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July 12, 2018 - RegaLead, the Canadian subsidiary of UK-based global supplier RegaLead, has announced that it has appointed StoreTek Sales to handle the sales of its range of European-inspired design-led door lites range in Eastern Canada and the U.S.
CBC Radio's Ontario Today program took a full hour to discuss the demise of the GreenON home renovation rebate program, taking calls from consumers and fenestration contractors and fabricators. The conversation creates a fascinating snapshot of the confusion and chaos caused by the program.
Fenestration Canada has released a statement criticizing the Canadian government for retaliatory tariffs imposed on U.S. imports of aluminum windw and door products. The federal government announced charges of 10 per cent on these products entering the country in response to U.S. tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum announced in May.
Fenestration Canada is seeking testimonials from members to add to its communications to the Ontario government regarding the cancellation of the GreenON window rebate program. The association released the following message:
The federal government has announced retaliatory tariffs on imports from the U.S. of many steel and aluminum products, including "doors, windows and their frames and thresholds for doors." The tariffs are in response to American tarrifs announced in May on steel and aluminum entering the U.S. from Canada. The tariff on fenestration products will be 10 per cent.
June 29, 2018 - The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) is pleased with the Canadian government's decision to refuse the sale of Aecon Group Inc. to Chinese government-controlled CCC Holding Limited (CCCI). "CCA wishes to express its satisfaction with the government's confidence in the Canadian construction industry," said Mary Van Buren, CCA president. "We are happy that the government recognizes the fact that government-owned or controlled entities have no place to compete against private and publicly-traded companies in the Canadian construction industry."
The GreenON rebate program has been cancelled, according to the program's website. GreenON's sudden launch made waves last December by promising buyers of replacement windows up to $5,000 in rebates when they purchased Energy Star Most Efficient windows from WindowWise-accredited dealers. The program came under fire from industry critics for its haphazard rollout, poor communication, conflicting rules and unclear procedures and requirements.
George Warren, owner of Centennial Windows and Doors in London, Ont., was presented with Fenestration Canada's C.P. Loewen award recognizing lifetime contributions to the Canadian window and door industry. The presentation was made at the Fenestration Canada Spring Conference's President's Dinner, June 5 in Calgary.
June 4, 2018 - VELUX Canada, the Canadian sales company of the VELUX Group, has announced that its sister company, VELUX America has acquired Wasco Products Inc. This purchase will broaden the VELUX commercial daylighting capabilities in the Canadian market.
May 9, 2018 - Richelieu Hardware has announced the closing of the acquisition of the principal net assets of Weston Premium Woods Inc., an Ontario based distributor located in Brampton, on the outskirts of Toronto. A leader in its field, Weston distributes a diverse range of materials, decorative products and hardwoods targeted to an extensive customer base of kitchen and bathroom cabinet, storage and closet, home furnishing and office furniture manufacturers, as well as residential and commercial woodworkers. This acquisition, the first in 2017 for Richelieu, represents additional sales of approximately $60 million on an annual basis.
Symposiums, safety expos, and national safety awards are some of the hundreds of celebratory events occurring throughout Canada as part of North America Occupational Safety (NAOSH) Week, May 6-12.
May 3, 2018 - EuroVinyl Windows in Woodbridge, Ont., has expanded to accommodate production of its Evolution sliding door, and released this slick video to introduce the new facility. Watch as president Chris Meiorin and his team prepare the new 10,000-square-foot space for installation of their new Urban glazing bead saw, an AXYZ CNC router, a Sturtz secondary footlock router and an array of drills, stands, assembly tables, storage racks and punch stations.Check out EuroVinyl's site.
Apr. 25, 2018 - REHAU has announced plans to adjust its window solutions division in Canada and the United States. As a result, REHAU will close its manufacturing plant in Winnipeg, Manitoba by the end of 2018.
Rick Pries has started his own company, FenestrationPro, and is now offering his services as an independent consultant to the Canadian window and door industry. FenestrationPro offers testing and field evaluations, vendor evaluations project management and other services leveraging Pries' more than 30 years in the industry. He is located in Wizard Lake, Alta.
Provincial Glass and Mirror in London, Ont., opened its doors to the media and city dignitaries for a tour and ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new Horton Street location. The 34-year-old company has relocated from its prior facility on York Street and approximately doubled the space it has to operate in with the acquisition of the former Canada Computers space. The move included putting on a snazzy new facade and completely renovating the office space and fabrication shop. All-told, Provincial now has 12,000 square feet to play in, and owner Brett Lucier is thrilled to be able to turn around with his arms outstretched in the spacious new shop.
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