improvements over 2022-23. But for construction, that trend was destined to change, experts warned [DWM]. By mid-2023, the number of workers needed had reached the mid-300,000 range, after peaking at over 500,000. Those improvements were attributed mostly to a decrease in starts among single-family homes, said Robert Dietz, chief economist […]

Associated Materials Sues Insurer Over Legal Fees

Jan 31st, 2024

In the midst of defending itself from a lawsuit for allegedly providing defective products, door and window manufacturer Associated Materials is embroiled in a series of lawsuits involving Markel American Insurance Co. (Markel). Associated Materials accuses Markel of breaching its duty by refusing to pay the rates billed by the legal representation the company chose […]

Quaker Faces Class-Action Lawsuit Over Data Breach

Jan 29th, 2024

After an unauthorized user accessed files on Quaker Window Products’ computer network, one of the company’s former employees has filed a class action complaint against the company. According to a Notice of Data Security Incident filed by the company with Maine’s attorney general, the potentially affected information varied by individual but may include names, addresses […]

PPI: Prices Steady from November, Continued to Climb from 2022

Jan 25th, 2024

The latest Producer Price Index (PPI) from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows prices for materials used in door and window manufacturing are beginning to steady on a month-to-month basis, but remain mostly up over the previous year. In December, the monthly PPI for flat glass in the commodity category continued to climb, […]

Vinylmax and Assa Abloy to Close Plants, Shed 131 Employees

Jan 24th, 2024

Home sales are expected to rise and experts predict anywhere from a 5% to 9% growth rate in single-family construction in 2024. But that hasn’t stopped two companies from announcing closures in recent days, including one plant in New York and another in North Carolina. Officials for Assa Abloy submitted a Worker Adjustment and Retraining […]

Vinyl Institute Warns of New Focus on Production and Transport of Plastics

Jan 22nd, 2024

The Vinyl Institute (VI) announced a second year of post-consumer PVC recycling grants last week. Officials say the program is dedicated to advancing recycling practices nationwide, including among door and window companies. VI has dedicated $1 million per year to help grow PVC recycling programs for post-consumer materials. For doors and windows, officials are eying […]

With the New Year Comes New Confidence for Builders

Jan 18th, 2024

The new year rang in bright for homebuilders, says Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) chief economist Anirban Basu. The association’s Construction Backlog Indicator rose to 8.6 months in December from 8.5 months in November. This is according to an ABC member survey conducted December 20 through January 4. “Collectively, contractors experienced an uptick in optimism […]

PGTI Backs Out on Masonite for New $3.1 Billion Deal

Jan 17th, 2024

After a buyout turned merry-go-round for Venice, Florida-based PGT Innovations Inc., officials announced Wednesday they’ve reached a final deal with Miter Brands—more “final” than the deal they made with Masonite in December, it seems. Masonite issued a press release announcing the termination of its agreement to purchase PGTI, instead pocketing an $84 million fee. The […]

New Year’s Day Earthquake Sparks Interest in Japan’s Seismic Building Codes

Jan 11th, 2024

Building resilience is at the forefront of the conversation surrounding Japan’s recent 7.5 magnitude New Year’s Day earthquake on the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa prefecture. Reports indicate that the quake killed hundreds of people, with many left homeless. The destruction could have been worse. Other earthquakes throughout the world have seen greater devastation. This includes […]