Kensington HPP Product Updates – 3/8/2017

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Dealer Spotlight – Ferguson’s Door & Window Superstore

Ferguson Industries – The Original Door and Window Superstore of Orland Park

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Ferguson Industries is celebrating over 40 years in business with the same ownership, offering a wide selection of custom door and window products for residential and commercial buildings throughout the greater Chicagoland area. Gary Fergusons relationship with Kensington HPP is recognized as one of our original customers.

Ferguson has been a dealer of the Kensington family of companies (The exclusive vinyl window fabricator of Heat MirrorTMsuspended film technology in the United States SINCE 1984). Ferguson’s lengthy experience in the window industry has allowed them to guide and EDUCATE customers in the correct direction when they are selecting window and door systems, including the selection of the installation method that will be the most cost effective and maintenance free for the long term.

Installation is done by qualified professionals with an average of 15 years of installation experience and is backed by an exceptional warranty.

Kensington HPP congratulates Gary and his entire staff on 40 years and many more!

For more information about Gary and his team please visit his website at

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Armstrong County Employer of the Year – Kensington HPP, Inc.

Tri-County Workforce Investment Board, Inc. 2016 Employer of the Year Awards

Tri-County Workforce Investment Board, Inc.
2016 Employer of the Year Awards

The Tri-County Workforce Investment Board, Inc. is giving an Employer of the Year Award in Armstrong, Butler, and Indiana Counties for employers who have significantly contributed to the workforce development system within the region. This award highlights the collaboration of business and workforce development in the three counties. All three companies have significantly contributed to building a skilled workforce.

Armstrong County Employer of the Year – Kensington HPP, Inc.

Kensington HPP, Inc. is a vinyl replacement window manufacturer specializing in high performance residential windows. Kensington HPP, Inc. prides itself as being the only vinyl window manufacturer of Heat Mirror glass technology in North America. Kensington HPP, Inc. currently is lucky enough to employ 75 hardworking local employees. The Kensington name has been a pillar of the Armstrong County business and manufacturing community for over 40 years. Kensington High Performance Products, Inc. distributes windows to 30 states through wholesale distribution and direct dealerships. Kensington HPP, Inc. is a market leader in high performance vinyl windows industry and is recognized as such by having its products listed in the Energy Star Most Efficient Program, with a full suite of residential vinyl window products.

Kensington Windows was founded in 1971 as an aluminum window manufacturer and converted to vinyl windows in 1977. In 2009, Serious Energy purchased the assets associated with Kensington Windows out of bankruptcy. In 2013, Mr. Chuck Wetmore and Mr. John Barker, both long term employees of Kensington Windows, purchased the business from Serious Energy. Under their ownership, operations were streamlined which led to an increase in sales and the creation of new jobs.

Kensington HPP, Inc. has served on the Tri-County Workforce Investment Board since 2009 and has dedicated significant amounts of time toward improving and streamlining workforce development programs for
not only the company, but for other businesses located in Armstrong, Butler and Indiana counties. Kensington HPP, Inc. has been a strong supporter of the Armstrong County Manufacturing Consortium and is always willing to step up to work with training needs, scoring training proposals, and providing support to the consortium. In addition, Kensington HPP, Inc. supports youth pipeline development and the Tri-County Business-Education Partnership by the company’s encouragement to local high school students to visit and tour businesses representing a variety of industries, including IT, healthcare and manufacturing. In addition, Kensington HPP, Inc. supports the PA CareerLink® JobGateway® system and is a registered user. Finally, Kensington HPP, Inc.’s always willing to jump into a project when needed such as working with the manufacturing pre-apprenticeship program. Kensington HPP’s commitment to the local workforce system, the manufacturing consortium, and youth pipeline development is commendable. Kensington HPP’s leadership and volunteerism have been and will continue to be instrumental to the economic and workforce development initiatives in Armstrong County as well as the Tri-County area.

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Kensington HPP’s Quantum Window is recognized by Window and Door Magazine

Kensington HPP’s Quantum Window is recognized by Window and Door Magazine in their October/November 2016 Product Showcase for Energy Efficient Options

The latest window and door options to serve the energy-aware buyer

kensington windows quantumThere is no doubt that consumer interest in energy efficiency has been on an upward trajectory in the last few decades. In fact, one recent report by Global Market Insights Inc. projects the market for energy-efficient windows in the U.S. looks to exceed $15 billion by 2024. Some of the credit, at least in part, has to go to Energy Star initiatives that started in the early 1990s to increase consumer awareness about the energy efficiency of everyday products.

But the fenestration industry has long been aware that movement toward more responsible construction goes far beyond Energy Star initiatives. Many manufacturers have, in turn, incorporated advanced energy technology into their windows and doors to speak to this ever-growing market of energy-conscious consumers.

What follows is the latest collection of such products, with special attention to the energy-efficient attributes of each to help dealers bring the right options to their customers.

Kensington HPP Inc.: Quantum

Kensington HPP’s full line of vinyl replacement windows includes double hung, picture window, sliders, casements and patio doors. The line comes in a range of colors and woodgrain laminates on two base extrusion colors. Multiple glass and grid options are available, and the line has many high-end options, according to the company.

Energy-Efficient Attributes: The Quantum product line is available with dual-pane glass and also with Eastman’s Heat Mirror film. The windows achieve U-values as low as .13 and offer a wide range of solar heat gain coefficient values from .13 to .5 coupled with U-values from .29 to .13.

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Dealer Spotlight – American Home

Friday, September 23rd 2016

American HomeAmerican Home in Knoxville, Tennessee celebrates their 20th Anniversary.

American Home celebrated 20 great years servicing eastern Tennessee, western North Carolina and parts of Virginia with quality home improvement projects.

Owners Mark and Crissy Sims invited all of their past customers and their entire staff to a celebration held at the office located in Knoxville. According Mark Sims “this is our way of saying thank you to everyone who has made this possible”.

The party was catered by Marks dad , Nathan Sims, with specially delivered fresh shrimp and other Cajun specialties from the gulf coast!

Kensington HPP is proud to be a part of this company’s great success and looks forward to another 20 years!



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Introducing – Online Warranty Registration

Kensington HPP Online Warranty Registration

No more paper, no more stamps, and you get instant confirmation of your registration warranty!

Simply go to:

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Fourth Surface Low-E Coatings – A Prescription for ‘Pane’ But Not Without Side Effects

by Jim Plavercsky
Door & Window Market Magazine

During my recent travels to Michigan with the Polar Vortex temperatures in full effect, it seemed as though every window company I was visiting was getting phone calls from angry and confused customers about condensation. It seemed like condensation complaints were on everybody’s mind. “Yes we like when the phone rings, especially this time of the year when sales are slow, but not to hear about condensation complaints! We want to be out selling more windows but it seems like we are driving around visiting angry and frustrated customers to investigate condensation complaints,” said one frustrated window dealer.

With outside temperatures hitting record lows and inside temperatures remaining toasty, the driving force for heat to escape across a window boundary is very high, and “heat goes from where it is hot to where it is not.”

As heat migrates from the inside of the window to the outside, the inside pane of glass becomes cooler than room temperature. Now take this situation and add in a fourth-surface low-E coating. Many window manufacturers are using this technology to achieve very low U-value ratings which they can post on their NFRC labels and consequently compete in a thermal performance league usually reserved for windows made with triple-pane insulating glass construction. As you know, the NFRC label is required to list the window U-value but Condensation Resistance (CR) ratings are optional.

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Dealer Spotlight – Visionaire Windows

Group Picture - Dealer of the MonthVisionaire Windows began with a desire to provide quality replacement windows at an affordable price, helping Georgia families find home energy solutions. With years of experience, Visionaire Windows brings top notch construction expertise to every job. At Visionaire Windows, they take the time to listen to their customer’s needs and to help connect them with the right products that meet their budget.

bbb-logo-INTEGRITYbest-of-2016-homeadvisor-badgeAccording to Tim Sockwell, founder of Visionaire, window replacement can be one of the more substantial investments that a homeowner can make on their home. Visionaire Windows is a licensed company in the state of Georgia with an A+ BBB rating and the recipient of Home Advisors “Best Of” award for 2014 & 2015.

Kensington HPP is proud to be a part of Visionaire Windows success and congratulate them on The August 2016, Dealer of the Month.

For more information about Visionare Windows, please visit their website.

Visionaire is located in Acworth GA.Visionaire Windows

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PPG Sells Assets of Flat Glass Business to Vitro for $750 Million

Posted by Trey Barrineau and Nick St. Denis
USGNN – The USGlass News Network

PPG, a Fortune 500 mainstay that was founded as a glass company 133 years ago, is selling the assets of its flat glass business to Mexican-based manufacturer Vitro, the companies announced Thursday. PPG will receive $750 million in gross cash proceeds.

PPG has flat glass manufacturing facilities in Carlisle, Pa., Fresno, Calif., and Wichita Falls, Texas. It also has a glass fabrication facility in Salem, Ore., and four insulating glass plants in Canada.

“This transaction represents the end of an historic era for PPG as a manufacturer of flat glass, and it is another major step in our portfolio transformation to focus on paints, coatings and specialty materials,” says Michael H. McGarry, PPG president and chief executive officer. “Upon completion of this transaction, the flat glass operations will become part of a company that is focused on growing its core glass business.”

The deal is expected to close by the end of 2016, subject to customary closing conditions.

Under the terms of the agreement, PPG will divest its entire flat glass manufacturing and glass coatings operations, including the production sites in the U.S., distribution/fabrication facilities across Canada and a research-and-development center located in Harmar, Pa. PPG’s flat glass business includes approximately 1,200 employees.

PPG has expanded its coatings business in recent years through acquisitions, and today that segment makes up 93 percent of its net sales, according to the company’s 2015 financial overview. It’s now the largest coatings company in the world by revenue, according to annual rankings from Coatings World magazine. Meanwhile, the company sold its Mount Zion, Ill., flat glass manufacturing facility in mid-2014 and sold its 40-percent share in Pittsburgh Glass Works to LKQ Corp. earlier this year. PPG’s glass segment reported $1.09 billion in net sales in 2015.

Vitro, the largest glass manufacturer in Mexico, reported $882 million in sales last year.

“This investment will strengthen our glass business for construction and enable us to take part in the U.S. and Canadian markets, as well as the high-tech solar control coatings sector, where we don’t have a major presence,” Vitro CEO Adrian Sada Cueva said in the statement.

What’s the Impact?

One analyst says the deal could be a net positive for the glass industry in the long run.

“Any time there is an acquisition, large or small, a certain amount of uncertainty and risk is created,” says Mike Collins, an investment banker and partner with Building Industry Advisors. “In the majority of cases, most of the concerns that stakeholders have are baseless and go away over a relatively short period of time. An asset that is critical for our industry is being passed from an owner that is focused on other segments to an owner that is focused on the glass segment. Vitro’s willingness to invest in additional manufacturing capacity in the future will doubtless be higher in an environment where they not only have the historical PPG business as a starting platform, but also do not have to make plans for how PPG will react, as a competitor, to their expansion. Everyone needs more glass delivered sooner than they can get it right now, so as long as Vitro runs the PPG operations in a business-as-usual manner, current PPG customers will benefit from this deal.”

Chuck Wetmore, the CEO of Kensington HPP Inc., a manufacturer of vinyl replacement windows in Vandergrift, Pa., agrees.

“PPG has always been a great supplier partner for us and I believe that the sale to Vitro will allow the glass division to have a greater focus on glass technologies than under PPG, whose focus has clearly been on paint and industrial coatings,” he said. “This should be good for all parties involved.”

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Value Can Overcome Challenging Market Dynamics

by Jim Plavecsky
DWM (Door & Window Market Magazine)
March 29th, 2016

Window market dynamics are changing – at least for the time being. Window manufacturers have spent tons of money conforming to increasingly stringent Energy Star standards. But now we find a unique situation in the market.

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