April 2003

In the News ...

Vetter Announces Winners of First Design Competition

Companies are looking more and more to architects and custom homebuilders for input. One such manufacturer getting architects and builders involved is Mosinee, Wis.-based Vetter® Windows & Doors. In 2001, the company launched its first national design competition, the Vetter Inspired Project (VIP) awards. Created for architects and custom builders across the United States, the VIP awards celebrate the ingenuity and artistry in the fields of architecture and custom building.

“We started the program as a way to reach out to the architectural community and recognize annually those projects that feature truly inspired design,” said Jeff Kibler, brand manager. “The program demonstrates our support of the architectural community and engages distributors and dealers in discussions with architects. It has been a great avenue for us to learn and recognize projects that use our windows and patio doors to enhance a project’s design.”

And the Winners Are …
The company recently recognized its 2002 VIP award winners. Four judges awarded $1,000 cash prizes to winners in each category. 

Best in Show. Bruce A. Rich Architects of Rockville, Md., won Best of Show in the Best Custom Home More-Than-5,000-square-feet category for a Potomac, Md., shingle-style residence, which used Vetter’s Ashford Collection of windows and patio doors in an array of innovative design applications. 


Custom Home 3,000-to-5,000-square-feet winner In the Custom Home 3,000-to-5,000-square-feet category, Gibson/Darr Architecture and Consulting of Chicago won the grand prize for its cottage-style summerhouse. The firm used a variety of casements, double-hung, transoms and French doors to create a welcoming home, according to Vetter.

Less-Than-3,000-square-feet winner In the Custom Home Less-Than-3,000-square-feet category, Patrick K. Keating and Co. of Garret Park, Md., captured the prize for its Chevy Chase, Md., arts-and-crafts-style home. Wood awnings and French patio doors played an intricate part in the home’s undeniable appeal, according to Vetter.


The Best Log Home project was awarded to The Marchetti Co. of  Nashville, Tenn., for its use ofBest Log Home winner. Vetter windows and patio doors in a “retreat in the mountains.” The home features low-maintenance, hunter-green aluminum-clad windows that provide a clear view of the surrounding mountains.

The deadline for entering the VIP awards for 2003 is August 15, 2003. For more information, visit 
the company’s website at

Mergers & Acquisitions
PGT Acquires Binnings Building Products
Custom window, door and patio-room manufacturer PGT Industries of Venice, Fla., recently announced that it has acquired Binnings Building Products Inc. of Lexington, N.C. Binnings, with $20 million in sales and more than 200 employees, has manufactured aluminum and vinyl windows and doors and storm windows and doors for the replacement and new- construction market since 1958. The 230,000-square-foot facility became PGT North Carolina Operations effective January 1. 

“The Binnings acquisition is a vital step in PGT’s strategic plan of continued growth,” said Randy White, PGT president. “They are a complementary fit with our business and our culture, sharing the same long-term vision and commitment to superior products and outstanding customer service.” 

Monarch Acquires American Weather-Seal
Waukee, Iowa-based Monarch Manufacturing recently purchased Orville, Ohio-based American Weather-Seal, a manufacturer of new construction and replacement premium vinyl windows and patio doors. American Weather-Seal has manufacturing facilities in Orrville and Winesburg, Ohio, and was owned previously by American Architectural Products Corp.

Monarch Manufacturing makes and markets windows and window accessories for new construction residential basements and foundations.

“The acquisition by Monarch provides American Weather-Seal with the resources to continue its aggressive sales growth and product and systems development as well as invest in the long-term future of the company,” said David Kruse, president of American Weather-Seal.

Hayfield Announces “Power of No” Campaign
Hayfield Window & Door Co. of Hayfield, Minn., has announced the release of a new advertising and marketing initiative for 2003. The company says the “Power of No” campaign focuses on its commitment to a no-nonsense code of conduct exemplified by no excuses, no committees and no shortcuts.

The campaign marks the company’s first serious effort to brand itself and boost levels of trade awareness. In spite of that fact, the company says it has enjoyed three consecutive years of double-digit growth.

Developed by Arnold/Ostrom Advertising of Minneapolis, the campaign will include trade and web advertising, along with collateral and showroom point-of-purchase materials.

Setzer Forest Products Clarifies Its Affiliations
Setzer Forest Products Inc. of Sacramento, Calif., recently clarified that as of March 31, 2002, the company has had no affiliation with Setzer Intl., Setzer Korea, Bethel Products Inc. or any of its operations in the United States or Korea.

Marley Mouldings Changes Name 
Royal Group Technologies Ltd. of Toronto recently announced that Marley Mouldings Ltd., a Royal Group company based in Marion, Va., has changed its name to Royal Mouldings Ltd. According to the company, this change signifies the joining of Marley Moulding’s manufacturing and marketing expertise with Royal Group’s expertise in technology, engineering and process-equipment development.

“The new Royal Mouldings will include the existing operations in Marion, Va., Bristol, Tenn., and Waco, Texas, plus expanded manufacturing capacity within existing Royal Group plants in Coral Springs, Fla., and Toronto,” said Douglas Dunsmuir, president of Royal Group.

“Increasing demand for extruded cellular products is the reason we are implementing a strong growth expansion plan in 2003. We look forward to serving our customers with a new name, expanded 
manufacturing capabilities and enhanced product offerings,” said Larry L. Davis, chief executive 
officer of Royal Mouldings Ltd.


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