Volume 16, Issue 6 - August/September 2015

What's News

OPENINGS

Groupe Eugenie Opens New Showroom Near Montreal

Groupe Eugenie, a Quebec-based manufacturer and importer of door and door jamb machinery, hosted a grand opening for its new showroom and offices near Montreal in mid-July.

The company, which was founded just five years ago, has experienced explosive growth recently, says president Richard Chauvette. He launched JRC Machinery, the distribution side of Groupe Eugenie, in a partnership with his son Jonathan. (The name JRC is a combination of their initials.)

“We’ve grown a lot, so we decided to have an office that’s just for a showroom,” Richard said. “It’s very important to have a place to tell the customers to come in and see the machinery because we import a lot of machinery from Italy, Germany, France and Turkey. So here, in Montreal, it’s now possible to do that.”

The 10,000-square-foot facility houses samples of the company’s door and window equipment. It also features sleek, modern offices with all-glass walls.

“We wanted the place to have a feel of a real showroom, so machines are on display,” said Stephane Labelle, the marketing and business development  manager for Groupe Eugenie. “We also have more functional offices. It’s a pretty big step for us, because the whole group was made up of different companies and we used to have two different locations – one for maintenance and one for everything else. Now that we have more products that we distribute and more products that we also manufacture, it was not even a choice. We have more and more orders for our machines, so we needed to make space to build more Eugenie machines.”

Groupe Eugenie is composed of six companies—Eugenie Canada, which manufactures machinery; JRC Machinery, a worldwide distributor; Techno-Pro Expert, which handles maintenance for industrial machinery;  Eugenie Technologie, which designs machinery; Libra Integration, which develops software; and L’Engrenage, which is the company’s charitable arm.


ACQUISITIONS

TruForm Expands with Canadian Acquisition TruForm Building Products has acquired Screens R US’s Calgary division in an effort to take its customer base westward. A company release says the transition “should be relatively seamless,” with the sales representatives from TruForm remaining the same.

Screens R US’s Eastern and Quebec divisions were purchased recently by Quebec-based window manufacturer Valconcept.



LEGISLATION

Industry Leaders Tell Congress How to Achieve Efficiency Sustainable-building leaders had their chance to lobby for energy efficiency improvements and offered their takes on how to get there at an industry expo on Capitol Hill in July.

Kiere DeGrandchamp, president of Gettysburg, Pa.-based High Performance Homes and one of four panelists at the Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Expo, said houses that reach zero energy rating status deserve special financing.

“These houses are worth it … You don’t have electric bills and you have a lot of comfort,” he says. “We’re petitioning to get tax credits incentivized and also talking about getting mortgages at a reduced rate for these types of homes because they are less at-risk than a regularly constructed home.”

Tom Herron, director of communications and marketing at the National Fenestration Rating Council, also offered ideas on how policymakers can help the U.S. reach its sustainable goals.

Citing Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory’s study that found energy wastage through windows is $50 billion annually, Herron said stricter standards could stop it.

Herron told DWM magazine that representatives from many legislators’ offices circulated throughout the discussions, and he believed the expo served its purpose.

“The show provided a great opportunity to call more attention to the important role windows, doors and skylights play in improving our quality of life by making residential and commercial buildings more comfortable and energy efficient while contributing to green building and sustainability and also delivering many health and human performance benefits,” he said.


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Quaker Window Products and Caldwell Manufacturing are the newest members of the Window and Door Manufacturers Association … VEKA launched a new educational initiative, VEKA Academy, in May. The two-day program was developed to cover key aspects of the fenestration industry … Loewen Windows of Steinbach, Manitoba, celebrated its 110th anniversary in business in early July … Anaheim Glass of Anaheim, Calif., recently marked its 70th anniversary.





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