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W&D Weekly
April 4, 2012
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James Hardie Buys Teel Pultrusion Business

A supplier of fiberglass components to the window and door industry, Teel Plastics Inc. is selling its pultrusion division to Razor Composites LLC, a new business more

Masonite Adds Quebec Doormaker

The global door producer has acquired Baillargeon Doors Inc., a manufacturer of wood flush doors for architectural more

EU Fines Window Hardware Manufacturers

Nine European producers of window hardware fined for operating a cartel by which they agreed on common price more

Changes Coming in Volume Purchase Program

Following a two-hour stakeholder strategy session in February, the Department of Energy is making a number of changes in its High Performance more

ProVia Expanding Operations

The Sugarcreek, Ohio-based manufacturer is adding a new 108,000-square-foot facility adjacent to its more

Industry Marks Window Safety Week

The annual event organized by the National Safety Council and the National Window Safety Task Force is designed to highlight more

More News
EPA Expands Recognition of 3M LeadCheck
Crystal Welcomes New York Senator
DOE Names MI as 2011 Top Seller in R-5 Program
Chapman Named WDDA Member of the Month
The Talk

By John G. Swanson, Editor/Associate Publisher

This week's news announcement from James Hardie and Teel Plastics doesn't say too much about windows and doors, but the story suggests we could have huge new player in the window and door industry.  A $1.25 billion building products company like James Hardie could have an especially big impact on the fiberglass segment of the industry.

Fiberglass accounted for about 3.5 percent of the 2011 window market, according to the annual AAMA/WDMA study conducted by Ducker International.  That study sees fiberglass's market share increasing, but the gains are not too dramatic.  A couple of major manufacturers–Marvin and Milgard, most notably–are strong advocates for the material, as are a handful of smaller window manufacturers, but most manufacturers have shied away from it.     

Is that changing?  That's our poll question of the week. And, of course, I'd like to hear from you. Do you see a new big player like James Hardie in the market giving fiberglass a boost in the window and door maket? Or is the acquisition a signal that fiberglass is already poised for a growth spurt, and James Hardie just happens to be positioning itself in the market at the right time? We'd love to hear what you're thinking.  Post a comment or email me to share your thoughts.

Are You Serving More Small Builders?

A slight majority of respondents see smaller builders playing a larger role in the more

Do you see fiberglass windows increasing market share?
Yes, I see growth accelerating in next few years.
Yes, I see growth but no big jumps.
Yes, but it will be slight.
No, I foresee fiberglass remaining in its current niche.
The Outside View
Housing Signals Suggest Temporary Pause Amid Improving Long-Term Trends
From NAHB Eye on the Economy
Consumers in U.S. Boost Spending as Confidence Rises
Underwriters Laboratories Releases New Door Leaf Sustainability Document
From American Architectural Manufacturers Association
Serious Energy in Serious Trouble
From Greentech Enterprise
'Tea Party' Backed Bill to Halt Green Programs
From The Arizona Republic
Ronald McDonald House Gets New Windows Thanks to Donation
From WJBK Fox 2 Detroit

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