Building a Future for Distributors and Dealers of Building Products

Volume 44,  Issue 3                                        April 2005

Manufacturer Members Share Their Latest Products

This is the second annual special section of the Association of Millwork Distributors, highlighting AMD manufacturer members. This special section will be overprinted for use by AMD in its membership and distributed throughout the year. Read on to find out about the variety of products available on the market from AMD manufacturer members.

BAM Delivers a New Generation Stair Router Machine 
Largo, Fla.-based Builders Automation Machinery Co. (BAM) has updated the design of its stair router machine, adding high-tech components for new generation equipment that’s revolutionizing the way manufacturers are producing prefabricated stairs, according to a company release.

“Stair equipment hadn’t changed much in years,” stated chief executive officer Robert Mitvalsky. “We thought it was time to integrate modern technology into trusted machinery design. The result is our Model CNC/MFSR.”

This piece of machinery is programmable—working directly from CAD drawings, which the engineer can download directly to the processor. Its processes also can be controlled through parameters the operator manually enters into a menu-driven touch screen. After calculating the fractional dimensions that define the stair configuration, input is fast and easy. 
“Our 21st century machine incorporates four axes that cut two stringers simultaneously at an industry-leading cycle time,” according to industry veteran and company president Wolfgang Schusser. “The servo-driven equipment also makes the top and bottom landing cuts without removing or repositioning the stringers for maximum efficiency.”

W & F Offers Industry’s First Entry Grip
W & F Manufacturing of Glendale, Calif., has introduced an industry first—an exterior entry grip to drive the Trilennium™ swing door multi-point locking system, according to company officials. 

Historically multi-point systems have been used on patio doors with a lever handle set to operate the mechanism. European style systems all require lifting the lever to engage the multi-point lock—not so with the Trilennium system.

Because of the Trilennium system’s unique North-American design and function, the lever isn’t required for locking, allowing the development of the new exterior entry grip style handles available in eight finishes. 

In addition, the company offers an exclusive line of solid bronze handle sets to drive the Trilennium multi-point locking system. Each piece is handcrafted and cast with the beauty of solid, art-grade bronze and are available in five different escutcheon shapes with 28 different levers and seven different base metal/patina combinations. 


WISE Upgrades 8800 Series
In 1998, Wise Corp. of Largo, Fla., introduced the 8800 door machining center.

Now, company officials announce major upgrades to this popular and very successful door machine.

The 8800 E-Series features touch-screen technology and illustrates automatic change from 6-foot 8-inch To 7- and 8-foot pre-hung machining. Door hand, size, hinge size and lock backset are all indicated on the user-friendly monitor, according to a company release. 

Various machining options, such as dead-bolt bore for doors and strike jamb are also indicated. Door counters for daily and total cycles and an integrated timer, keep management informed of machine usage and plant productivity.

The up-clamp feature assures proper spacing between door and jamb regardless of undersized or oversized door slabs.

GlassCraft Has Added a New Series
GlassCraft Door Co. of Houston has expanded their DecoGlass™ window line with the addition of the Wrought Iron series. Designed to compliment GlassCraft’s Wrought Iron wood doors, this expanded offering provides the classical beauty and rustic elegance that is only found in hand-crafted designer iron work, according to a company release. 

The Wrought Iron series includes two standard grill designs and nine standard glass selections. Custom grill designs are also available.

The windows fit a wide range of applications, including the bath, spa, entryways, stairways and kitchens. The artistic and decorative image and leaded insulating-glass panels are installed in a special composite and primed wood framing system that reduces maintenance and is perfect for high-humidity environments. Standard size units meet building codes requiring a 150-mile wind load design, according to company information.

RDI Offers Two-Layered Deck System
Railing Dynamics Inc. (RDI) of Egg Harbor Township, N.J., recently introduced Strata, which is a two-layered deck system that can be cut and fastened like wood boards, making installation simple, according to a company release. Company officials say the deck system will never warp, rot, crack or split once installed.

Strata’s top layer, or deck skin, combines aesthetic beauty with low-maintenance performance. After the base boards are screwed to the framing, the deck skin is snapped over the base, concealing the screws. No expensive, complicated clips are needed as with composite deck systems, or fastening tracks like most vinyl decks, according to company officials. 

The beautiful Mosaic™ design is a combination of “islands and streams,” which provide a non-slip surface while creating natural channels to remove dirt from the deck surface when it rains or is rinsed. The skin is made from UV-stable, durable PVC; it will not stain or discolor like composite decking materials, or squeak like most vinyl deck systems, according to company information.

FrontLine’s Frame Is Made Low-Maintenance
Green Bay, Wis.-based FrontLine Building Products, part of Bay Industries Inc., has announced the introduction of its third-generation garage door frame. 

The exclusive, low-maintenance design is 100-percent aluminum, utilizing an HDPE extension that accommodates fastening of the aluminum frame to the building structure, and attachment of the overhead door perimeter weatherseal, according to a company release.

The new garage door frame is shipped in one package, and includes the header, both vertical jamb pieces and hardware pack. The frame is available with 90° corners or 45° clipped corners, for both 5-1/2- and 7-1/2-inch jamb depth and widths up to 18 feet.

The three-piece frame is easily assembled on the job site by means of aluminum corner gussets, which are inserted into the corners, providing a perfect mitered joint and ensuring worry-free installation. Installation time is approximately 20 minutes.

The all-aluminum frame is ideal for use in all parts of the country, according to company officials. 

The .062 (16 gauge) aluminum frame resists damage and denting and comes with a limited lifetime warranty, according to the release.

Young Mfg. Adds Sandstone to Color Offering
Young Mfg. of Beaver Dam, Ky., offers its Clad Plus II, which was designed as a rot-free, maintenance-free door frame. The patented frame, constructed of treated hardwood encased in vinyl, never needs painting, according to company information. To prevent wicking, insulators are used on the ends of all vertical components. In addition, a zipper attachment eliminates exposed fasteners.

The door frame is now available in a new color, sandstone.

U.S. Superior Sells Pine Doors and More
U.S. Superior Forest Products Inc., a wholesaler company with headquarters in Miami, sells pine doors, flat jambs, mouldings and edge-glued panels. 

U.S. Superior is part of a Brazilian Pine Group (BPG) that has a sawmill, pine forests, a furniture plant, reels and trading division. According to company information, BPG exports 450 loads per month to more than 20 countries around the world. 

Retractable Screen Complements Entry Doors
Peachtree® Doors & Windows of Gainesville, Ga., recently announced the availability of a retractable screen system for use with its entry doors.

Peachtree’s retractable screen system works with Peachtree’s most common-sized entry doors. When not in use, the retractable screen coils inside a circular housing chamber that extends from the sill to the top of the door frame. The screen closes by sliding across the threshold track until the magnetized handle makes contact with the frame. To open, the screen slides back and recoils inside the housing chamber. A built-in mechanism allows the spring-loaded screen to recoil slowly and safely. 

In addition to providing convenient storage, the housing prolongs the life of the screen, according to a company release. When deployed, the screen is held in place by weather stripping in the top and bottom tracks.

WoodWare Introduces the WebConnect™ Module
WoodWare Systems of Memphis, Tenn., recently introduced its new WoodWare WebConnect™ software modules. The modules include: customer and sales rep inquiries and look-ups, quoting and ordering for standard products, quoting and ordering for configured products, wireless modules for job-site connectivity, and more.

Several WoodWare users who have implemented this technology have had major input into its development. 

“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."

JJJ Specialty Adds to Grille Lines
Minneapolis-based JJJ Specialty Co.’s Premier Grille line adds classic stained glass beauty to existing windows, according to company officials.

Manufactured to your dimensions with your choice of design and colors, the company’s grille inserts enhance the character of a home at a fraction of the cost of stained glass windows, according to a company release.

Constructed for ease of installation and removal for window cleaning, this addition to the company’s wood and vinyl grille line turns an ordinary window into extraordinary, according to company officials.

Triad-Ruvo Offers New Stringer Saw
Triad-Ruvo/Merrick Machine Co. of Alda, Neb., is pleased to introduce its new Open Stringer Saw (OSS). The revolutionary designed saw cuts up to four stringers, perfectly square with no overcut, according to a company release. 

The OSS features an embedded P.C. controller, touch screen, automatic indexing and automatic cutting. Two 30-inch 80-tooth carbide tip saw blades, ran by two 5 horsepower motors with a lineal bearing saw guide guarantee a fast, smooth and precise cut every time, according to company information. 

You simply load your 2-inch by 10-inch or 2-inch by 12-inch stringers, enter your rise, run, number of cuts, and width of material, hit the start button and let the machine do the rest. This machine comes standard with in-feed and out-feed roller conveyors.

Product Additions Lead to HVP’s Growth
Shawano, Wis.-based Heritage Veneered Products (HVP), manufacturer of WOODPORT® interior doors, was recently nominated for Wisconsin’s 2004 Manufacturer of the Year. The company’s growth can be attributed to on-going additions to its product line, according to company officials.

The latest release includes select alder, which is suitable for natural or stained finishes and knotty alder, with character-enriching knots.

Initially, homeowners can select from six designs within the Stain-Grade Raised Panel, Flat Panel and French Glass door series, and the company has more designs available in other species.

Full House Offers Machine with Flush-Hinge Technology
Full House Co. of Melbourne, Fla., offers the Marquise Diamond machine. It 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 the ability to change it immediately from standard to commercial face plate, hinge applicators, pre drill, ball-catch drill and deep-pocket mortise.

New Hampshire Company Has Extension Jambs and More
Port-O-Lite of West Swanzey, N.H., has a variety of styles in shutter and blind products available.

The company’s Heritage line is available in most popular sizes. This blind includes a traditional operating bar on the lower louver panel of a Boston-style blind. Although the bar is for decoration only, company literature states the overall appearance mirrors blinds made in the colonial period.

The company also offers traditional cut outs on the top panel of its raised panel series. These cut outs include pine trees, anchors, half moons, initials and other designs at the customer’s request.

In addition, Port-O-Lite offers extension jambs and mouldings, which are made to customer specifications from solid pine. They are available as accessory items for many major window brands and are shrink-wrapped in pairs, cut to length, drilled to your specifications and barcode-labeled per customer request.

Corner Blocks Add Ease to Moulding Projects
Crown corner blocks from Olde Lexington Products of Lexington, N.C., are available in plain and dentil styles, and manufactured of solid wood, these blocks may be stained or painted to complement any given décor. The body of the block uses a full ¾-inch stock and Vee-nail construction to produce a substantial block. With four standard sizes, each offering an inside corner, outside corner and mid-block, the no-miter installation is intended to make simple work of any crown moulding project.

Door Series Features Raised Moulding
Masonite International Corp. of Mississaugua, Ontario, has introduced its new Palazzo™ Series interior doors, which feature distinct raised moulding combined with unique high-definition panel profiles.

Available in 6-foot 8-inch, 7- and 8-foot heights, the series is available in two architectural designs, the Bellagio™ and Capri™. The Capri features two square panels, while the Bellagio has two arched panels. 

Therma-Tru Introduces New Rustic Collection
With the growing popularity of Southwestern and European country architecture, Maumee, Ohio-based Therma-Tru Doors’ beautiful Classic-Craft® Rustic Collection™ are new products that complement these architectural styles. They also offer the look of naturally stained wood-graining, authentic detailing and the exceptional performance of Therma-Tru fiberglass door systems, according to a company release.

Initially available in 8-foot heights and 3-foot and 3-foot 6-inch widths for today’s larger entryways, the Rustic Collection has been extremely popular in the western and southwestern states, according to company officials. In June 2004, Therma-Tru introduced a 6-foot 8-inch door to meet demand from builders, architects, remodelers and homeowners. Now, two new 6-foot 8-inch styles are available in the marketplace with four-panel and two-panel designs and arch- and radius-top and full-lite, clear glass sidelites. 

Machine Designed for Production Door Shops
Norfield Industries of Chico, Calif., introduces the new Eagle Machining Center, specifically designed for production door shops needing both speed and flexibility, according to a company release. The Eagle is a horizontal machine featuring a touch screen (7-inch standard, 10-inch option) that includes system alerts, on-screen diagnostics and integrated system controls. 

The Eagle will process doors from 6 feet 8 inches to 8 feet with a one touch A-B hinge-pattern change. Options include hinge application, auto-width indexing and ball-catch drilling. The Eagle performs optimally as part of a system including Norfield’s Universal Single Stack Loader and Universal Assembly Center, according to company information. 

Fortress Series Comes in White, Clay and Tan
COLOR GUARD® of Sheboygan Falls, Wis., has introduced its new Fortress Series, which company officials say is an innovative combination of powder-coated iron decorative balusters and reinforced top and bottom rails.

Rails are available in COLOR GUARD’s standard colors of white, clay and tan. You can then combine the low-maintenance rail systems with a choice of white, forest green or black balusters offered in smooth, one-basket or two-basket detailed designs.

Outstanding service levels, impeccable quality, and close attentiveness to its customers’ needs, have made COLOR GUARD an excellent choice for vinyl railing, porch post and decorative post wrap requirements, according to a company release.

Commander-di Is Built on Heavy-Duty Steel Chassis
The new Commander-di, is Petaluma, Calif.-based KVAL Inc.’s newest door processor, which company officials say uses a state-of-the-art touch-screen panel to machine doors with jambs, or doors only, for hinges and cylinder locks. 

After touching the appropriate file name, a graphic image of the selected door appears. One simply touches various parts of the screen to change the hand, change the number of hinges and locks or update a list of parameters, according to company information. 

The Commander-di accommodates either flush- or raised-molding doors and will also process jambs that vary in thickness. 

The Commander-di can also be equipped with a computer controlled pre-drill system to drill pilot holes for hinge screws. 

Friedman Releases a Quoting Tool
Friedman Corp. of Deerfield, Ill., is now offering software designed for dealers and suppliers in the construction trades. PowerPak provides dealers with the tools needed to address different aspects of the sales cycle, from the creation of the quote through the printing of the final invoice, according to a company release.

Designed to be the dealer’s own quoting system, PowerPak enables dealers to create and maintain their own price book for non-configured products such as glass, mirror, screens, caulking, siding, garage doors and more. This application will work for most sub-contractors selling products that are dimensional as well as each, per hundred, etc. 

Buffelen Welcomes Custom Orders
Buffelen Woodworking of Tacoma, Wash., has made quoting and ordering custom doors almost as easy as quoting and ordering commodity fir doors. The company can manufacture everything from multiple species, including mahogany, cherry, knotty alder, walnut, and maple to over-sized doors, arch-top doors, cathedral-top doors and clipped-corner doors.
According to a company release, it will even manufacture custom brick mould as well as astragals and even jambs (including arch-top jambs) in the species of your choice.

Endura Products Distributes SureSill™
Greensboro, N.C.-based Endura Products Inc. is now distributing a new SureSill sill pan.
The SureSill sloped sill pan, manufactured by SureSill, Ltd., addresses all shortcomings of sill pans currently on the market, according to a company release. It is more cost effective than self-fabricated designs commonly used by many builders, and actually functions to drain water effectively with a unique built-in channel. 

SureSill™ offers a patent-pending sloped design, combined with integral drain channels to ensure that any moisture in the pan is directed to the exterior of the house, according to the release.

The pan, available in 4 9/16- and 6 9/16-inch widths, is an easy-to-use three-part design, comprised of a channel plate (pan) and end caps, and fits any door or window opening. The SureSill™ lock-in channel plate can be cut to the exact measurement of any window or door opening on site by the installer. The plate is joined with a pair of lock-in corners through a keyed profile and secured with an approved bonding sealant, creating a sloped and drainable, water-resistant sill pan.

Yuba River Manufacturers a Variety of Pine Mouldings
Founded in 1977, Yuba River Moulding & Millwork Inc. of Yuba River, Calif., manufactures premium quality pine mouldings from domestic ponderosa and sugar pine along with Radiata pine, according to a company release.

The company produces solid lineal, solid cut-to-length and finger-jointed mouldings either raw or primed and are also capable of bar coding.

Yuba River specializes in highly mixed truck loads and regularly produces loads with as many as 40-50 individual profiles. According to company officials, the company also keeps a substantial inventory of raw material to fill its customers’ special needs.

Century Architectural Specialties Offers Design Possibilities
Century Architectural Specialties of Marietta, Ga., manufactures extraordinarily-detailed architectural products. Offering more than 500 items of decorative mouldings, decorative wall accents and decorative ceiling accents, Century Architectural decorative products are inspired by the classic architectural styles of the past, according to a company release.

Century’s length mouldings utilize their unique Bi-mold™ process. The Bi-mold manufacturing process creates moulding products with Perfect Joint™, meaning every piece of moulding will have the same dimensions, matching piece to piece. The Century Computer-Matched Repeat™ process ensures that the decorative pattern will match to the next piece at the same point, according to company information.

Taylor Building Products Offers Stainable Steel Doors
West Branch, Mich.-based Taylor Building Products’ stainable steel doors have a classic woodgrain texture deeply engraved into the steel facing, matching the architecturally-correct stiles and rails found in real oak doors, according to a company release. 

A permanently-bonded top coating accepts stain in various colors for a real wood look.
Features and benefits include an exclusive unitized construction with full height and width mechanically interlocking all steel edges for unsurpassed durability, strength and security, according to the release. A foam-filled interlock seam forms an effective thermal break to reduce cold conductance. 

The 22-gauge hot-dipped galvanized steel panels provide for extremely flat doors with superior corrosion resistance. Taylor doors have up to a 90-minute positive- and neutral-pressure fire label in heights up to 8 feet, according to company information.

MAi Honored with 2nd License for Biltmore Estate® For Your Home
Moulding Associates Inc. (MAi) of Wylie, Texas, and Giacomo Busi’s company—T.A.I.L.—of Sedrina, Italy, will design an expanded line of stair parts to be marketed under the Biltmore Estate For Your Home name. This is in addition to the line of doors already being produced by MAi for the Biltmore Estate collection of fine products, according to a company release.

Busi, whose wood working craftsmanship is respected around the world, will design the stair parts after a visit to the North Carolina estate for inspiration. 

Made of A-grade European beech hardwood, the stair parts can be stained to compliment most woods used for handrails and stair steps, according to the release. Beech is light in color and has a grain pattern similar to oak. Each baluster and standard newel is created from one piece of wood for strength and consistency.

Products in the line will include marble or iron components in addition to the all-wood models.

Pemko Offers Sill System and Pocket Door Kit
The SillTech™ 440 series is the new sill system from Pemko of Ventura, Calif. The 440 series is leak-resistant for the life of the door and frame assembly, according to a company release.

Assembled with Fusion tape, the plate of the sill is chemically bonded at a molecular level to the threshold and pan making it virtually impossible to separate from the jamb.

The baffle configuration, with small weep holes in the pan, reduces airflow while allowing water that my have leaked under the door to flow unrestricted back to the exterior, according to company information.

The company also offers the Pocket Frame Kit, which is a sliding door system designed to save space by enabling the door to slide into the wall. 

Constructed with heavy-duty hardware, extruded aluminum reinforced wood studs and an all-extruded aluminum track, the kit can handle a weight capacity of up to 200 pounds. The sealed hanger housing protects the needle bearings from dirt, dust and moisture while aiding in a smooth and quiet roller operation, according to a company release.

Trinity Glass Offers 180 Glass Designs for Doors
Tacoma, Wash.-based Trinity Glass International recently unveiled its new fiberglass entry door systems. The new fiberglass doors offer a durable and protective entryway for the home, and with more than 180 decorative glass designs, provide the homeowner with unparallel customizable options.

With the natural look of wood, the new fiberglass door features unique woodgrain textured patterns, yet will not rot or crack as a result of the outdoor elements, according to a company release. The pre-finished, textured fiberglass doors are available in two durable finishes—light or medium oak. Unfinished, textured fiberglass doors are also available, and can be stained or painted without the need for a stain kit. The company also manufactures a smooth fiberglass door, which can be painted with no prepping required, according to company information.

The Architectural Collection of glass designs includes the Hyde Park, Amore, Stellar, Onyx, Mission Pointe and River families. The Designer Collection offers unique designs that include Cabernet, El Dorado, Lily, Zephyr, Yellowstone and Duchess.

Patio Doors Have Options to Enhance Designs 
Vetter® Windows & Doors of Mosinee, Wis., offers patio doors in swinging and sliding styles, in both French and traditional stiles, in primed wood, aluminum clad, and ProV Wood, which has vinyl exteriors and warm wood interiors. Vetter’s ProV 200 all-vinyl product line includes traditional-stile and wider French-stile sliding patio doors with low-maintenance interiors and exteriors.

The out-swing wood hinged and ProV 200 vinyl sliding patio doors are available with options to meet DP-50 ratings for strength and resilience, according to company information.

Ferche Offers A Family of Mouldings
Ferche Millwork of Rice, Minn., offers hardwood mouldings for the upscale home through its line called the Decorator Series. This series features groups of mouldings in which the casing, base, chair rail and crown have been designed to match each other. The result is a family of mouldings which are correct architecturally, making it easy for a homeowner or end user to simply and quickly select an upgraded moulding package which will provide a custom look without the custom price, according to a company release.

All are available on a quick turnaround in house-job quantities. The four families within the series range from a contemporary style to a grand classic. The brochure and many photographs of this series can be found on Ferche’s website at This specialty line of mouldings is in addition to the full line of solid and veneered moulding products offered by the company.

Wood-Wrapped Mouldings Have Advantages Over Hardwoods
Clackamas, Ore.-based Contact Lumber Co.’s complete line of natural wood-wrapped mouldings, available in cherry, maple, mahogany, oak or any other species, gives builders a clear advantage over solid hardwood mouldings for finishing out interiors, according to a company release. 

The mouldings come in 14-foot or 16-foot lengths (even 18-footers on request), packaged and ready for installation with no pre-drilling. The dimensionally-stable finger-joint substrate is wrapped in defect-free real wood veneer with color uniformity the full length. Moulding is available in virtually any profile up to 10 inches wide. Contact offers fast turnaround on small quantities of select profiles in oak, maple and cherry in areas where distribution has not yet been established through its Quick-Ship™ program. 

“We’ve found that once builders use our wrapped products, they’re usually convinced that wrapped mouldings are the answer to many of the problems they have experienced with solid hardwood mouldings,” explained Jim Snodgrass, Contact’s sales manager in charge of distributor sales. “So we came up with a program that would allow builders to try the mouldings without our distributors having to inventory large quantities of a product that had gone untested in their markets.” 

Royal Mouldings Offers Window and Door Systems and More
Marion, Va.-based Royal Mouldings Limited, a member of the Royal Group of companies, produces decorative polymer and cellular vinyl moulding extrusion components and systems that provide a factory-finished, low-maintenance, No Rot®, moisture-resistant and energy-efficient product, according to a company release.

In addition, the company offers cellular vinyl window and door components and systems, polymer interior and exterior mouldings, trim boards, pole/post surrounds, garage trim and organization systems, and ceiling/wall solutions. Also included are porch columns and railings, guttering, wall mounts and vents.

Sure-Wood Offers How-To Pamphlet
Sure-Wood Forest Products, based in Cincinnati, Ohio, has added a very unique how-to instruction pamphlet to their website.

With the increased popularity of iron balusters in new home construction, the company provides step-by step instructions and pictures for replacing existing wood balusters with new updated iron balusters, according to a company release.

This pamphlet can be easily downloaded and printed for complete instructions. 

In addition to iron balusters, the company offers a complete line of wood balusters, handrail and S4S boards, in oak, poplar and maple.

CMI Unveils CraftMaster Cellini Door Series
CMI of Chicago has a CraftMaster® Cellini Series which combines a special raised panel molding affixed to a smooth surfaced, molded door to deliver enhanced beauty at an affordable cost, according to a company release.

Named after Italian sculptor Benvenuto Cellini, who was known for the intricacy and exquisite detail of his works, the Cellini Series showcases detailed craftsmanship with raised molding accents and defined panels. The series is currently available in both the two-panel, square-top Carrara® design and the two-panel, true arch-top Caiman® design. Both profiles in the series have a smooth finish and are made from molded, high-density fiberboard to resist shrinking, cracking and joint separation. They are offered in 6-foot 8-inch and 7-foot heights, as well as a variety of widths. 

“With the CraftMaster Cellini Series, homebuilders have another distinctive design option to help them meet their customer’s style and home décor,” said Bob Merrill, president and chief executive officer of CMI.

According to Merrill, the new door series also offers a distinct advantage for distributors who carry the CraftMaster Caiman and Carrara door designs. By simply selling their dealers or pre-hangers the plant-on part, which is applied at the pre-hanger, they stock less inventory and have no issues with stacking or damages in transit from the distributor to the pre-hanger.

Bolection Door® Brings Industry Innovation
Developing a proprietary process in engineering a multi-density fiberboard (MDF) edge-protection insert, Bolection Door adds a clever enhancement to the humble Edge™, according to a company release.

Based on providing its customers with a premium MDF paint-grade door system, Bolection Door accompanies this with the strength of its Edge. Secured firmly to the door’s inner edge, this inserted omni directional strip of MDF provides a denser, more attractive face and a solid, non-splitting hinge base.

The advantages of this solid Edge technology include the absence of a visible edge grain, an easy to paint surface, additional door strength and no need for special screws or pre-drilling for ease of installation, according to company information. 

Frontier Offers Fiberglass Door Slabs
Frontier Building Products is a South Plainfield, N.J.-based manufacturer, which focuses on residential fiberglass and steel entrance doors. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Crystal Window & Door Systems.

Frontier manufactures residential fiberglass entrance door slabs in wood grain and smooth-skin designs. According to the company, these doors feature high-strength fiberglass skins and come in several standard widths and heights and a variety of panel designs. The fiberglass doors readily accept stain or paint and Frontier offers factory finishing as an industry-leading option. It also distributes a line of 24-gauge steel residential entrance doors in several widths, heights and panel styles.

The proprietary process and assembly line used to produce Frontier’s Opal fiberglass door slabs features state-of-the-art fabrication equipment, allowing a significant reduction in labor time and cost over conventional methods. 

CAi’s Configurator Module Makes Pricing Easier
If you’re looking for a way to simplify production ordering, reduce errors and save money, Ponderosa software from Computer Associates Inc. (CAi) of Smithfield, R.I., is just the thing. Developed in conjunction with an advisory group of clients and experts within the building materials and millwork industries, Ponderosa is an easy program to use for defining and tracking shop units, according to a company release.

An intuitive product configurator module allows sales representatives to quickly and accurately price, commit proper inventory and shop time for even the most complex door and window units.

While a customer is on the phone, Ponderosa allows you to:
• Capture customer information;
• Cost and price any special order window, door or stair system;
• Relieve inventory; and
• Schedule assembly time.

The software is a fully-integrated Windows-based software system that lets you automate business processes and improve customer service, according to the release. 

Fastek Offers Tilt-Latch and Pivot-Bar Design
Fastek Products of Canton, S.D., which is part of Amesbury Group, has introduced a patent-pending common-route tilt latch and pivot-bar design.

The common-route tilt latch and pivot bar for single- and double-hung windows, utilizes the same tooling and pattern to route both tilt-latch and pivot-bar slots, cutting your set-up time, processing time and tooling requirements in half, according to a company release. 

In addition to the same route, neither the tilt latches nor pivot bars require screws to secure them in place. This new design continues to offer ease of operation, and is available in a wide variety of powder paint colors. 

Fastek Products also offers custom paint match with its own powder paint coating line and a full staff of design engineers and tool makers. 

Ideal Offers Retainers for Pre-Hung Door Units
Ideal Door Components Inc., manufacturers of Chick’s® door plugs, is located in West Linn, Ore. 

According to Ideal Door Components Inc., its quality shipping retainers for pre-hung door units are used on interior and exterior pre-hung door units, exterior entries with sidelites and pre-hung units in adjustable metal frames.

Having started the company in January of 1992, the company’s products are represented by several manufacturer representative agencies nationally, as well as two master distributors located in California and New York.

According to company officials, its Chicks door plugs can be used as an installation guide while setting the door unit in the rough opening. They can also be used as a temporary latch to keep the exterior doors closed during inclement weather. 

The SideLite door plug is also used as a temporary construction lock, as it incorporates a compression-key system that prevents entry from the outside after work hours.

The company is also in the start-up process in developing another retainer system to add to its existing line of quality products. 

Western Reflections Introduces Two New Glass Families
Western Reflections of Gallatin, Tenn., has introduced two new glass designs for 2005. The Stonebridge is a unique wrought iron design which complements both painted and stained entrances. The sculptured glass used on the interior panel enhances the look of the design and provides the high level of privacy desired by many homeowners. The Stonebridge is available in nine different styles to fit a variety of entry-door configurations. The styles include ¾-lite, full-lite, sidelite, elliptical and half-round transoms.

Also new for 2005 is the Oasis. It features a combination of glass types. Patina caming and sage green textured glass highlight the tropical themed design. The Oasis is available for half-lite, full-lite, oval and elliptical transom applications. In addition, the Oasis is available in a 48-inch by 48-inch decorative window suitable for bath applications. 

Medieval Introduces Decorative Glass Line
Estherville, Iowa-based Medieval Glass Industries Ltd., has announced a patent-pending decorative glass line for doors and windows called Iron Art Glass™. 

Company officials say the product is the perfect blend of wrought iron esthetics and the beauty of textured glass and finishes in both antique copper and black. These designs can be custom made for almost any size or shape to complement the company’s extensive standard size offering.

Medieval Glass Industries manufactures a complete line of decorative and commodity door glass, a door glass frame, proprietary designs for clients and custom projects. 

Integral Shade Adds Value to Homes
The new Integral Shade from ODL Inc. of Zeeland, Mich., is a value-added product that adds convenience and safety too, according to Scott Spence, integral treatments product manager. 

According to a company release, with nothing else like it currently on the market, the Integral Shade is just another way ODL is helping add value to homes. 

“Incorporating this product into package offerings can help builders, contractors and remodelers add value to the homes they build and/or remodel,” says Spence.

“A concept similar to ODL’s Integral Blind product, the Integral Shade is different in a few key ways,” says Spence. “Where blinds are typically made of wood or metal and tend to guide light in one direction or another, the Integral Shade’s soft white fabric shade softly diffuses light, blocking ultraviolet sunrays, harsh light and heat.”

The ODL Integral Shade is available in full and half-lite sizes and carries a ten-year warranty. 

PENROD Offers New XO Product
The PENROD Co. of Virginia Beach, Va., has announced the newest product in its XO cellular PVC board line: XO Wood Grain, a board that offers one smooth side and one side with wood grain, according to a company release.

The high-quality wood replacement remedy, XO offers a tough, outer skin and can be used for trimboards, fascia, cornerboards, beadboards, columns and more. According to company officials, the product is extremely cost-effective over time and requires little maintenance. XO is resistant to water damage and impervious to insects. It’s durable on the outside while maintaining its workability on the inside, according to the release.

New Classic Curves Combine Style and Affordability
Ledco of Shelbyville, Ky., has begun manufacturing its Classic Curves series. 
“Our Classic Curves arch-top doors make for a very stylish upgrade at an affordable price,” said Drew Scott, vice president of sales and marketing.

Classic Curves come in the popular CraftMaster Caiman and Cremona design options. Most standard sizes are available in both 6/8 and 8/0 applications in addition to double door units.

Classic Curves are available with three different trim options. The Universal Header adapts any Ledco Classic Curve door for a standard rectangular opening, while offering a decorative design. The L234 profile, the arched casing option, offers the traditional mitered look, matching arched casing with the side trim. Finally, adding Ledco’s decorative transition blocks provides a stylish break allowing you to use the L234 profile or any other profile your distributor may offer. 

Lawrence Hardware Announces the New Signature Hardware™ Catalog
Lawrence Hardware of Sterling, Ill., offers a wide selection of hardware. Company president Preston Boyd recently announced the comprehensive selection of door accessories and trim hardware which is being marketed as the new Signature Hardware.

Designed to meet the needs of the quality-conscious builder or homeowner, Signature coordinates door hinges, stops, pulls, and viewers with wardrobe hooks, handrail brackets, house numbers and more. Lawrence’s extensive residential hinge selection makes it easy to fill virtually all door-opening requirements, according to a company release. Clearly labeled and convenient cut-cases make each item easy to identify and inventory.

Brazilian Company Manufacturers Mouldings and More
BrasPine Madeiras Ltda. is the leading finger-jointed pine producer in Brazil that offers an extensive line of finger-jointed pine products, including mouldings, exterior frames, split and flat jambs. All its production is exported to North America and Europe; all products are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

In addition, the company expanded its Jaguariaíva, Brazil, facility for the production of ultralight multi-density fiberboard mouldings at the end of 2004, according to a company release.

Gossen’s Mouldings Contain UV Inhibitors
Gossen Corp. of Milwaukee is a manufacturer of cellular PVC millwork profiles for the building materials industry.

Under the brand name Gossen Mouldings, the company produces profiles for interior and exterior applications. Its exterior mouldings contain UV inhibitors for weatherability and overall performance, according to a company release.

Gossen also produces entry door jambs made from cellular PVC and laminated wood. In addition, under its No Draft brand name, the company produces window lineals for new construction and replacement windows. These are designed to achieve air, water and structural DP-35 and DP-50 ratings. The insulation value is 60 percent better than wood and 214 percent better than hollow rigid vinyl, according to company information.

McPhillips Offers a Variety of Species for Wood Doors
Located in Mobile, Ala., McPhillips Manufacturing has been delivering millwork products to the marketplace since 1919. In its 85-year history, the company has grown from an eight-employee special millwork manufacturing operation to a 190-plus employee, 175,000-square-foot operation.

Realizing that the market for wood doors has moved from a stocking-level environment to a house job lot-quantity sales environment (regardless if it’s going through one-step or two-step millwork distributors) created McPhillips’ strategic positioning of its Category II and Category III product lines in the house job-lot arena, according to the release.

“With the company’s commitment to house job-lot quantities, new species have been added to the product line that now includes: cypress, hemfir, mahogany, Spanish cedar, Radiata pine and white pine. Currently, McPhillips is increasing it’s manufacturing capabilities and supply-chain relationships to be a reliable source for glazed products (plain or decorative glass), DP-50 coastal-code rated products and design-built custom exterior door units,” said Bill Smith, president of McPhillips Manufacturing. 

National Casein Supplies Adhesives for Different Applications
National Casein of California and affiliated companies have been suppliers of adhesives to the millwork industry for more than 60 years. With plants in Santa Ana, Calif.; Chicago; Tyler, Texas; Riverton, N.J.; and Scarborough, Ontario, the company offers adhesives for cold pressing, hot pressing and high frequency gluing applications.

Company officials say the product line offered includes a wide variety of liquid and powder adhesives, some of which provide highly water-resistant or water-proof bonds.

Adhesives supplied by National Casein of California also are being used for fabricating interior and exterior doors, window applications, doweling, edge gluing, interior and exterior finger-jointed mouldings, membrane pressed veneered parts, other veneer laminating/veneer splicing applications and many other plastic- and wood-bonding processes.

RiteScreen Introduces New Screen
RiteScreen of Elizabethville, Pa., is pleased to announce the introduction of its Moose Advan-Edge patio door screen. 

The company has combined the strength and styling of the 3-inch Moose extruded aluminum profile with the performance of the Advan-Edge Roller system to create the ultimate upgrade screen option for your patio door program, according to a company release. Company officials say that if you add the inset mortised handle with lock, you create a screen that is unlike any other. 

Karona Offers 6,000 Standard Door Designs
Karona of Grand Rapids, Mich., offers nearly 6,000 standard designs which include paneled, louvered, glass and bi-fold doors, as well as certified fire-labeled doors. In addition to this collection, doors can be customized to meet distributors’ particular design requirements with availability from a wide variety of hardwood veneers, according to a company release.

Company officials say that Karona doors are manufactured from a stable solid-core material that resists expansion, contraction and cracking. This combined with A-grade veneers that are chosen to meet or exceed standards set by the Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA).

According to company information, the company can pre-finish doors to provide a UV-cured high-end furniture-type finish. The company’s interior residential doors have a limited lifetime warranty.

Schlegel Offers Q-Lon Door Seals
Rochester, N.Y.-based Schlegel offers Q-Lon door seals, which company officials say have been the quality choice for door seals for over 35 years. Durable, UV-resistant, polyethylene cladding in a variety of colors is bonded permanently to resilient urethane foam to make seals for outstanding sealing against air and water infiltration. 

The liner is durable and tough. Schlegel subjects all of its Q-Lon seals to rigorous weather testing to ensure that they provide superior, long-term sealing protection under the toughest environmental conditions. Q-Lon door seals’ foam formulation provides maximum long-term performance with low compression force.

According to company information, Q-Lon door seals are the industry’s only UL-rated foam seals and have been positive-pressure tested for both categories H and J.

Southwoods-Arauco Specializes in Mixed Truckloads
Manning, S.C.-based Southwoods-Arauco Lumber & Millwork is a subsidiary of Arauco, a Chilean company that has vast timber plantations in South America. As a manufacturer of pine mouldings, its product offering ranges from small mouldings, such as shoe and bed moulds, to wide crowns and bases.

According to company information, its capabilities include most “WM” series profiles as well as custom and nonstandard patterns. Highly-mixed truckloads containing finger-joint bare and primed, solid cut-to-length and random-length mouldings are the company’s specialty.

Dixie-Pacific’s Columns Are Available in Many Sizes
Dixie-Pacific Manufacturing Company in Gadsden, Ala., offers a wide variety and style of round synthetic fiberglass columns available in the market place today, according to company information.

DuraCast round fiberglass columns are available in sizes ranging from 6 inches by 8 feet to 36 inches by 30 feet. Its shafts are load bearing, available either plain or fluted, require very little maintenance, extremely durable and have correct proportions and projections. They are decay- and insect-resistant, and meet the strict guidelines of the ASTM E84-01 (flame spread/smoke density) testing criteria, according to a company release.

The company’s entire DuraCast fiberglass columns are backed by its limited lifetime warranty and are 100-percent factory sanded to ensure a flawless finish.

Kolbe Offers Impact-Certified Double Hung
Builders, architects and homeowners have longed for a window that shows like a piece of fine-crafted furniture—without unsightly plastic tracks or latches. Now with Wausau, Wis.-based Kolbe & Kolbe’s innovative “Sterling” double hung they can have it, according to a company release.The Sterling double-hung window has a hidden jambliner; multi-functional sash lock; and numerous wood species and 22 standard colors, as well as custom colors, according to the company. It meets ASTM-E 1996-04 & 1886-04 codes, missile level D, wind zone 4. Now builders and contractors can enjoy the true natural beauty of an impact-certified double hung without looking at unsightly hardware or vinyl parts. 

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

All Vi-Lux products are made of a tough, durable outer skin with a PVC foam core and are economically priced, according to a company release. Additionally, Vi-Lux products are low-maintenance, requiring no painting. Vi-Lux products cut like wood, won’t crack or split, won’t rot and are termite- and moisture-resistant. 

The company’s products are offered in gray, brown, white and polar white colors. Custom profile and formulations are also available. 

It also offers a cut-to-length program (headers and legs cut to your specified length) for both the flat-bottom and grooved-back brickmould. 

TLC’s 2005 Catalog is Now Available
TLC Mouldings of Willacoochee, Ga., produces primed interior mouldings and boards out of industrial and light fiberboard under the brand name “Harmony.” A third moulding line has recently been added to increase production capacity and improve efficiencies, according to a company release. 

“We provide a quality product, made in the USA, on time and competitively-priced,” said Craig Young, sales manager.

The company’s newly updated 2005 profile catalog is also now available.

Kenlin Group Offers Frames and Brickmoulds
The Kenlin Group Inc. of Port Washington, N.Y., offers a variety of frames and brick moulds.

The company’s FrameSource™ exterior door frame and brickmould are fully engineered utilizing plantation grown LVL poplar and marine-grade phenolic glue. After treatment with a non-toxic wood preservative, all exposed surfaces are then coated with a water repellent material, primed with the company’s special silky smooth primer, and a final coating of anti-fungal exterior paint is applied. To further ensure a decay-resistant water barrier, the company then coats the bottom end with a coating specially formulated to keep water, fungus, termites and other wood destroying insects out. 

FrameSource is covered by a limited lifetime warranty. 

Alexandria Mouldings Offers LDF Mouldings
Alexandria Mouldings of Moxee, Wash., manufacturers a complete line of light-density fiberboard mouldings, flat stock and interior jambs. According to a company release, a smooth finish and guaranteed profile match combined with Alexandria quality will ensure customer satisfaction. 

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