The vinyl siding market continues to consolidate.
Elk Grove Village, Ill.-based Rollex Corp. has exited the market, offloading its vinyl siding capacity to Jancor Cos. Inc. of Perrysburg, Ohio - the parent company of vinyl siding extruders Heartland Building Products Inc. in Booneville, Miss., and Infinite Building Products Inc. in Olive Branch, Miss.
Rollex now will focus exclusively on making aluminum and steel products, according to a letter company officials sent to Rollex distributors.
``With the decline in demand for vinyl siding across the country in the past several years, it became obvious that the industry needed to consolidate overhead,'' the letter said. ``We sought a solution that would give our vinyl customers a continuous supply of exactly the same product they had been supplying to their marketplace. [Infinite] will produce Rollex vinyl products with the same dies and equipment with which we have been operating. Same colors, same boxes.''
For the immediate future, Infinite will continue to sell and distribute siding to Rollex customers under that name. Long term, the brand name is uncertain, but Jancor officials are not opposed to keeping it for the long haul, said Stephen Tybor III, Jancor senior vice president of sales.
Rollex officials did not return phone calls seeking comment.
The vinyl siding industry has undergone significant changes and appears on the path for more. Kaycan Ltd. of Montreal bought Nashville, Tenn.-based Louisiana-Pacific Corp.'s vinyl siding business in 2005. Ply Gem Industries Inc. of Kearney, Mo., bought Pittsburgh-based Alcoa Home Exteriors last year. Owens Corning of Toledo, Ohio, has announced it will seek strategic alternatives for its vinyl siding business.
Tybor said Jancor officials remain optimistic there is money to be made in vinyl siding sales.
``We're very confident that there is a market for a company like ours that is willing to think outside the box, willing to explore ways that we can produce, manufacture and ship products that we believe are not your normal vinyl siding products,'' he said. ``There are still many, many people in America desiring maintenance-free cladding.''