Volume 7 - Issue 8 September 2006


Immigration Reform
Immigration reform is a hot topic in Congress, as well as on 
manufacturers’ shop floors. Find out the pros and cons of hiring immigrants these manufacturers see in their workforce. 

Plant Tour
The new owners of Weathervane Windows are reaching for 
new heights at this Washington-based manufacturing plant. 

Facts of Glass
Fred Wallin of AFG Industries discusses emerging glass trends and technologies and how they will affect fenestration manufacturers.

Patio Door Focus
For patio door manufacturers, product positioning is critical. Learn what role the hardware plays in this important process.

IG Lessons
One study looks at the drying out performance of insulating glass units.

Happy Anniversary Alumet
This supplier of roll-formed mouldings to the fenestration industry has thrived due to its commitment to the customer. 

Sizzling Summer Meeting
The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance gathered in Toronto for a meeting that tackled many important issues.



On display in this issue are the “building blocks” of the door and window manufacturing industry, from machinery to components to finished systems. 

Far left row (top to bottom): Series 900 terrace door from United States Aluminum; Eclipse E3 (TBAS) exterior folding door system from Eclipse Architectural; 9220 Series American Pioneer window system from Chelsea Building Products Inc. 

Left middle row (top to bottom): Warm-edge spacer applicator from Bystronic; SI-200 snap-in hinge for patio and entrance doors from Amesbury Door Hardware; PC4000 twin station programmable corner cleaner from GED Integrated Solutions; MAKA AP 70 drilling and routing center from JRM International. 

Right middle row (top to bottom): SS-80 semi-automated IG sealing system from Spadix Technologies Inc.; CR 148 IM roll bending machine from J&S Machine Inc.; I-Strut from Technoform. 

Far right row: Warm-edge spacer applicator from Bystronic. 

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