Volume 16, Issue 5 - June/July 2015

Distributor News and Products


Marvin, Pella Snap
Up Competitors

Two major door and window manufacturers completed acquisitions during the past couple of months.

Marvin Windows and Doors of Minnesota announced in early May that it has acquired TruStile Doors of Denver.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

TruStile manufactures made-to-order architectural stile and rail doors for the high-end residential and commercial construction markets.

Meanwhile, Pella Corp. acquired Grabill Windows and Doors, which manufactures custom luxury fenestration. Grabill will maintain its brand and continue to focus on the luxury marketplace.

The 40 employees at the manufacturing facility in Almont, Mich., will join the Pella team, the company said in a statement.

Terms of the sale weren’t disclosed.


Congress Considers Law to Keep Dealers from Being Sued

Republican House members introduced a bill in March to protect dealers from what they call “unfair product liability lawsuits.”

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) is backing Rep. Blake Farenthold’s (R-Texas) reintroduced bill called the Innocent Sellers Fairness Act (H.R. 1199). The bill protects from liability those businesses that merely sell products, and did not manufacture or install them.

Current law imposes liability without wrongdoing on sellers and exposes them to all of the damages allegedly suffered by a plaintiff.


NanaWall Stretches Thin Glass to the Max

NanaWall Systems’ new SL80/81 Folding Series glass wall features super-thin glass that’s also highly energy efficient.

The company says the glass wall can be configured in many ways, making it ideal for all kinds of residential and commercial applications.

“Our new SL80/81 Folding Series is so thin, it must be seen to be appreciated,” notes NanaWall Systems CEO Ebrahim Nana. “The frame profiles are just 1 7⁄8 inches, yet individual panels can be specified up to ten feet tall and more than three feet wide. Furthermore, with a triple-insulating core, this folding system is extremely energy efficient.”

The company says SL80 and SL81 meets the National Fenestration Rating Council’s 100/200 standard as well as all Energy Star requirements.


Mira, Mira: Ply Gem’s
Bi-Parting Impact Door

Ply Gem Windows’ new Mira Premium Impact Series Bi-parting door is available in sizes up to 12 feet wide, which provides up to six feet of horizontal space when open. The cascading bi-parting patio doors simulate the look of a glass wall with added storm protection, according to the company.

The doors come equipped with impact-rated glass, based on the same technology found in automotive safety glass, to help prevent windblown debris from breaking through a home’s seal. Offered in 46 exterior colors, and a variety of standard and custom sizes, the four-panel door can be configured to meet builder specifications and match any exterior design.



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