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York Aluminum is celebrating 50 years in business this September. The Toronto-based manufacturer of storm doors, porch enclosures and storm windows was started in the Weston area of Toronto in 1969 by Ernie Weidner. Today, it is run by his son, Ed, and operates out of a 35,000-square-foot facility in Etobicoke.
It all started back in 1960 when Frank Bruno arrived from Italy and found a job as a glass cutter for Everlast. Fast forward a few decades and The Everlast Group of Companies was looking to grow and plant roots in a town it has serviced local builders for years  from Toronto...that city is Thunder Bay, Ontario.  Mike Bruno’s vision was to bring some more contemporary styles and colours of both windows and doors to Thunder Bay and was successful in doing so. 
Andrew Rayner, a partner at Azcor and AquaSurTech, passed away July 14 at the age of 74. Rayner was also well known in the coatings and paint industry from his time at Royal Bond.
Dashwood Industries Inc. has announced the relocation of its operations to accommodate its continued growth and future expansion plans for its window and door business. Dashwood is pleased to announce the forthcoming relocation of its head office and business operations to Strathroy Ontario. Located on Centre Road on the perimeter of Strathroy, the new location will provide ample space for manufacturing, engineering, sales and services as well as customer support for the business.
Theo Neequaye, a long-time employee at Euro Vinyl Windows and Doors in Woodbridge, Ont., passed away after a battle with cancer on May 13. The company has set up a GoFundMe campaign to collect donations in support of his young family.
Ralph Spanier, former Calgary Sash president, passed away May 27 after a long fight with cancer according to industry sources in Calgary. He was an industry leader who cared for his staff and customers. He was awarded the industry Pioneer award by Fenestration Canada in 2009.
The U.S. and Canada reached an agreement last week to end the 10 per cent U.S. tariff on aluminum and 25 per cent tariff on steel entering the U.S. Canada has also dropped its 10 per cent tariff on aluminum and steel window and door products, along with retaliatory tariffs on a number of other products.
April 2, 2019 - Gérard Geoffrion, Chairman of the Atis Group Board of Directors, is very pleased to announce the appointment of Benoit Alain as President and Chief Executive Officer of Atis Group.
April 9, 2019 - As spring arrives, the Window Safety Task Force of the National Safety Council encourages parents and caregivers to recognize the importance of practicing window safety during Window Safety Week, being observed April 7-13. However, open windows any time of year can be dangerous for young children who are not properly supervised.
Feb. 13, 2019 - OmniGlass is pleased to announce that Tracy Rogers has joined OmniGlass SCT as Director of US Sales & Marketing.
The founders of President Doors and Windows Inc., Christiane Parent and Yvan Houle, have announced a transaction ensuring the succession of the business and fostering its expansion. Marie-Pier Houle, Director of Administrative Services, and Marc-André Villemure, Director of Operations, both members of the founding family, and Benoit Dubord, a dynamic entrepreneur who will take-over the executive functions of Mr. Houle, become co-owners. Mr. Houle will keep an active role to ensure a smooth transition.
Nov. 16, 2018 - WTS Paradigm has announced a name change as part of a branding initiative that emphasizes the software company's high standards of leadership, expertise, and innovation in the building products industry. Beginning November 16, WTS Paradigm will be branded as Paradigm.
Oct. 16, 2018 -  This year, Pollard Windows Incorporated is marking its 70th year in business. Since our beginning, Pollard has seized every change and major shift in the window and door manufacturing industry as an opportunity to evolve and remain an active and innovative company. It is in thanks to our customers for their business and trust in us over our long history. Their loyalty has helped us achieve this incredible milestone.
After many years of shipping product to Thunder Bay, Ont., from its Etobicoke facility and supporting the community from afar, Everlast has decide to take up residence in this lovely town to the north. After months of careful consideration and scouting the company turned to a long-standing and established window and door company in town, A & R Ross, and made a offer to purchase them. The offer was accepted and closed Oct. 1. Everlast’s history in the window and door business spans over six decades and acquiring another historic mainstay in the industry just seemed a logical step.
Window and Door magazine is reporting a mass shooting at fenestration software manufacturer, WTS Paradigm, on Sept. 19. Several employees of WTS Paradigm were shot on Sept. 19 after a gunman opened fire at the company’s Middleton, Wis., offices. According to Middleton Police Chief Charles Foulke, the shooting began at about 10:25 a.m.
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