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  • Graham Partners, a private investment firm, has acquired Chelsea Building Products from the Tessenderlo Group. Chelsea, based in Oakmont, Pa., designs and extrudes vinyl window and door profiles. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, according to a July 25 Window & Door report.Based in Newtown Square, Pa., Graham Partners manages approximately $1.5 billion in investments, focusing on...
  • Vitro SAB, the Mexican glassmaker that defaulted on $1.2 billion in bonds, won approval of a U.S. bankruptcy petition that will focus the fight over its restructuring in a Mexican court, according to a July 21 Bloomberg report.Bondholders wanted to block U.S. recognition of the Mexican proceedings because they object to Vitro's decision to use $1.9 billion of intercompany debt to gain a majority...
  • KL megla officials announced the company has purchased the assets of Custom Hardware Manufacturing Inc., which closed in late 2009 due to financial problems. KL megla, the German multinational hardware manufacturer with U.S. headquarters in Oxnard, Calif., will continue to manufacture and distribute much of the CHMI hardware line of products, according to a release.In addition, the company is...
  • Arch Aluminum and Glass, ACI Glass Products (formerly Vitro Architectural Products) and United Glass Corp. have combined and re-emerged as Trulite Glass & Aluminum Solutions, according to a July 21 release. The new company--formed through acquisitions made by private investment firm Sun Capital Partners--will continue to service the commercial glazing market through its various...
  • PPG Industries reported sales for the second quarter of 2011 of $4.0 billion, an increase of 15 percent versus the prior year's second quarter. Net income for the quarter increased to $340 million versus $272 million in second quarter 2010, according to a July 21 company release."Our strong execution during the quarter enabled us to deliver excellent financial performance, including record...
  • Western Window Systems launched a new website at www.westernwindowsystems.com. The site provides user-friendly navigation through the company's product lines and project types, and includes product section details, elevations and other features for the architectural community, according to a release. The site evolves daily with product updates, company news, a Twitter feed, photos...
  • The American Institute of Architects reported the June Architecture Billings Index score was 46.3, almost a full point off the 47.2 score it posted in May, reflecting a continued decrease in demand for design services, according to a July 20 AIA release. On the bright side, the new projects inquiry index was 58.1, up sharply from a mark of 52.6 in May."This seems to be a case of not thinking it...
  • Q&A with Lloyd Talbert, president of C.R. LaurenceHow long do you anticipate it will be until U.S. Aluminum is back up and running?As of yesterday, we are back up and running at all but one U.S. Aluminum facility. We are moving the Los Angeles facility to a new building across the street from our manufacturing headquarters, and we anticipate opening in the next week or so. The other nine...
  • One week after officials from C.R. Laurence Co. announced the acquisition of U.S. Aluminum, the company is quickly resurrecting the aluminum system supplier. "I know the plants are currently gearing up. Personnel are getting back in place, and we are all excited about the rebirth and future of the company," says Paul DeGray, head of PDG Architectural Sales. The parent of U.S. Aluminum,...
  • Vitro SAB, the Mexican glassmaker that defaulted on $1.2 billion in bonds, may get a ruling as early as [this] week on a petition for U.S. bankruptcy protection to apply to its restructuring proceedings in Mexican court, according to a July 14 Bloomberg report.U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Harlin D. Hale said during a hearing July 13 in Dallas that he'll make a decision in the "next few...
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  • John Swanson, editor and associate publisher of Window & Door, passed away on Sunday, January 19, 2014, in Manhattan. He was 52 years old.John started his publishing career at Ashlee Publishing in New York City in 1984. He was founding editor of fenestration, launched in 1987, the first North American magazine specifically targeting the residential window and door market. There he...
  • BairdThomsenKevin Baird has been named president of the Global Flat Glass Group for Guardian Industries Corp., and will assume full profit and loss responsibility of the business unit, according to a Jan. 10 announcement from the company. Baird replaces Scott Thomsen, who resigned for health reasons.Most recently, Baird has been president and CEO of SRG Global Inc., a Guardian company. SRG...
  • Apogee Enterprises, Inc. has acquired Alumicor Ltd., the Toronto-based fabricator of aluminum frames for window, storefront, entrance and curtain-wall products for the Canadian commercial construction market. The transaction is valued at approximately $52 million.Alumicor will be the seventh stand-alone business in the Apogee portfolio. Apogee is also parent company of Viracon, Harmon,...