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April  2004

AMD Showcase I
Manufacturer Members Share Products and News

This is the inaugural issue of the Association of Millwork Distributors’ (AMD) special section, highlighting AMD manufacturer members. This special section will be overprinted for use by AMD in its membership and promotional efforts and will be distributed throughout the year. Read on to learn more about the AMD manufacturer members’ products and news.

Hand Truck Has Adjustable Heights
Grooters Machine & Template Shop LLC of Grand Rapids, Mich., was formed in 2003 as a branch of 81-year-old Grooters Machine Shop Inc. and is run by family members of the original company.

Grooters Machine & Template has specialized in two areas: steel door templates and a new product (patent-pending), the Syde-About®, an all-direction hand truck.

The Syde-About comes in three models, the SR #3400, the JR 1908J and the Midget 1908M. The company says advantages to the Syde-About are it accommodates various size loads and height operators, will stand upright while unattended, works great through doorways, has adjustable heights which allow more leverage for heavier loads, is excellent for long loads and has a limited warranty.
Info call 616/241-5691.

A Door Can be Used for Three-Season Rooms
The Easy-Change wood combination storm and screen door by The Combination Door Co. of Fond du Lac, Wis., has been produced more than 60 years. 

The company says this product not only makes a great storm door but also can be used to construct Three-Season Rooms. Using standard framing and finishing materials, a room can be constructed that complements any style home, according to the company. Wood construction also allows the flexibility to stain or paint to coordinate with any color scheme.
Info call 920/922-2050.


Colonial Craft Expands Component Offerings
Colonial Craft of Luck, Wis., has expanded its window-component offerings to include preservative-treated pine, maple and oak parts.

The new preservative-treated line was added as a result of a value stream analysis initiated by Colonial Craft to better serve its window-component customers.

Once the new treated line was established, samples were tested by a third-party laboratory and found to be in accordance with WDMA’s I.S.4 test for retention and penetration. 

Colonial Craft is an engineered products subsidiary of Quanex, and can be found on the web at www.colonialcraft.com. 
Info www.colonialcraft.com.

Door Has Southwestern and European Flare
With the growing popularity of Southwestern and European country architecture, Maumee, Ohio-based Therma-Tru Doors says its beautiful Classic-Craft® Rustic Collection™ complements these architectural styles with the look of real-wood graining, natural-stained wood, authentic detailing and the exceptional performance of Therma-Tru fiberglass door systems.

Initially available in 8-foot heights and 3-foot and 3-foot-6-inch widths for today’s larger entryways, the collection has been extremely popular in the Western and Southwestern states. Therma-Tru will introduce a new 6-foot-8-inch door in 2004 that it says will meet demands of builders, architects, remodelers and homeowners. New styles and detailing also will be available.
Info www.thermatru.com.

 

Frontier Manufactures Steel Entrance Doors
Frontier Building Products, a subsidiary of Crystal Window & Door Systems of Flushing, N.Y., manufactures upscale fiberglass and steel residential entrance doors. The door slab products are marketed throughout the Eastern United States to distributors and millwork companies. In a more limited capacity, the company pre-hangs private-label entrance doors for select customers. Frontier’s headquarters and production facility are located in South Plainfield, NJ.

Frontier fiberglass entry doors are available with either a rich, wood-grain look or a sleek, contemporary, smooth surface. The fiberglass skins readily accept paint or stains. Product styles include flush, three-panel, four-panel and six-panel designs. Matching sidelites also are available.

The company says it offers many advantages for its customers: a broad selection of product styles and options, quality workmanship, affordability through the use of innovative product engineering and assembly, outstanding warranties, quick turnaround and excellent customer service.
Info frontierproducts.com.

Taylor Introduces Secur-A-Storm™
Taylor Building Products Inc. of West Branch, Mich., a manufacturer of steel entry and garage doors, now offers the Secur-A-Storm System, which it says is a unique and revolutionary entry-door system. 

This system offers superior storm and security performance, and meets the Florida Building Codes for impact-glazed application in the coastal wind zones, according to the company.

Taylor’s Secur-A-Storm combined with Thornton Industries’ Secur-A-Glass™ passed the Dade County protocols for water, air, structural, impact and cycle. The system minimizes the consequences of wind-borne debris with a design pressure of +/-60 per square foot, reducing damage within building structures during major storms, including category-III hurricanes, protecting both lives and property. Taylor’s system offers protection from shattering glass, burglary and severe weather.
Info www.taylordoor.com.

Endura Re-Engineered Frame System
Endura Products Inc. of Greensboro, N.C., recently introduced its new pre-finished frame systems, which it says are engineered to improve the structural integrity of door units, add convenient features for door installation and protect door units and homes from the harshest weather.

Known among builders and pre-hangers for its extensive testing and research to solve real-world door construction and performance problems, Endura based the system around a layered system of defense against weather infiltration and damage.
Info www.enduraproducts.com.

 

 

Lawrence Hardware Offers New Catalog
Whether you’re manufacturing, assembling, installing or distributing millwork products, you’ll find Lawrence Hardware of Sterling, Ill. to be a single-source supplier for a wide selection of hardware. Director of sales and marketing Bo Prybyla recently announced the expanded offering contained in the new millwork catalog.

Prybyla says the “2004 Lawrence Millwork Catalog” redefines its dependable product line with impressive new categories. The company says that generations have relied on the Lawrence line of standard, security, spring and architectural hinges. 

Now, an enhanced line of interior and exterior hinges adds quality and value selections. Find equivalent hinge configurations by using full-size hinge template drawings that match each Lawrence hinge.

In addition, the door and trim hardware line now includes a quality solid brass line plus the finest cabinet hardware. A full range of architectural trim hardware has been added to fill the requirements of the commercial builder. 
Info www.lawrencehardware.com.

A&H Adds Coating to Low-E Glass
North Wilkesboro, N.C.-based A&H Windows, a made-to-order window manufacturer, is offering a new low-E glass feature. The new feature is a Cardinal Glass Industries® LoE2 Plus™ glass coating that is applied to the window exterior to make the window easier to clean. This will be offered as a standard feature on all low-E A&H Windows products.

The company says the exterior surface of the LoE2 Plus product must be activated with a simple cleaning process to remove the invisible, protective film. Prepare a cleaning solution that consists of equal parts of water and common household vinegar. To remove the film, wash the glass with this solution after the construction phase, according to the company.

The company says the new coating does not change the performance characteristics of the low-E glass, but does enhance ease of cleaning. The coating does not allow water to dry on the glass, which helps to eliminate any dust, dirt or spotting. In addition, the coating fills the pores of the glass so that rain sheets off of the glass. The coating is available on tempered as well as custom sizes and shapes of low-E glass. A&H Windows’ 20-year warranty applies to this glass.
Info www.ahwindows.com.

ODL Adds New Bath Window Designs
ODL Inc. of Zeeland, Mich., has added two new designs to its line of decorative bath windows.

The Cadence decorative bath window has patina caming and uses a combination of vertigo glass, ripple glass and clear-bevel clusters. This bath window combines semi-circular and square shapes as well as floral patterns to create a unique design.

The company says the Heirlooms decorative bath window features satin-nickel caming, clear-cluster bevels, granite and glue-chip glass to create a simple yet striking image. With background design divided into individual squares, the Heirlooms window also has an attractive central focal point that contrasts the squares.

Each decorative bath window is 4 feet by 4 feet and has finger-jointed interior jambs to ensure durability within the frame. The windows are available in 4 9/16-inch jambs.
Info www.odl.com.

Full House Offers New Machine
Full House Co. of Melbourne, Fla., recently introduced its Marquise Diamond machine. The first to bring to market flush-hinge technology on its vertical line, the company says it now brings cutting-edge technology to its high-production horizontal line.

The Marquise Diamond is 8-foot capable, handles doors from 4-feet-1-inch in width and accommodates raised molded doors with instant changeover of hinge sizes, according to the company.

Other options available include immediate changeability from standard to commercial face plate, hinge applicators, pre drill, ball-catch drill and deep-pocket mortise.
Info www.full-house.com.

JJJ Introduces Elongated Octagon
JJJ Specialty Co. of Minneapolis has added a venting 20-inch by 34-inch octagon to its octagon line. The new venting octagon is available in a molded polyurethane exterior and is available in five colors. 

Glass options include clear, beveled and obscure glass designs. The company says this well-designed window features insulating glass, roto-operator hardware and optional removable colonial grille. 

The line also includes 20-inch by 20-inch stationary and venting octagons and has a variety of glass designs, including silk screening and brass- and zinc-leaded glass, available. Other window designs include round, oval and diamond shapes.
Info www.jjjspecialty.com.

Trim Saves Installation Time and Hassle
Crestline® Windows & Doors of Mosinee, Wis., recently announced the availability of factory-applied, extruded aluminum-clad trim that it says will save contractors installation time and ensure continuity between the trim and windows. The trim offers traditional wood aesthetics with a durable, virtually maintenance-free aluminum-clad exterior that matches the color of a new construction or remodel project’s windows.

The factory-applied trim is mitered and factory-attached to Crestline Select double-hung, casement and awning windows, including Crestline’s wide variety of special shapes, before shipment. 

The trim comes in five profiles, including v-groove, brickmould, traditional, flat casing and historical brickmould for period renovations and new construction. Each profile includes traditional sill nosing.
Info www.crestlinewindows.com.

Heritage Veneered Products Continues to Grow 
Heritage Veneered Products of Shawano, Wis., (recently nominated as the Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year), says its company continues to grow at a dramatic pace. One aspect that contributes to this growth is an on-going expansion of the WOODPORT® interior door portfolio. 

The most recent announcement includes the addition of WOODPORT® Half-Lite interior doors. Based on customer and market demand, Heritage felt it was a suitable addition. The Half-Lite doors will be offered in five hardwood species in both raised and flat-panel designs. This particular style works well for library/den areas, dining rooms, pantries and commercial offices, according to the company.

Another recent announcement revolves around the company’s new imported pine program. Heritage now offers vertical grain clear pine and knotty pine doors in raised-panel, v-groove and French-glass designs. This new program was added in January 2004. Heritage also plans to add clear alder, knotty alder and hickory to its line-up within the next six months.
Info www.woodport.com.

Pemko Continues Product Excellence 
Pemko Manufacturing Co. of Ventura, Calif., is constantly introducing new products and innovations to its product line.

New in 2004, the 3600 series astragal is sure to be an excellent addition to the company’s line of products. The company says the 3600 is loaded with special features that set it apart from the rest. 

The engineers at Pemko have designed a patented spring-loaded self-adjusting bottom boot. The company says this boot automatically adjusts to the top of the sill, filling gaps from ¼ inch to 5/8 inch independently of the 1-1/16-inch locking bolt movement, to form a seal that will keep out even the harshest of elements. 

The astragals also have a patented mounting block that is designed to stay in place while mounting the astragal to the door edge.
Info www.pemko.com.

MAi Offers Mahogany Doors
MAi Wood Doors & Stair Parts of Wylie, Texas, recently introduced the Patrician collection of full surround mahogany entry doors. The collection has nine design options that use 96-inch tall, four- or six-panel doors, in either 36-inch or 42-inch widths.

The company says both the sidelites of the units and segmented-arch transom utilize insulating glass and design options and include forged-iron and dark-patina caming, brass or zinc caming and clear or clear-beveled glass.
The door, sidelites, transom selections and frame are lumber-veneer-lamination constructed for strength and 
stability.

The company says the pre-hung unit is shipped complete in a 6 5/8-inch frame (can be trimmed to 4 5/8-inch frame) with radius-top brickmoulding and radius-top interior casing, ball-bearing hinges, door sweep and more. Prefinishing is also available.
Info www.mouldingassociates.com.

Builders Automation Plans to Expand
Builders Automation Machinery Co. of Largo, Fla., currently is undergoing an expansion that increases its plant size by approximately 60 percent. Construction, relocation of existing manufacturing equipment and installation of new work stations are expected to take several months in order to not disrupt customers’ orders.

“We simply can’t continue to accommodate current demand for our products without adding manufacturing capacity,” said Robert J. Mitvalsky, chief executive officer.

Builders Automation manufactures a complete line of automated pre-hung door and prefabricated stair 
equipment.

“This expansion gives us an opportunity to broaden our product line, too,” said Wolfgang Schusser, company president. “We’re finally able to start taking plans for machinery that customers have asked us to manufacture for them from the drawing board to pre-production.”

The company says it is also devoting more square footage to parts inventory for the equipment they sell and service, enabling them to respond to customers faster and more efficiently. 

“Late last year, we introduced a new option for our 996E Pre-Hung Door Machine equipped with the 1550 Hinge Applicators, which pre-drills screw holes prior to hinge applications,” Mitvalsky said. “It’s now also available on our 995E, and we can field-install these devices on customers’ machinery in their facilities.”

The company’s complete line of door products also includes a 1296 door assembly machine, Model 2001E loader, steel door lite cut-out machine, 845 trim saw, T-astragal router, ball catch mortise machine, ball catch drill unit and PVC oven. In addition, used and remanufactured equipment is available in limited quantities.
Info www.buildersautomation.com.

Storage System Makes Unloading Easier
Traditionally, the delivery of windows and doors has been made in hand-loaded box vans. Millwork was manually loaded, unit by unit, into the truck at the production facility. At the delivery location, it was again unloaded by hand. 
Sunbelt Storage Systems Inc. of Alpharetta, Ga., says the Sunbelt Rack & Go system has changed all that for good. At the production facility, windows and doors are placed onto Rack & Go storage racks and are then loaded by forklift into a curtainside truck or by a pallet jack into a box van. 

At the delivery location with a curtainside van, its piggyback forklift quickly unloads the truck and brings the millwork directly onto the jobsite. Alternately, with a box van, a pallet jack quickly unloads the Rack & Go storage racks.

With either type of truck body, the company says this means greater vehicle productivity and utilization, reduced material handling, reduced product damage, reduced risk of employee injury, happier and healthier drivers and improved customer service. The Rack & Go also is stackable, so it can assist with the storage of inventory in the production facility.
Info www.sunbeltracks.com.

Alexandria Moulding Offers Customized Products
Alexandria Moulding of Moxee, Wash., specializes exclusively in the manufacturing and distribution of quality mouldings. The company says it is a leading manufacturer-direct retail marketer and distributor of mouldings in North American with three different production facilities, four kiln dryers, 15 high-speed moulders and six priming lines on a total of 75.5 acres of land. 

The company custom manufactures more than 6,000 in-house profile templates, which are available in the following species and industrial services: multi-density fiberboard, oak, virola, maple, pine (knotty, clear, solid, finger-jointed and primed), oak veneer, cedar, hemlock, Douglas fir and PVC.

The company also offers finger jointing, edge gluing, priming, wrapping, sanding, hinge routing, strike routing, dadoing and precision-end trimming as well as interior, exterior, single- and double-rabbeted, stop-applied and fire-rated frames.
Info www.alexmo.com.

CMI Offers Composite Panels
Extira composite panels, manufactured by CraftMaster Manufacturing Inc. (CMI) of Chicago, deliver a wide range of non-structural exterior applications compared to wood, multi-density fiberboard (MDF) and other composite materials.

Extira currently is being used to manufacture exterior door frames, door and window parts, garage doors, pilasters, shutters, column wraps, fluting, rosettes, brickmould and a host of other specialty and decorative applications.

Developed and manufactured by CMI with its TEC™ patented sealed-press-composite technology, the company says Extira is 90-percent wood. The wood is physically-and chemically-bonded under intense heat and pressure with phenolic resins to provide exceptional moisture resistance, superior machining capabilities, high yields and stable pricing and availability. 

Unlike wood, MDF and other composite materials, Extira is treated with zinc borate, a wood preservative and resins that make it moisture-, rot- and termite-resistant. 
Info+ www.cmicompany.com.

FCF is a Leader in Clear Pine
New Zeland-based Fletcher Challenge Forests (FCF) manufacturers solid-pine mouldings and boards and has access to a sustainable supply of FSC-certified, plantation grown and pruned radiata pine. 

The company says this enables it to manufacture solid mouldings heavy in long lengths and wide clear boards (1 by 2 through 1 by 12) and in grades that exceed the Western Wood Products Association’s grading standards. FCF also can offer customer-specific bar coding, labelling and specialized packaging.

In addition to a complete range of moulding and board products, FCF also provides feedstock, including moulding-, shop- and cutting-grade lumber. Once again, the company says all of this material is FSC certified and graded to exact standards to ensure customer satisfaction. FCF maintains an office in Hanover, Md., to handle U.S. customer inquiries.
Info+ www.fcfusa.com.

Pinelli Processes 3,000 Board Feet Monthly
Founded in 1987, Pinelli Universal is a Mexican joint venture with Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Universal Forest Products. 

Located in Durango, Mexico, Pinelli Universal is one of the largest producers of mouldings and millwork in Mexico and Central America, processing more than 3,000,000 board feet monthly and exporting 95 percent of its production to the United States, Canada and Central America. 

The company says all of its products are made from sustainable plantation-grown radiata pine. The company’s product line includes: 
• Solid, finger-jointed and primed mouldings;
• Solid and finger-jointed cut stock;
• Solid, finger-jointed and primed door frames;
• Solid, finger-jointed and primed flat and split jambs;
• Engineered components; and
• Edge-glued panels.
Info call 011 (52) 618-8291700.

Vi-Lux Offers Mouldings and Astragals
Vi-Lux Plastics Inc. of Napanee, Ontario, a cellular PVC extruder, offers a variety of interior and exterior moulding profiles, a double-door astragal and a patio door astragal as well as a choice of flat-bottom or grooved-back brickmould. 

The company says all of its products are made of a tough, durable outer skin with a PVC foam core and are economically priced. Additionally, Vi-Lux products are low-maintenance and require no painting. 

Vi-Lux products cut like wood, won’t crack or split, won’t rot and are termite- and moisture-resistant, according to the company. Vi-Lux products are offered in gray, brown, white and polar white. Custom profile and formulations also are available. 

Vi-Lux also offers a cut-to-length program (headers and legs cut to a company’s specified length) for both the flat-bottom and grooved-back brickmould. 
Info www.vi-lux.com.

Premier Mantels Partners with Biltmore
Premier Mantles of Florence, Ala., has partnered with Biltmore Estate For Your Home, the home products division of The Biltmore Co. in Asheville, N.C. 

Premier Mantles is a manufacturer of high-end fireplace mantel products and custom mantel products made from fine hardwoods. 

The company specializes in custom designs and is the leading special-order mantel line found in the building materials industry. With 64 fireplaces in Biltmore House, the company had unlimited inspiration for its introduction of unique Biltmore Estate For Your Home mantels.
Info www.premiermantles.com.

 

E&R to Market New Machine
Schafberger and Sproedhuber (S+S) of Regensberg, Germany, has acquired the company formerly known as Hess GMBH + CO.Kg of Balingen Wedstetten, Germany. S+S is represented in the United States exclusively by E&R System Technik of Springfield, Mass. 

The Hess Frame clamping machines and programs will be integrated into the S+S range and will be marketed here in the United States as S+S Hess. 

S+S Hess will be serviced and marketed in the United States by E&R Systems Technik. S+S says this strategic acquisition will position it as one of the most comprehensive suppliers of clamping solutions to the woodworking industry. 

The company’s product range will include:
• Frame-clamping machines for window and door production;
• Universal multi-purpose presses;
• Automatic gluing units for solid wood and laminates;
• Hardware-boring machines;
• Solid wood-edge presses; and
• Table-top presses.
Info www.ersystech.com.

TLC Expands Facility
TLC Mouldings of Willacoochee, Ga., has announced that an 80,000-square-foot addition is now under construction to allow for additional warehousing of raw and finished goods. The completion of the warehouse will also allow for future layout changes to the production floor area.

TLC Mouldings produces primed fiberboard mouldings, as well as raw and primed ripped boards and bull-nose shelving.
Info tlcmouldings.com.

WoodWare Introduces New Software
WoodWare Systems of Memphis, Tenn., recently introduced its new WoodWare WebConnect™ software modules. The WoodWare WebConnect modules include: customer and sales representative inquiries and look-ups, quoting and ordering for standard products, quoting and ordering for configured products, handheld wireless personal digital assistant modules for jobsite connectivity and more.

WoodWare Systems recently hosted a two-day meeting of its WebConnect Customer Team, made up of several current WoodWare users. These customers, consisting of both two-step and one-step millwork distributors who sell to builders and contractors, advised WoodWare’s development staff on the “look and feel” as well as functionality needed for WoodWare’s Internet-based WebConnect web modules.

“Input from our customers and the broader marketplace is what drives our new technology and software development,” said WoodWare president Nick Carter. “We have a lot of creative ideas for making our solutions the best ones available for window, door and millwork companies, but we don’t work in a vacuum here. That’s why this WebConnect session and on-going input from our customers is so important as we plan our development course for the months ahead.”
Info www.dccwoodware.com.

Custom Millwork Has Interior and Exterior Use
Latson’s Custom Millwork Inc. of Ft. Worth, Texas, was founded in 1973 and is a family-owned and operated business that offers custom millwork for interior and exterior use. President Marko Latson says his company provides handcrafted, custom millwork and maintains a strong reputation in the industry. 

All doors are crafted the conventional way with solid wood products sourced from around the globe. Most species of wood can be used to create a superb custom entryway, according to the company. 

Glass and ironwork may also complement these products. Latson’s complete line of products include: doors, radius moldings, jambs and more. 
Info www.latsonsmill.com.

Ruvo Unveils Two New Machines
Ruvo Manufacturing of Alda, Neb., unveiled two more pieces of equipment recently, adding to what the company says is already an extensive line of pre-hanging door machinery, steel door prepping, pre-hanging and stair equipment.

The first machine unveiled is the Ruvo 1278 door and jamb assembly machine. The company says this machine will completely assemble a prepped door in 25 seconds, including the nailing for shipment. 

The 1278 has four preset staple patterns and is totally flow-through in design.

The company says the 1278 is the perfect companion to the 928 pre-hung door machine and keeps the production line moving swift and steady.

The second Ruvo machine unveiled this year is the Ruvo 9696 doorlite cutter.

This is a flow-through manual doorlite cutter, which the company says is capable of handling doors from 28 inches to 36 inches by 6 feet 8 inches to 8 feet. The machine has auto-latch boring face-plate mortising, lock and dead-bolt cutting. With an oscillating bit for extended bit life, the company says this high-production machine is extremely affordable.
Info www.triadruvo.com.

Roland Boulanger Offers Mouldings and More
Roland Boulanger & Cie Ltee of Warwick, Quebec, has been in business for more than 60 years and is one of the largest manufacturers of mouldings in Canada. 

The company says it offers an impressive range of decorative mouldings for both residential and commercial use. 
The company also manufactures components for windows, doors, caskets, cabinets and furniture.
Info www.boulanger.qc.ca.

Ledco Celebrates 40 Years
Ledco Inc. of Shelbyville, Ky., celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2004, says it has been known as a 
bi-fold door leader for many years. 

This family-owned and operated interior door manufacturer has broadened its product offering over the years to include a full line of mirror doors, pocket door frames, specialty doors and now a full line of interior hollow-core and solid-core doors. 


With the trend for radius openings and moldings, the company also has added a new line of arch-top doors that it says will offer a great value in design.
Info call 502/633-6304.

 

Kolbe & Kolbe’s Hidden Beauty
Kolbe & Kobe of Wausau, Wis., has a new Sterling double-hung window. 

The company says building professionals and homeowners have longed for a window that shows like 
a piece of fine-crafted furniture—without unsightly plastic tracks or latches—and with this new 
product they can have it. 

This product hides the jambliner, block-and-tackle balances and grooves completely. There are no vinyl parts visible. It also has a multi-functional sash lock and no-tilt latches, which are applied 
to the interior sash of the window.

The Sterling is available in numerous wood species and in 22 standard colors, as well as custom colors.
The company says the Sterling meets or exceeds the toughest coastal building codes specification standards for ASTM-E 1996-02 & 1886-02 codes, missile level D, wind zone 4.
Info www.kolbe-kolbe.com.

Creative Woodworks Offers Stiles and Rails
Creative Woodworks of Canton, Ga., says that it engineers stile-and-rail systems that make a difference.

The company offers a variety of engineered stiles and rails made to various widths and lengths up to 10 inches wide. All are manufactured with water-resistant exterior glue and kiln-dried white pine or a lumber-veneer-lamination core.
The company says its hardwood veneers are 3/16-inch thick and are offered in a variety of grades and species. The veneers also are available from .080-inches thick by 16 feet in length.
Info call 770/345-7301.

Adhesives are Suitable for Gluing
National Casein® of California, located in Santa Ana, Calif., says it offers a wide variety of adhesives that are suitable for high-frequency gluing as well as for cold-press and hot-press applications. 

All of the company’s products are available from five North American plant facilities as well as through six warehouses. Many of the products meet wet- and dry-use specifications per ASTM and various European testing agencies, according to the company.

High-performance products include the company’s WP 4379/Catalyst for most wet-use applications and #1862 LV for dry-use finger-joint fabrication. The company says both products provide excellent heat resistance with non-hazardous adhesives.
Info www.nationalcasein.com.

Wise Introduces New Stair Router
The Wise Corp. of Largo, Fla., has introduced its 5200 Automatic Double Stair Router.

The company says the 5200 is a heavy-duty, labor-saving work center designed to simultaneously route both stringers with ease and efficiency. Its continuous automatic feed and automatic shut-off eliminate the need for high-skilled labor, according to the company.

Features of the 5200 include: built-in jump dado function, heavy-duty tyler spindles, enclosed valve bank and heavy-duty clamp-and-feed system.

The company also says the 5200 has fast and simple tread and riser settings that produce error-free operations for time-tested and field-proven stair building.
Info www.wise-corp.com.

Dunbarton Introduces Split-Frame Steel Door
Dunbarton Corp. of Dothan, Ala., has a new steel door system that it says is pre-tested, pre-assembled and pre-hung. Called RediFit, this system boasts the security of a steel door frame (versus wood in traditional pre-hung systems) fitted with a 24-gauge steel door.

Available in 6-panel or flush, the steel doors come in a 6-foot-8-inch height in either 2-foot-8-inch or 3-foot widths. The doors have a 1.25 pound/feet density foam core and are prime finished. The company says these doors won’t rot, split, warp or crack.

The product’s steel frame comes with an 18-gauge base and an 18- or 22-gauge closure. The company says the standard package comes with a 90-minute neutral-pressure (steel edge door) or 20-minute positive press (wood edge door) fire rating. A supplemental smoke package also is available for 90-minute positive-pressure rating.
Info www.dunbarton.com.

Century Adds to Product Offering
Century Architectural Specialties, a manufacturer of decorative architectural products located in Marietta, Ga., has added new moulding profiles and product extensions to its line. 

This year the company will add:
• More than 90 new products to its line of decorative architectural products;
• To its decorative length mouldings, including new crown and cornice mouldings as well as chair rail and frieze moulding profiles; and
• Decorative wall and ceiling accents which will round out the company’s new product offering, including ceiling medallions, decorative ceiling domes, panel moulding and decorative corners, corbels and decorative accessories.
Century products are manufactured from either a fiberglass composite or from high-density, furniture-grade polymers, and are manufactured utilizing their unique bi-mold process. The company says this bi-mold manufacturing method creates products that are an exact match, meaning every piece of moulding will have the same width, depth and length as the next. 

When properly installed, joint expansion and retraction, as well as wafting and warping common with wood and other polyurethane products, is eliminated virtually creating problem-free installations. Century products will fit flush to the wall and ceilings without the inherent warping common to traditional mouldings.
Info www.architecturalspecialties.com.

Crown Heritage Introduces Four New Colors
Crown Heritage, a national stair manufacturer, is introducing four new colors to its wrought-iron collection of balusters, newels and accessories.

In addition to the existing Gloss Black and Flat Black finishes, the newest colors are hand-rubbed copper, brushed nickel, copper vein and silver vein. The company says it has one of the largest selections of colors 
available.

Crown Heritage’s manufacturing facility in Lenoir, N.C., produces thousands of components in wood species and inventories hundreds of stair parts that the market demands. Contracting with offshore producers for high-volume parts, Crown Heritage says it provides a competitive advantage to its distributors.
Info www.crownheritage.com.

Stallion Doors Adds Hickory
Just in case more than 470 door designs in seven different species and five different panel options wasn’t enough from which to pick, Stallion Doors & Millwork of St. Cloud, Minn., has added all those designs in yet another species, hickory.

Hickory’s contrasting colors provided by mother nature adds beauty and charm to any room in a home, in a design that is a true reflection of the homeowner’s taste, according to the company. 

Hickory doors are available in the Derby series (double-hip raised panel), Preakness series (single-hip raised panel) and the Saratoga and Canterbury series (flat panels). 

The company says these door series are also available in oak, birch, knotty pine, vertical-grain pine, cherry, poplar, maple and mahogany. 
Info www.stallionintl.com.


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