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June 2003

New Products

DOORS
Woodgrain Unveils Oak Door Collection
Woodgrain Millwork Inc. of Fruitland, Idaho, has unveiled a new collection of American Red Oak doors. According to the company, the new collection gives builders access to a high-quality supply of solid oak doors. The panel doors, which are laminated onto a pine core, are available in standard (6-foot, 8-inch), 7- and 8-foot heights in all popular widths. In addition to interior passage doors, French and bi-fold designs are also available.

The Woodgrain Oak Door Collection also includes passage doors in two-panel square top, two-panel arch top, four- and six-panel designs.

International Window Corp. Unveils Majestic 5900, 5700
International Window Corp., based in Southgate, Calif., has introduced the Majestic 5900 and 5700 patio door series. According to the company, the 5900 Majestic Door is crafted with the same detail as the Majestic Series window and features 5 ½-inch frame width and ¾-inch glazing, as well as full miter welded frame and sash. The 5700 French Door features 4 5/8-inch extruded stile and rail, which enhances the beauty of the home.

Additional features of the new doors include deluxe extruded aluminum screens and panels that are fully reversible in the field. The doors are available in a variety of configurations that include grid patterns and specialty glass options featuring v-groove detailing.

Vetter Extends Patio Door Line
Vetter Windows & Doors has introduced a new line of wood-hinged patio doors. The doors are available in in-swing, out-swing and center-hinged styles, and feature a clear natural pine interior crafted from select Western wood treated with a water-repellent preservative. Custom builders can also request other woods, such as oak, maple, cherry and mahogany, all of which come ready to stain, seal or paint.

The exterior of the door is constructed with maintenance-free aluminum cladding, which will not peel, crack or chip, according to the company. Clad finishes include dark bronze, hunter green, sable, sandalwood, parchment, white and custom colors.

Marshfield Expands Environmental Line
Marshfield Door Systems of Marshfield, Wis., has expanded its Environmental Class™ wood door products to include a fire-rated environmental mineral core door and Forest Stewardship Council-certified stave core doors, which do not contain any added urea-formaldehyde.

According to the company, its Environmental Class doors are ideal for buildings in which the owner is concerned about environmental responsibility. Likewise, the company says its fire-rated mineral core doors are perfect for schools, hotels, offices, stairways and corridors and are available with 45-, 60- or 90-minute ratings.

Simpson Adds Maple to Product Offerings
Simpson Door Co. of McCleary, Wash., has announced the addition of interior maple doors to its long line of door options. Maple doors are now available in several popular door types, including French, panel, bi-fold and decorative French. The doors can be ordered in the customer’s choice of Shaker or traditional systoles.

According to Simpson, its maple doors offer classic cathedral grain patterns and feature creamy color hues.

Bilco Introduces New Basement Door
The West Haven, Conn.-based Bilco Co. offers the Bilco basement door, designed for easy access to the lower level of a house. According to the company, the door opens wide for easy storage and movement of outdoor furniture, law equipment and workshop supplies. In addition, the doors satisfy the building code requirements for emergency egress in finished lower-level living areas. The doors are constructed from durable, heavy-gauge steel and feature the Torsion-Cam Lift System for smooth, easy operation, automatic hold-open safety latches, flanged, weather-tight construction and sturdy, concealed hinges.

MACHINERY
Machine Pre-Hangs Doors in 20 Seconds
Petaluma, Calif.-based KVAL Inc. has introduced its KVAL 990FX, which the company says is the fastest pre-hanging door machine on the market. The machine will rout a door and jamb for three hinges, drill the pilots for the hinge screws, mortise for the lock and apply three hinges, all in 20 seconds. When set up in line with a special KVAL Handler Door Feeder and a KVAL 700-C Frame Assembly Machine, the 990FX can produce up to three complete door units every minute, according to the company. 

The company says that even the door-swing changeover is a snap with its touch-screen technology. In addition, KVAL’s designers incorporated new sound management technology, so that each head has a dust/noise containment shroud that stays below OSHA’s 85-decibel exposure limit.

Machine Offers Simultaneous Machining of Strike and Hinge Jambs
Alda, Neb.-based Triad Ruvo’s model 928 is a complete interior/exterior pre-hung door factory. This machine can drastically improve the efficiency and economy of any medium- to large-volume pre-hung door manufacturer, according to the company. Any size door from 16 inches to 48 inches and any jamb width from 2½ inches to 10½ inches can be used with no manual adjustment required. 

The company says automatic stops can be pre-set easily by touching a button for either right- or left-hand doors, and the latch bore is self-centered automatically for different door thicknesses to give an exactly located hole.A unique feature of the 928 is the simultaneous machining of both the strike jamb and the hinge jamb. The obvious improvement over industry norms puts the 928 in the forefront of productivity, according to the company.

PROGRAMS
Stanley Works Offers Preview Dealer Club
The Stanley Works of New Britain, Conn., has created a successful program in which hardware stores, lumber dealers and building materials dealers display the company’s products in an effort to help them sell more easily and to market Stanley’s products at the same time. The company began the program in the mid 1960s and ran it through the mid 1980s within the two-step distribution channel. It has been on hiatus until the company reintroduced it recently, said Shawn Curtis, marketing manager of the Preview Dealer Programs. Currently, the program boasts 43 distributors and 8,500 dealers in the United States.

Dealers who sign up for the program receive a “welcome-to-the-club” kit. The dealers are given first rights in their market to sell the product; they have 90 days exclusivity. Dealers then are given a 46- to 60-day advanced shipment notice, which gives them all the information about the product they need. They have the opportunity at this time to double the shipment or decline the shipment. (Dealers can decline one shipment per year.) Then, the dealers receive the shipment directly from distributors. 

The products are pre-packaged in a merchandising display that fits on the store counter. If dealers don’t sell the product after 90 days, they can send it back to Stanley at no charge. Dealers who are interested in this program do not have to be selling Stanley products currently.

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