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Volume 6   Issue 4                May 2005

WHAT's News

STANDARDS AND GUIDELINES
Fenestration Standard is Approved by CSA
The newest fenestration standard, AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/ 1.S. 2/A44004, Standard/ Specification for Windows, Doors and Unit Skylights, was officially approved by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), in a joint meeting of executives of the three associations involved on January 7, 2005. The format, which is expected to become effective in 2006, was published by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) and the Canadian Window and Door Manufacturers Association (CWDMA). The new document now covers the category of sidehinged doors.

The Standard/Specification incorporates the basic content of the previous editions: AAMA/NWWDA 101/l.S.297, Voluntary Specification for Aluminum, Vinyl (PVC) and Wood Windows and Glass Doors; AAMA/WDMA 1600/I.S.7, Voluntary Specification for Skylights; AAMA/WDMA 101/I.S.2/NAFS02, Voluntary Performance Specification for Windows, Unit Skylights, and Glass Doors; and CAN/CSA44000/CSA A440.100, Windows/User Selection Guide to CSA Standard CAN/CSAA44000, Windows. It also incorporates several significant changes and new requirements for products not covered previously by those standards, according to WDMA. 

“101/1.S. 2/A44004 represents years of collaboration within our industry; yet a few hurdles remain before it will be fully implemented. We expect initial acceptance into the IBC and IRC very soon, with the final ICC hearing for code adoption set for September,” said Dean Lewis, certification manager for AAMA. “Realistically, however, it may be another three years before all manufacturers will be certifying their products to the most current uniform North American standard.”

Lewis explained that the test standards used in the 1997 document are not identical to the same test standards in the 2002 document. The later standards were converted to metric equivalents, and minimum performance requirements were rounded up to the nearest number. Until products certified under 1997 standards are recertified under 101/1.S. 2/A44004, they are not in compliance with the most recent harmonized standard, according to AAMA. AAMA recommends a transition period in which the 1997 and 2002 documents are accepted along with the newest document.

“There’s simply not enough capacity at accredited testing laboratories to recertify products currently listed under the 1997 label. However, after this relatively short transition period, acceptance of a uniform performance standard for the United States and Canada will facilitate the manufacturing and marketing of window and door products across the border,” said Lewis.

For more on this story, see page 18.

MAGAZINES
Key Communications Named North American Sales Agent for GlassTech Asia 2005
Key Communications Inc., publisher of Door and Window Manufacturer magazine, has been named the official sales agent for North America for GlassTech Asia 2005.
The show, which will take place November 30 - December 2, 2005 will be held in Bangkok, Thailand at the Impact Arena Exhibition and Convention Centre. 

Space on the show floor is available to participating exhibitors at the price of $270 USD per square meter. A shell scheme is also available per square meter at the price of $320 USD. The shell includes carpeting, partitions, the company’s name on signage, one table, two chairs, two lights, one outlet and one wastebasket. A pre-schedule appointment program is also being offered to exhibitors as an additional bonus.

GlassTech Asia will have more than 98 percent of its previous attendees returning to be a part of GlassTech Asia 2005.Attendance is expected to increase from the more than 14,400 attendees that were a part of GlassTech Asia 2003.

All companies interested in exhibition at GlassTech Asia may contact Debra Levy of Key at 540-720-5584 ext. 111 or by e-mail at deb@glass.com. For additional show information visit www.glasstechasia.com.

Product Information Available at DWM Reader Service Info Center
A new service has been established for current DWM subscribers to learn more about products featured in the magazine at DWM reader service info center located at http://dwmmag.com/infocenter. Logging in is simple with the reader’s subscription identification number, which is located on the corner of the mailing label of the magazine. The identification number allows easy access to into a database, which holds up to six months of past issues. The information from DWM’s secure database is sent to the advertiser that is selected, and then the advertiser can send the requested information along to the reader. This helps the reader learn more about the product and companies to have more potential leads. 

For more information, call 540/720-5584 or subscribe to www.dwmmag.com

COMPANY NEWS
Sashlite Signs on Two New Fabricators
Sashlite Technology announced that it has signed on two new fabricators: North East Building Products and Accuweld, both are window fabricators from Pennsylvania (for more on Sashlite, see story page 46). 

Sashlite president Bob Hornung says the company is pleased to have these companies join the Sashlite family. The companies will be manufacturing a full line of double hungs, sliders and picture windows.

“By adopting the Sashlite technology, these companies are confident that they will increase their market share by offering higher-end products,” said Hornung. 

Executives of both companies said they are thrilled to begin their partnership with Sashlite.

“We anticipate high growth due to tremendous dealer interest in the Sashlite technology,” said Alan Levine, CEO of North East Building Products. “North East is focusing the Sashlite product towards the high-end market due to its aesthetic value and its superior structural and thermal performance.”

Randy Overcash, vice president of sales at Accuweld says there is already tremendous interest in Sashlite from retailers, particularly those who are interested in offering their customers the latest and most cutting-edge technology. 

“We also find that Sashlite is opening new opportunities which did not exist for us before,” he said.

Craig Seller, Accuweld CEO wholeheartedly agrees and said he anticipates that the company will order an additional Sashlite line in order to meet the demand. 

“Accuweld is going into its 25th year of fabricating windows for the residential market. I believe that this technology is the biggest innovation since the transformation from mechanical to welded windows,” he added. “Within three to five years, Sashlite will be the insulating glass system of choice in the United States.”

Deceuninck NV Integrates to Form Deceuninck North America
Deceuninck NV has announced the formation of Deceuninck North America by integrating Dayton Technologies LLC and Vinyl Building Products LLC. Deceuninck NV acquired Dayton Technologies in 1997, and Vinyl Building Products was acquired by the company in 2003. 

“Deceuninck North America now has a competitive advantage because it is totally integrated, has one of the broadest product offerings in the industry and can handle the complete process, from design and compounding to tooling, extrusion and testing,” said Darwin G. Brown, chief executive officer and vice chairperson. 

The company’s headquarters are in Monroe, Ohio, and three operating plants in Little Rock, Ark., Monroe, and Oakland, N.J. Planning is underway for a further expansion of manufacturing and warehousing on the west coast, according to the company. 

Peter Quig has been promoted to the new position of vice president of supply chain for the company.

“Quig will be a valuable asset in helping the company develop an efficient and cost-effective world class supply chain that is important now, and will become even more critical in the future,” said Mike Hutfless, chief operating officer. 

Quig holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Delaware, and will be relocating to Monroe from Oakland.

Hutfless has announced the appointment of Royce Ruggles to succeed Quig as director of operations for the company’s Oakland, N.J. facility. Heinz Braun has been appointed to director of operations for the company’s Little Rock, Ark. location. He will be responsible for establishing the Little Rock facility as an independent manufacturing site. 

Lamatek Changes Location of Headquarters
Lamatek Inc. has moved its headquarters from Edgewater Park, N.J., to West Deptford, N.J., in an effort to combine manufacturing, product development, sales, warehousing and all other business operations under one roof. The move is in response to the need for additional capacity and new capabilities fueled by expanding product lines, according to the company.

The new 50,000 square-foot facility is strategically located on the border of the Northeastern corridor and the Mid-Atlantic states, with direct access to I-295, the New Jersey Turnpike and the Philadelphia International Airport. In addition to the promise of workflow improvements and expanded capacity, the company’s new home will offer employee training facilities and a larger test lab. 

“We are excited to take this next step in our growth. This move will provide us with the additional resources we need to not only add capacity, but to also add additional capabilities and processes. It will allow us to better manage our raw materials and work-in-process inventory,” said Bob Carlson, president and chief executive officer.

Sealants from Sika Corp. Receive AAMA 808.3-92 Verified Component Certification
Sika Corp. of Madison Heights., Mich., has announced that Sikaflex® -201 and Sikaflex Textured Sealant, one-part polyurethane sealants have passed and received AAMA verification for 808.3-92, Voluntary Specifications and Test Methods for Sealants: Exterior Perimeter Sealing Compound.

“Sikaflex -201 and Sikaflex Textured Sealants join Sikaflex -219LM, Sikaflex -511 and SikaSil™ -N Plus as part of our AAMA certified product family,” said Barry Kutch, vice president, industrial business unit.


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