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HOUSTON — Hurd Millwork Co., a wood window stalwart founded in 1919, introduced it first vinyl window at the Builders' Show in Houston.

The Medford, Wis., company sells the vinyl Monument Windows through authorized Hurd dealers around the country. Tim Thompson, Monument product manager, said Hurd set up a fabrication operation in Medford in the first quarter of 1996.

Vinyl profile extruder Mikron Industries Inc. of Kent, Wash., supplies the profiles to Hurd, Thompson said in an interview at the Hurd booth during the show.

Hurd decided to offer vinyl windows because many of its distributors requested it, according to Thompson.

``We had a lot of people that needed that product offering,'' he said.

Monument windows, like Hurd's wood windows, offer highly energy-efficient glazing, including the Heat Mirror TC-88 and SC-75 windows using film from Southwall Technology.

Initially, Hurd offers vinyl windows in casement and awning windows, single-hung windows, a horizontal sliding window and a sliding patio door

Hurd employs more than 1,000. It distributes wood, aluminum-clad wood and vinyl windows in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Far East.

The company has more than 800,000 square feet of manufacturing space in Medford and Merrill, Wis.

According to company literature, Hurd brothers Will and Harry founded the company to make cheese boxes. Within a few years, they began making windows.

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