Hurd Windows and Doors realigns operations
Superseal Windows and Doors has converted its South Plainfield, N.J., manufacturing facility to a distribution and service center. The move is part of the company’s plan, which began in early 2011, to centralize its manufacturing capability in its facility in Merrill, Wis., near Superseal’s parent company, Hurd Windows and Doors.
“While New Jersey will continue to be home to Superseal’s distribution and warranty parts center, as well as our customer and field service operations, we felt it was critical to centrally locate the manufacturing plant as we take the Superseal brand to a national and international level,” said Hurd president and CEO Dominic Truniger.
Truniger also noted that Hurd is making significant investments in Superseal, including upgrading products and options, and expanding the technological sophistication of its state-of-the-art e-Bid ordering process.
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Increase in container imports tied to housing recovery
A 5% rise in containerized import volume last November can be credited to the turnaround in home sales, according to a report in the Journal of Commerce/PIERS. The year-over-year increase to 1.48 million 20-foot equivalent units included a 7% gain in shipments of furniture, a top import commodity.
Pending home sales continued to gain in November and reached the highest level in 19 months, according to the National Association of Realtors.
"A healthy housing market is key to the revival of U.S. containerized imports growth, as many of the goods consumers purchase to furnish a home are imported," said Mario Moreno, economist for The Journal of Commerce/PIERS. He pointed to additional expansion in November of imported cooking and heat appliances, lamps and parts, and kitchenware. Growth in these other commodities contributed to the increase in imports from China — up 4.1% in November 2011 in year-over-year comparisons — the country’s first rise in eight months.
"The question is, ‘Are we seeing a self-sustained recovery in home sales?’ " Moreno said. "This will depend very much on how many jobs the economy can generate every month. Over the last 12 months through November, the economy generated an average of 132,000 jobs per month. We are not there yet, but getting closer."
With all these home sales, it
With all these home sales, it can be safe to assume that related industries will also see a slight rise in their business at least, such as the furniture industry. So hopefully this is a sustainable phenomenon that will not just come and go. Alex - cavalok cavity closers
With all these home sales, it
With all these home sales, it can be safe to assume that related industries will also see a slight rise in their business at least. So hopefully this is a sustainable phenomenon that will not just come and go.
GAF’s Royal Sovereign Shingles turn 50
GAF’s Royal Sovereign Shingles are celebrating a 50th anniversary.
First introduced as “Sovereign” in December of 1961, the shingle that has now evolved into GAF’s popular Royal Sovereign is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Initially launched as an organic shingle, Sovereign became one of the first glass mat shingles in 1972, and is one of the longest-running asphalt shingle brands on the market, according to the Wayne, N.J.-based GAF.
GAF, North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, has sold enough squares of Sovereign and Royal Sovereign Shingles over the past 50 years to circle the earth more than 200 times, the company said.