Facing competition on windows from another trade association, the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. has closed its Vinyl Window & Door Institute. SPI spokesman Jack LaCovey confirmed last week that SPI recently closed the VWD. The SPI window association canceled its March spring meeting.
``The bottom line is they felt that the needs could be served by AAMA,'' said LaCovey, referring to the American Architectural Manu-facturers Association.
The SPI had moved VWD from New York to its Washington headquarters in January 1995, and named Jery Huntley executive director.
Huntley remains executive director of the Vinyl Siding Insti-tute, which LaCovey described as ``robust and growing.''
AAMA, based in Palatine, Ill., a few weeks ago created a Vinyl Material Council with 15 vinyl window extruders and eight ma-terials supplier members.
Window extruders said the AAMA's dues are much lower than those of the SPI.
Officials at several companies said SPI does a good job on environmental issues surrounding vinyl, such as the debate with Greenpeace and other groups over chlorine, but they believe their materials suppliers are handling that.
``We wish they would have stayed, but we respect their decision [to leave SPI],'' LaCovey said.
AAMA was not the only group to pressure VWD. The National Fenestration Rating Council of Silver Spring, Md., was formed to create energy performance standards for windows.
AAMA represents manufacturers of exterior building products, especially siding, skylights and windows. AAMA first announced its move to create a separate council for plastic windows in November.
At AAMA, the Vinyl Material Council is one of three window councils. The others represent wood and aluminum. AAMA announced Ray Garries, technical sales director of Dayton Technologies of Monroe, Ohio, is first vice president. Second vice president is Nick Cangialosi, president of Vinyl Building Products Inc. of Oakland, N.J.
The group will offer broad service, covering technical, regulatory, legislative, marketing and certification issues.
AAMA announced 15 charter members: Acro Extrusion Corp. of Wilmington, Del.; CertainTeed Corp. of Valley Forge, Pa.; Chelsea Building Products of Oakmont, Pa.; Dayton Technologies; Insulate Industries Inc. of Kent, Wash.; King Extrusions of Woodinville, Wash.; L.B. Plastics Inc. of Mooresville, N.C.; Metal Industries of Elizabethville, Pa.; Mikron Industries Inc. of Kent, Wash.; Milgard Vinyl Extrusion of Tacoma, Wash.; Plastmo Ltd. of Brampton, Ontario; Rehau Inc. of Leesburg, Va.; Spectus Systems Midwest of Winnebago, Ill.; Veka Inc. of Fombell, Pa.; and Vinyl Building Products.
Eight other companies are supplier members.