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New Vinyl Building Council leader out to build on grassroots efforts


January 20, 2015 12:54 pm ET

As the new executive director of the Vinyl Building Council, Kevin Koonce will oversee advocacy for the most-used plastic in building and construction on national issues that range from green rating systems to port dredging to rail freight costs.

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Plastics help create net-zero energy home


January 20, 2015 3:31 pm ET

The New American Home — a working lab of best construction practices since 1984 — has reached its greenest goal yet with plastic pushing the envelope to achieve net-zero energy.

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Mohawk buying IVC Group for $1.2 billion to grow in luxury vinyl tile


January 14, 2015 5:29 pm ET

Mohawk Industries Inc., which bills itself as the world's largest flooring company, is acquiring IVC Group — a rapidly growing manufacturer of luxury vinyl tile (LVT) in Europe — in a $1.2 billion deal that the two companies have talked...

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Fiberglass door maker investing $20 million in Indiana


January 14, 2015 12:45 pm ET

Therma-Tru Doors will invest $20 million in new equipment at its Butler, Ind., facility over the next three years to increase production capabilities of its fiberglass products for single and multi-family housing.

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Engineered Profiles investing $3.7 million for new equipment, staff


December 24, 2014 10:28 am ET

Columbus, Ohio's Engineered Profiles LLC has announced it will spend $3.7 million over the next three years to upgrade its machinery and hire new staff.

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Duro-Last's large new extruder brings more under its own roof


December 22, 2014 3:24 pm ET

Roofing systems maker Duro-Last Inc. says it installed a one-of-a-kind extruder at its facility in Buena Vista Township, Mich., that is 5-stories tall at one point and uses a unique process to laminate PVC membranes that protect buildings from leaks,...

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Difficult launch still holds promise of brighter sales future


December 5, 2014 12:46 pm ET

The Alside division of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio-based Associated Materials LLC, has been making vinyl windows since 1980 but this year's launch of two new product lines has been wrought with challenges for the company with 35 years of experience.

STI expansion focuses on roof membranes


December 5, 2014 12:03 pm ET

STI Polymer Inc. is in the process of expanding its facility in Sanford, N.C., and has developed a new roof adhesive for rubber and thermoplastic polyolefin membrane bonding.

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German tooling and glass encapsulation firm sets up Michigan plant


December 2, 2014 12:20 pm ET

A German glass encapsulation technology firm has established an operation in Oxford, Mich.

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Finland's VTT looking to develop affordable bioplastic alternative to EPS


December 2, 2014 9:51 am ET

VTT Technical Research Centre in Finland is developing an affordable and environmentally friendly alternative for polystyrene from the bioplastic polylactic acid and looking for partners in the project.

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