Newly-Formed Benada Aluminum Products Purchases FEI
St. Louis-based FTL Capital LLC recently purchased the former
Benada Aluminum of Florida Inc.’s (BAF) assets and formed a new company,
Benada Aluminum Products LLC. The newly formed company subsequently purchased
the assets of Florida Extruders International Inc. (FEI) for $8.1 million
through a bankruptcy auction in June.
BAF previously was owned by Monte Friedkin, who has been in the aluminum
extrusion business for more than 50 years and now will serve as president
and chief executive officer of Benada Aluminum Products. He says the new
company will serve the residential, commercial and industrial extrusion
“Really this was a simultaneous closing,” says Jake Sturdy, vice president,
FTL Capital. “We were intrigued by this bankruptcy process but it only
made sense if Monte and his organization were involved. We wouldn’t have
done without the other.”
He adds, “We are very excited for the potential to increase market share
and reduce costs by combining the assets and operations of FEI and BAF.
Our extensive industry experience coupled with FTL Capital’s resources
and financial and strategic leadership capabilities provides Benada with
a solid foundation for profitable growth in future.”
FEI had filed for Chapter 11 in late April, citing financial difficulties
stemming from a number of causes, including Chinese imports of aluminum
extrusions and building code changes in Florida that company officials
say have promoted a market shift toward vinyl windows. The company closed
its doors in February 2011, according to court documents.
Kuiken Brothers Opens Drive-Through Lumberyard
Kuiken Brothers Co. Inc. has opened a location in Succasunna, N.J. The
new retail site features a 12-acre, drive-through lumber and building
materials facility that will serve builders, remodelers and homeowners.
It also features an on-site door and window showroom and a window assembly
This is the company’s ninth location—eight of which are located in New
Jersey and one in Warwick, N.Y.
Vytex Expands with Distribution Center in Cleveland
Vytex Windows, based in Laurel, Md., has added a new distribution center
Vytex’s Chuck Scalzott says that the Cleveland operation opens an entirely
new market for the company, which already has an “established anchor customer”
in Cleveland for which Vytex will provide measuring and installation services.
“It is a good time for expansion because the business base has already
been established there,” says Scalzott. “With the age of the home stock
in the Cleveland area showing about 75 percent or more homes having been
built before 1978, the window replacement opportunities there are very
The company is looking at further expansions into Columbus and other areas
of western Ohio. Vytex currently serves the Mid-Atlantic states, North
and South Carolina, and Georgia.
Universal Molding Co. Purchases International Window Parent
Downey, Calif.-based Universal Molding Co. purchased the assets of International
Window’s parent company, International Architectural Products, through
an auction in June for a purchase price of $8 million.
The asset purchase included the majority of the company’s assets, with
the exclusion of a few items, according to court documents. Excluded items
included the company’s cash, accounts receivable, tax refunds, causes
of action, books and records, non-assignable permits and any and all leases.
However, International’s owned property in Waxahachie, Texas, including
its factory, was included in the sale, according to court documents.
International Architectural Products filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in
early May (see related story in June 2011 DWM, page 20).
Quanex Building Products Posts Loss in Second Quarter
Quanex Building Products Corp. reported a diluted loss from continuing
operations of $0.04 per share in its fiscal 2011 second-quarter results.
The quarter included Edgetech transaction costs of $0.03 per share.
Additionally, the company reports that second-quarter earnings from continuing
operations were down from a year ago primarily due to weaker results at
the Engineered Products Group (EPG), which had both lower sales and higher
organic growth initiative expenses.
Second-quarter revenue for EPG was $82.5 million, which included one month
of Edgetech sales of $6.4 million, and was lower than a year ago as demand
at that time benefitted from two housing related tax credit programs,
according to the company. Operating income of $1.9 million was down from
a year ago due to lower revenue and higher growth initiative costs of
about $0.6 million. EPG’s income included one month’s operating loss at
Edgetech of $0.9 million. Whose Edgetech results were negatively impacted
by a step-up in inventory expense related to the purchase method of accounting
of $0.9 million, according to Quanex.
Masonite to Acquire Marshfield to Offer Broader Range of Commercial
Masonite Inc. has signed an agreement to acquire Marshfield DoorSystems
Inc., headquartered in Marshfield, Wis. The company says the acquisition
will allow it to offer a wider range of products for the commercial market.
Marshfield, provider of doors and door components for commercial and architecturally
specified applications, has manufactured doors since 1908. The company
employs approximately 600 people, with a primary facility in Marshfield
and two smaller locations in Greensboro, N.C., and Largo, Fla. Marshfield’s
2010 revenue exceeded $100 million, according to Masonite. No other financial
details of the acquisition have been disclosed.
“The combination of Marshfield and Masonite’s Mohawk branded commercial
door business provides our customers with a wider range of innovative
door products for the more demanding commercial and architectural applications,”
says Fred Lynch, Masonite’s president and chief executive officer (CEO).
“Marshfield also provides an important additional platform of strategic
growth for our company.”
“We are excited to join the Masonite team,” adds Don Bergman, Marshfield’s
CEO. “Both Marshfield and Masonite have solid reputations for delivering
great customer service and quality products and we look forward to partnering
with Masonite to provide new opportunities for our customers, employees
Bergman will remain with Masonite and will focus on expanding Masonite’s
commercial and architectural door business.
Public Comment Period Open for Side-Hinged Exterior Door System Standard
The Association of Millwork Distributors (AMD) has announced that the
public comment period for its side-hinged exterior door system (SHEDS)
standard is now open.
The standard outlines a defined procedure for structurally rating a side-hinged
exterior door system and substituting components in that rated system.
It utilizes the ASTM E330 test method and also provides a test method
for comparing door slab stiffness, according to information from AMD.
The proposed standard, AMD 100, “Structural Performance Ratings of Side-Hinged
Exterior Door Systems and Procedures for Component Substitution,” previously
was balloted to the “SHEDS Consensus Body” in May 2010 and underwent a
public comment period, and the latest draft of the standard reflects changes
made as a result of comments made during that time, according to AMD.
The public comment period runs through August 8. Comments can be submitted
to AMD’s Jessica Ferris by phone at 800/786-7274, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CWDMA Changes Name to Fenestration Canada
The Canadian Window and Door Manufacturers Association (CWDMA) unveiled
its new name and logo during its annual meeting held in May in Banff,
The group now will be called Fenestration Canada.
“Our membership is highly engaged and we are active in complex standards
and code work that has significance not just for our membership and our
industry, but for our country,” said incoming president Yvan Houle. “As
such, we felt it was important to clearly express our brand in the marketplace.
The existing name and logo took us this far but we felt we could make
ourselves more easily recognizable. Our new, succinct name is bilingual,
as is our organization.
“‘Fenestration Canada’ is inclusive of all types of fenestration and says
in two words what used to take 15,” he adds. “It’s definitely more lean.”
Executive director Richard Lipman adds that the new name will help make
the association more recognizable.
“When you hear Fenestration Canada you know we are about windows and doors,”
Lipman says the meeting attracted the largest number of attendees in the
past several years, totaling around 150. Attendees learned the latest
on a range of topics including Energy Star®, codes and standards,
green building and news on the fenestration installation certification
program during the event.
The group also presented Harvey Dunand of Gienow with the CP Loewen Award
for 2011 during the meeting. The award was designed to recognize outstanding
dedication, commitment and accomplishment in the door and window industry.
Dunand has been with in Gienow since 1974, when he began as a lead hand
in the mobile home bay and bow window department. In 1989, he was appointed
vice president of manufacturing and in 1990 become an ownership partner
of Gienow. Dunand has served in the association’s marketing and education
committees for three years.
The association’s annual meeting is scheduled for June 7-9, 2012, at the
Fairmont Chateau Montebello in Montebello, Quebec.
AAMA Makes Progress on Green Product Certification Program at Summer
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s (AAMA) Green and
Sustainability Development Task Group made further progress toward its
green product certification program during its recent summer conference
The group reviewed the results of the most recent ballot of the AAMA Green
Certification Program criteria for R and LC class products, and addressed
each of the ballot comments. The group now is working on making revisions
as needed, based on the ballot comments, and plans to re-ballot the criteria
prior to its fall meeting, which will be held in Palm Springs, Calif.,
in September. Task group chair Tracy Rogers of Edgetech said the group’s
goal is to finalize the document at its September meeting.
Brent Slaton of Keymark Corp., chair of the Aluminum Materials Council
Green and Sustainability Committee, also spoke during the event about
the development status of the AAMA Green Certification Program criteria
for CW and AW class products, while Roger LeBrun of VELUX America, chair
of the team, discussed development of a version of the program for unit
skylights and sloped glazed products. The program for CW and AW class
products also was scheduled to undergo some revisions as a result of the
most recent ballot and to be re-balloted prior to the fall conference.
According to AAMA, the skylight and sloped glazing program will not be
developed until the other two programs are completed, in order to make
all three consistent.
FeneTech User Conference Focuses on Three Ds
The ninth annual FeneTech user conference was held in June at the Cleveland
Hyatt at the Arcade. A theme of the conference was the “three Ds,” as
identified by company president Ron Crowl—discovery, discussions and defining.
“The emphasis is on the three Ds: discovery, finding new ways to
make your business run better; participating in the discussions; and defining
a plan of action,” said Crowl. “Let’s see what we can learn and apply
to our businesses to make them better.”
Four seminar tracks ran consecutively during the event, providing attendees
with varying levels of programs from which to choose. Sessions included
scheduling, capacity planning, releasing production and remakes; price
configuration for glass; price configuration for doors and windows; and
purchasing and receiving.
New at this year’s conference was a session called “FeneVision for Executives,”
attended by a number of chief executive officers from door, window and
“This is a year for focusing on improvements everywhere–operations, marketing,
everything involving people, processes and technology,” said one attendee,
Geoff Roise, president of Lindsay Windows in North Mankato, Minn.
Roise also mentioned that his company is aiming to eliminate the use of
paper as much as possible, and hopes to adopt the use of tablets on the
The purpose of the executive discussion was to determine what, if any,
other data will be instrumental in helping these execs run their businesses
more efficiently, explained Crowl.
Shelley MacKenzie of Home Hardware in Canada said she was attending the
conference for the second time and that the major benefit for her is sharing
tips with other attendees. “You get so much more information from other
users who share tips with you,” she says. “It’s so much better than reading
360 Innovations is nearing the 4,000-user mark with its
CustomBuilt360™ software, according to a recent release from the company
Montblanc Capital Corp. has acquired 4,490,880 common shares
in the capital of GBO Inc. , a door and window manufacturer based in Eastern
Canada. The purchase represents approximately 25.4 percent of the issued
shares of the company, according to a statement from GBO
Mathews Brothers Co. has been awarded the OSHA Safety and
Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) designation for its efforts
in providing a safe and healthy work environment
Phantom Screens has two new distributors, Phantom of Charlotte
LLC, which will represent the company in an eight-county area surrounding
Charlotte, N.C., and Empire Building Products, which will distribute Phantom
products in the Northeast
BW Creative Wood Industries has launched a new website,
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