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Serious Materials Buys Another Window Company—Are Government Grants in the Future?

Michael Kanellos: January 16, 2009, 11:26 AM
Serious Materials, the people who brought you ecologically friendly and sound-dampening drywall, have purchased Republic Windows and Doors. The Chicago-area Republic had recently declared bankruptcy and let its workers go with only a short notice, prompting a sit-in of about 200 workers. Serious got into the window business last year when it bought Alpen Window. The Thermaproof windows devised by Alpen (and now by Serious) insulate far better than standard windows and a lot of walls for that matter. The windows alone can cut home heating bills by 15 percent to 40 percent, Serious CEO Kevin Surace has said. (If you want to hear from Surace directly, go to the company's Website....

Wind Power Joins Solar in Layoff Trend

Jeff St. John: January 16, 2009, 9:05 AM
First it was solar power companies laying off employees, and now wind power manufacturers are following suit. You can blame the economic downturn and credit crunch. Earlier this month, Fargo, N.D.-based wind tower maker DMI Industries announced it would cut about 20 percent of its workforce at its North Dakota, Oklahoma and Ontario factories. The company said it now expects 2009 demand to be 25 percent to 35 percent lower than in 2008 — a sharp turnaround from expectations of an even better 2009 that led it to announce a big expansion in June. Danish windmill blade maker LM Glasfiber is also feeling the crunch. Earlier this month it said it would cut 150 jobs at its Little...