Study Predicts U.S. Door and Window Demand to Exceed
$31 Billion in 2014
Demand for doors and windows in the United States is forecast to rise
6.6 percent per year to $31.2 billion in 2014, according to Windows &
Doors, a new study released by The Freedonia Group Inc., a Cleveland-based
industry market research firm. This increase is a rebound from the 2004-2009
period, when demand fell 4.3 percent annually, reflecting the collapse
of the housing market between 2007 and 2009. Although housing completions
will remain below the level reached at their cyclical peak in 2006, the
recovery in new home construction will fuel above-average gains in the
residential market for doors and windows through 2014, the study says.
Among material types, plastic doors and windows will see the most rapid
growth through 2014, advancing over ten percent per year to $7.4 billion.
Gains will be spurred by rising demand for fiberglass entry doors, which
will take market share from wood and steel entry doors. Freedonia attributes
the increase in fiberglass popularity to the material’s low cost, aesthetics
and energy efficiency. While traditionally wood doors were seen as more
attractive than those made from fiberglass, improvements in processing
techniques have enabled manufacturers to make fiberglass that more closely
resembles wood. Further gains for plastic doors and windows will be supported
by continuing demand for vinyl windows because of their low cost, durability,
minimal maintenance requirements and energy efficiency, according to the
Metal doors and windows accounted for the largest share of door and window
demand in 2009, overtaking wood products, which saw their share of the
market decline due to the steep drop in spending on residential building
construction, where wood doors and windows are most commonly used. Metal
doors and windows are expected to continue to lead the market in 2014.
Demand will also be supported by the nonresidential market, where metal
products are sometimes chosen because of their low cost and durability.
Demand for wood doors and windows is forecast to rise 7.2 percent per
year to $10.9 billion in 2014. The rebound in residential building construction
activity will drive gains, especially in the high-end housing market.
Wood doors and windows are seen as aesthetically pleasing products that
add value to a home. However, strong plastic door and window demand, which
is taking share from wood, will prevent wood products from supplanting
metal products as the market leader, the study reports.
Jeld-Wen of Canada Ltd. Fined $50,000 for Incident That Injured Worker
Jeld-Wen of Canada Ltd. recently was fined $50,000 for a June 2008 incident
in which an employee was injured at its manufacturing plant in Vaughan,
Ontario. The Ontario Ministry of Labor (OML) brought the fine against
the company for the incident, which it said violated the Occupational
Health and Safety Act.
According to reports from the OML, the worker was using a table saw to
cut a piece of wood at the plant on June 3, 2008, when the incident occurred.
As reported, the saw blade had a guard on it, but the saw would not make
the required cut if the guard was left in place; as a result, a supervisor
advised a worker to remove the guard to make the cut, according to the
OML, and the worker’s hand made contact with the unguarded blade while
making the cut, and the worker lost part of two of his fingers.
Jeld-Wen of Canada Ltd. pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that the table
saw was equipped with a guard or other device to prevent access to its
blade, according to the announcement.
In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25-percent victim fine surcharge,
which will be credited to a special provincial government fund to assist
victims of crime.
Simonton Part of Fortune’s Home and Security Spin-Off
Simonton Windows® is part of the new Home and Security business that
will be spun off by Fortune Brands Inc. in 2011. Plans were announced
on December 8, 2010, for the Home and Security business unit to be spun
off as an independent, publicly traded company to current Fortune Brands
“We’re excited that Simonton Windows is positioned for continued growth
as a market leader in the new Home and Security business that’s being
developed,” says Mark Savan, president of Simonton Windows. “The new structure
will provide us with excellent opportunities for our brand to be a key
participant in a stand-alone publicly traded company purely focused on
the home products market.
“While details are still being finalized, we anticipate this exciting
development will take place within the next six to nine months. During
and after the transition we expect no changes in our operations,” he adds.
As part of its announcement, representatives of Fortune Brands communicated
that its Board of Directors unanimously approved, in principle, a separation
of the company’s three strong consumer businesses–distilled spirits, home
and security and golf products.
Edgetech I.G. Seals Deal to Bring Gas-Fill Technology to America
Edgetech I.G. recently announced that it will partner with United Kingdom-based
Inagas, a provider of gas-fill machinery. Under the agreement, Edgetech
will be the exclusive distributor of Inagas products in North America
and Central America, and also will distribute the products in Germany,
France, Switzerland and Austria.
“Inagas’ technologies are worlds ahead of the competition in terms of
accuracy, reliability and ease of use,” says Mike Burk, manager, workplace
learning and performance, Edgetech I.G. “With Inagas gas-fill equipment,
productivity and quality are dramatically improved over the analog filling
options currently available in the Americas.”
Edgetech will offer the full range of Inagas products, including gas fillers
and test equipment.
Gorell Windows and Doors in Indiana, Pa., announced recently that
its sales of doors and windows over the past two months was 12.5 percent
higher than the same eight-week period in 2009.
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