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Door companies merge

BY HBSDEALER Staff

CMI, the Chicago-based manufacturer and marketer of CraftMaster Doors, MiraTEC Trim and Extira Panels, has entered into an agreement to purchase the assets of Illinois Flush Door Co., a door assembly business located in Plainfield, Ill. The purchase price was not disclosed.

The deal expands CMI’s manufacturing network to include its Towanda, Pa., plant, which manufactures CraftMaster door facings, as well as MiraTEC Trim and Extira Panels; the CraftMaster Door division, which includes door assembly plants in Christiansburg, Va; Ozark, Ala; and Garland, Texas; and ownership participation in a door facing manufacturing facility in China.

Founded in 1944, Illinois Flush Door manufactures and distributes a full line of interior doors in a variety of styles, finishes and materials for the residential and commercial building markets.

“We feel fortunate that we will be joining a company that has long admired our reputation for quality and will work with us to continue to meet the needs of builders, remodelers and architects,” said Howard Murphy, general manager of the Plainfield operation. “Most importantly, this investment offers CraftMaster customers, both regionally and nationally, a growing manufacturing network that, with this acquisition, now includes four plants, as well as relationships with critical independent door makers that produce and distribute CraftMaster doors nationwide.”

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Motorized blinds get green

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Online window coverings retailer Blinds Chalet unveiled a motorized blinds product with the added benefit of environmental friendliness.

The company’s motorized EcoGreen Window Shades offer EcoGreen fabrics that are free from PVC and that also contain no volatile organic compounds, according to the Phoenix-based company.

While Blinds Chalet has offered cordless blinds and motorized blinds for years, the new line marks the first of an environmentally friendly line of blinds with motorized lifts. “Our goal is to combine safety, environmental responsibility and style in one blind,” said Chris Stanley of Blinds Chalet. “The EcoGreen line delivers on all three of these.”

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Around the Web: Rylee’s Ace expands

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Rylee’s Ace Hardware of Grand Rapids, Mich., will triple its footprint when it reopens March 22 in a new location.

According to an article in the Grand Rapids Press, service will be emphasized, partially through a 23-ft.-long moon-shaped service desk, which will greet customers upon entry.

The store was opened in Grand Rapids in 1946.

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