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ColorCoat Forms Partnership with Axolotl

May 16, 2024

In operation for 30 years, Australian company Axolotl has developed a unique application technique for applying 100% recycled metal, concrete and terra cotta on a variety of substrates, including wood, compact laminate, and aluminum, to name a few. The company, which has won numerous awards for its work, chose ColorCoat as its North American partner. […] Read more

Have a Yen for Yellow, Magenta or Turquoise Windows? ColorCoat Can Meet It

May 16, 2024

It used to be custom color vinyl windows were difficult – and expensive – to come by. You could have any color you wanted, as long as it was white, tan, or black. “The cost justification doesn’t make sense,” says David Whisenhunt, President of ColorCoat, a company based in West Sacramento, CA. “Creating a limited […] Read more

The Story Behind the Frank Lowe Name

April 10, 2024

One question ISC reps are often asked: “Where did the Frank Lowe name originate? Did a Frank Lowe really exist?” Yes, yes he did! Frank Lowe founded the Frank Lowe Rubber & Gasket Company in 1955 and ran it as one-man operation until he sold it to Ira Warren in 1975. According to Warren, he […] Read more

Frank Lowe Delivers More than a Sale: They Deliver a Partnership

April 10, 2024

A premier supplier of products used for window, door, and glass fabrication, Frank Lowe is also known for going above and beyond helping customers. In fact, they’ll help a customer with just about any aspect of their business, whether it’s making a process more efficient or someone’s job easier. “We go beyond the sale,” says […] Read more

Predictions: Housing Starts Expected to Remain Robust in 2024

February 6, 2024

With interest rates currently down from a high of 8% in 2023, and the real estate market still experiencing a shortage of existing homes inventory, new home construction accounted for nearly one-third of housing inventory in 2023, up from an average of 10%. New construction captured about 15% of all single-family detached homes, the highest […] Read more

Mitigating Risk and Managing Expectations: Merchants Fasteners Expects the Unexpected

February 6, 2024

With over 13,000 SKUs and growing, Merchants Fasteners Corp. supplies the vast majority of the domestic fenestration industry. Any hiccup in the supply chain can have disastrous results – to Merchants and its customers. Planning for the unexpected isn’t new a new concept for Merchants, a third-generation, family-owned and operated business founded in 1946. Years […] Read more

Window & Door Fabricators Can Help Buyers Navigate Building Code Hodge-Podge

December 13, 2023

Hunters Point in Cortez, Florida, is one of a growing number of developments “that combine the energy efficiency of green building design with the resilience of hurricane-resistant construction.” (Greener – and Tougher – Homes Gain Favor, WSJ, Dec. 4, 2023) The developers have billed Hunters Point as the first net-zero single-family home development in the […] Read more

Customers Asked, Bohle Delivered: Biodegradable, Allergen-Free Glass Cutting Fluid

December 13, 2023

For years, the industry standard in glass cutting fluids was ACECUT, a premium product used by window fabricators to influence the fissure during the scoring process and lubricate the high-speed cutting wheel on CNC cutting machines. “ACECUT is a good product, which we offered,” says Dana Barberet, Director of Automatic Glass Cutting and Chemicals for […] Read more

Brandon Lawrence: “We became masters at manufacturing window locks”

October 3, 2023

In his book, The Pumpkin Plan, Mike Michalowicz describes the seven-step process for creating one of those huge pumpkins you see at the state fair: Plant promising seeds Water, water, water Remove diseased or damaged pumpkins Weed like a mad dog Identify the stronger, faster-growing pumpkins; remove the others Focus all your attention on the […] Read more

H.B. Fuller Continues to Disrupt the Window Sealant Market – In a Good Way!

October 3, 2023

Buildings consume 41% of U.S. energy and new technologies are necessary to improve window efficiencies. In the U.S. insulating glass industry, H.B. Fuller’s Ködispace 4SG is having a big impact in meeting tough new goals. “We sell in over 40 countries,” says Paul McHale, Director, Americas Glass for H.B. Fuller, “and Ködispace 4SG leads the […] Read more

AmesburyTruth Finds Diamond in the Rough with Composite Window Hardware Manufacturer

August 29, 2023

Fast, innovative, low-cost tooling. Excellent customer-focused business practices. Good product fit. Wonderful team. For these reasons and more, AmesburyTruth purchased composite window lock maker Lawrence Industries in July 2023. However, this isn’t your standard story of big company purchases little company – and then little company gets swallowed into the whole. Instead, it’s about how […] Read more

A Look at The Global Shipping Container Shortage

August 4, 2021

In the past year, there has been a global shipping container shortage. This has caused rates to skyrocket, and an increase in supply chain issues.

The Exchange

August 4, 2021

ISC’s service The Exchange is the industry’s premier platform for managing excess inventory. This service reaches the largest online audience of fabricators and suppliers in the door, window, and glass industries. See how you can list or buy inventory through our site.

How Construction Costs Continue Rising Through 2021

August 4, 2021

At the start of 2021, costs of construction and projects were on the rise. Today, prices are still rising or maintaining high amounts.

A Year Like No Other

August 4, 2021

FlexiForce is the North American leader in producing high quality, primed galvanized steel reinforcements for the fenestration industry. Hear how it has weathered the past year, including increasing raw material inventory, and increasing machine capacity. Plus, their plans for the future.

Predicting Door & Window Growth

April 26, 2021

In the next three years, global demand for doors and windows is expected to increase 4.5% every year, reaching $261 billion in 2023.

2021 Lumber and Steel Industry

April 26, 2021

Since the end of 2020, steel and lumber prices in the US have increased 20-25% across the industry. This is after several price surges throughout 2020, as access to raw goods and transportation decreased due to the pandemic.

ISC’s and EVO’s Newest Employees

April 15, 2021

Meet Amanda Bagala and Andrew Kerekes, ISC and EVO’s newest employees. Amanda works in our marketing department, and Andrew on our sales team.

AmesburyTruth™ Launches Pinnacle ™

March 30, 2021

AmesburyTruth is excited to introduce Pinnacle™, our new inverted block & tackle balance! This cutting-edge technology features a patented pawl.