Building a Future for Distributors and Dealers of Building Products

Volume 44,  Issue 5                                        June 2005

     In The News


MAi Celebrates Partnership with Biltmore
Moulding Associates Inc. (MAi) of Wylie, Texas, in partnership with Biltmore Estate® For Your Home, is offering a new line of doors, the Biltmore Estate Collection. To celebrate the partnership, MAi hosted the Biltmore Estate® For Your Home partnership party.

Guests included Biltmore Estate representatives and Gianpietro Busi, chief executive officer of MLB Co., the stair company that produces the MAi La Scala line that is also part of the collection, and others, pictured right. 
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AAMA Updates Lead Content Standards
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has added requirements to the governing specifications of its profile certification program to ensure that no lead has been added to certified vinyl profiles. Recent revisions to the AAMA 300 series specifications now require anyone claiming conformance to these standards to meet the defined lead content requirements, which are restricted levels AAMA believes are appropriate to protect customers of the industry. 

The eight materials standards have been updated by AAMA’s Vinyl Material Council to include the new lead content requirements and reference updates. According to the association, key provisions prohibit the addition of lead to the compounds, requiring that the lead content of all profiles be less than 0.02 percent by weight. The updated AAMA documents include: 303-04; 304-04; 305-04; 306-04; 307-04; 308-04; 309-04; and 310-04.

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MERGERS & Acquisitions

Focus Doors & Windows Acquires Four Quebec CompaniesFocus Doors & Windows of Montreal has acquired four Quebec companies: Melco, Plastimont, Vimat and Vimat-Lavaltrie. 

The acquired companies complement Focus’ existing operations in Quebec, according to a company news release. Plastimont and Melco manufacture windows and doors, respectively, and Vimat consists of a vast distribution network. Like Focus, the companies serve both the residential and commercial markets.

The acquired companies will continue to operate from their existing locations, and members of their current management teams will oversee operations, reporting to Focus president and chief executive officer Robert Doyon. According to Doyon, the acquisitions will allow the different companies within the group to maximize their development opportunities and to offer a greater variety of products and services to their clientele in the months to come. 

The acquisitions bring to seven the number of manufacturing plants operated by Focus and the group now employs close to 1,000 employees in Quebec.

Empire Invests in Local Manufacturer
The Empire Co., based in Zeeland, Mich., has announced its purchase of Kok’s Woodgoods Inc., a specialist manufacturer of quality wood products, including mouldings, casings and chair rails, also headquartered in Zeeland.

“For Empire, bringing Kok’s Woodgoods into the Empire business model enhances our supply chain and creates new market opportunities for growth,” said Tom Highley, Empire’s chief executive officer. “For Kok’s Woodgoods, the partnering with Empire will provide Empire’s distribution service capability and the management resources of a larger organization sharing common products, markets and customers.”

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