VPI Quality Windows to Purchase Mercer’s
Door and Window Assets
Spokane, Wash.-based VPI Quality Windows (VPI) signed a
letter of intent to acquire substantially all the door and window manufacturing
assets of Mercer Windows through its recently closed Beaverton, Ore.,
location. The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions,
will be completed as soon as possible, but no later than June 30, 2014.
“This acquisition provides a variety of outstanding additions to our high-performance
window product line, and also allows us to rapidly add high-quality aluminum
door and window offerings to our customers,” says Burke Blevins, president
and CEO of VPI. “We are proud to have the opportunity to keep the Mercer
legacy alive, making Mercer windows, with Mercer employees, at the Mercer
“We’re delighted with this outcome,” says Dan Boverman, chief restructuring
officer for Mercer Industries. “Mercer Industries had significant discussions
with many door and window companies over the past few weeks and VPI emerged
as the best fit. Not only will VPI be a quality steward of the Mercer
Windows product line, customers, employees and suppliers, it is well positioned
to allow us to quickly resume normal business operations, which is great
news for our customers.”
VPI will acquire the Mercer brand and manufacturing assets, which include
several proprietary window design technologies. VPI intends to retain
a majority of Mercer Windows’ employees, including management, inside
sales staff and production workers at Mercer’s Beaverton facilities, as
well as field sales staff.
Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Trulite Sells AWP Windows and Doors
Trulite Glass & Aluminum Solutions LLC sold AWP Windows and Doors, based
in Medley, Fla., to Deerpath Holdings in Lake Forest, Ill. AWP, which
serves the South and Central Florida window market, offers aluminum and
vinyl impact windows, along with residential sliding doors.
“We are pleased to have reached an agreement with Deerpath Holdings,”
says Trulite CEO Paul Schmitz. “This will allow Trulite to continue focusing
on its core competencies while allowing AWP to grow under its new owner.”
“We are delighted with the acquisition of AWP,” adds Craig Speed, CEO
of Deerpath Holdings. “ … We look forward to continuing to expand AWP’s
presence in the market through product line growth and geographical expansion.”
A+W Opens New Headquarters
A+W’s new headquarters in Polheim, Hessen, Germany has space for more
than 150 employees. The facility contains 3,600 square meters of office
space, divided into two pavilion buildings. It includes several conference
rooms, equipped with modern media technology, designed to facilitate work
meetings and training with various numbers of participants, according
to the company. The facility also includes a library furnished with “comfortable
bistro tables.” The company worked with office furnishing supplier CEKA
to implement the open space concept.
“It surprised and pleased me how spontaneously the open concept and attractive
library area was accepted and used by the employees,” says managing director
Uwe Schmid. “We were barely moved in and already work groups and employees
with customers were sitting in the pleasant communication zones. In our
previous offices they first had to search for a free room for 15 minutes
in order to then meet isolated in a closed room. These are the advantages
that are immediately experienced and that do not need to be explained.”
In other news at A+W, the company recently was recognized for its Business
Pro software solution by the German Mid-Sized Companies Initiative. The
company was recognized specifically in the ERP category and received the
Innovation Prize IT.
Quanex Celebrates 35 Years of Warm-Edge Technology
Quanex Building Products introduced its flexible, non-metal-based spacer
35 years ago to the insulating glass industry. “The last 35 years have
brought much advancement in IG systems—and many of the technologies have
been tied to the individuals and companies that now make up Quanex Building
Products,” says George Wilson, general manager, Insulating Glass Systems,
Quanex Building Products. “To this day, we take pride in being innovators.
We are always striving to help our customers find the next best thing
that will improve performance and allow them to operate more efficiently.
It’s ingrained in our history and will continue to be part of our future.”
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