Volume 13, Issue 9 - Novemeber/December 2012

Distributor News & Products

Colorful Options

MGM Industries has developed a new line of premium vinyl paint that is specifically formulated to adhere to uPVC doors and windows. According to the company, Uncle Omer's premium vinyl paint will be available in gallon buckets at building supply dealers and specialty millwork houses for contractors to service homeowners who want to change the color of their vinyl doors and windows and vinyl siding.

The premium vinyl paint has heat-reflective pigments that keep solar heat gain to a minimum, according to the company. MGM offers a pallet of 20 colors that it says match most of the major clad wood color offerings. In addition to this standard pallet, the company has X-rite color analysis software that will allow it to custom color match most color samples submitted.

Opening Up to New Options

A new pivot door is now available from Weiland Sliding Doors and Windows that can be designed and built with oversized panels for an enhanced entry way. Instead of hinging off of a jamb, pivot doors rotate in, out, or both in and out on a smooth pivot hardware box. The company’s new pivot doors are available with the same sash profile options as its liftslides and Beefy Bifold lines, including aluminum with wood interior cladding, all aluminum or all wood.

Heading to the Garden
Thermal Industries recently launched its new garden window 300, integrating the Sellebrity trapezoid-shaped casement window system with beveled exterior glazing. A multi-point locking system and folding handle are standard features and the window is available in white and earth-tone vinyl colors. Wood grain interior options and six painted exterior finishes are available as well.

Hold All the Stops
Madawaska Doors Inc. now offers Insil-Stop, a new thermal stop system developed by company CEO Mike Snider. The stop is said to be only 160/1000-inch thick.

The system is engineered based on the application of a high-temperature, silicone-based mat impregnated with Aero Gel. When applied to the center of a typical wood door the R-value increased beyond R-12, according to the company.

In addition, the Insil-Stop system is designed to suppress fire and, according to Snider, the company will be submitting it for UL fire testing within the next year.

Baylor Honors DW Distribution

DW Distribution, based in DeSoto, Texas, was honored with the "2012 Well-Managed Business Award" by Baylor University. DW and other category winners were recognized during an awards banquet on November 8 at the university.

The Texas Family Business of the Year awards program recognizes outstanding firms whose families demonstrate a commitment to each other and to business continuity, and who are responsive to the needs of their employees, communities and industries. Specifically, the Well-Managed Business Award is given to the successful family business, which demonstrates strong management techniques resulting in operational efficiency and effectiveness. Accepting the award on DW's behalf were co-founder Vernon Potter; vice chairman and CEO, Byron Potter; and president

Nathan Potter. "We are very proud to be recognized for our successful business practices," said Nathan Potter. "We have certainly faced our share of challenges over three generations, but we have remained focused on sound business principles and our resolve to help our employees, customers and vendors pursue their American Dream.”

Hoff Acquires Allied Lumber
Hoff Companies, based in Meridian, Idaho, announced the purchase of the assets of Allied Lumber Dealers, a wholesale door distributor in Denver, which will be merged with Hoff’s Trimco Millwork Distribution Division.

“We are very excited about having Jim Bakarich, and his team join our company,” says Hoff president and CEO, Brian Hoff. “We’ve been looking to expand our product offering in doors in the resurgent Front Range market of Colorado for quite some time, and Allied Lumber Dealers gives us the means to do so.”

Jim Bakarich, president and second-generation member of the founding family adds, “The combination of our current business, along with the capital and operating support from Hoff through Trimco, will allow us to expand the combined company at a much faster rate, give all employees more opportunity for personal growth and provide a wider variety of products to all of our customers more efficiently.”

Allied Lumber Dealers will become part of Hoff’s Trimco Distribution Division, and report directly to Paul Peters, Trimco Millwork Division manager. “We’re very pleased to have the Allied Lumber Dealers team on board and are looking forward to combining forces with our Aurora, Colo., distribution operation to better serve our customers in the Front Range and neighboring markets. We have experienced a significant upturn in our business recently and we expect to grow even faster by adding Allied’s expertise and resources to ours.”

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Kolbe Introduces Ultra Folding Window
As homeowners continue to seek open spaces with expansive views, fresh air and natural light, Kolbe offers its Ultra series folding window, designed to complement its folding door product.

The window accommodates up to eight panels on each side, spanning more than 50 feet with each panel as wide as 39 3/8 inches and as high as 72 inches. Double-pane, insulating glass with LoE2-270 coating, 3-inch stiles and rails and 1 ³/4-inch-thick pine wood construction are standard. Optional sizes for stiles, rails and thickness are available, as are glass types, hardware, screens, sills and divided lites.

For the windows' interior, a range of sustainably harvested wood species can be selected. The Ultra Series products' exteriors are clad in low-maintenance extruded aluminum with recycled content and the outer metal surfaces may be finished in environmentally friendly coatings in a broad palette of colors.

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