Atrium Companies, Inc. Acquires Leading Canadian Window Company

    North Star Vinyl Windows and Doors provides Atrium North American market

    DALLAS, March 12 /CNW/ - Atrium Companies, Inc., today announced the
acquisition of Canadian window company North Star Vinyl Windows and Doors. The
addition of the Ontario-based company gives Atrium and its family of brands a
significant presence in the Canadian window and door market.

    Headquartered in St. Thomas, Ontario, North Star Vinyl Windows and Doors
operates a 223,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility
producing a complete line of energy-efficient vinyl windows and patio doors.
Seventy percent of the company's product goes to the replacement/remodeling
market, with 30 percent going to new construction projects. North Star sells
90 percent of its volume to dealers in Canada, with 10 percent of its product
going to dealers in the United States.

    "We started building this company in 1985, and it has grown remarkably in
that time," explains North Star President Jim Banman. "Joining forces with
Atrium allows us the opportunity to take North Star to the next level. It's
the right move at the right time for both sides."

    Echoing Banman's enthusiasm, Atrium President and CEO Greg Faherty adds,
"This is a significantly important deal for both companies. North Star makes
high quality products that are a perfect fit within the Atrium family of
brands, and Atrium will benefit from North Star's highly refined production
system for producing replacement and new construction windows. These are
products that offer many of the upscale product features that our customers
love, and we're proud that they'll now be more widely available. North Star
will benefit from Atrium's size, which will provide purchasing synergies, as
well as to our broad product lines."

    In addition to manufacturing windows and doors, North Star's business is
vertically integrated and it owns and operates its own vinyl extrusion lines,
known as North Star Profile Extrusions. Adding to the bottom line, North
Star's extrusion capability also enables the company to produce window systems
for outside manufacturing customers.

    About Atrium Companies, Inc. -- For more than 50 years, Atrium Companies,
Inc. ( has offered the highest quality window and door products to
meet the demands of builders, contractors and distributors in the residential
construction industry. Dedicated to meeting the needs of its customers, the
Atrium family of brands provides a versatile range of window and patio door
products, including vinyl and aluminum models, as well as replacement and new
construction product lines. A variety of window styles is also available
through the Atrium family including single- and double-hung, horizontal
slider, casement, tilt-and-turn and architectural shapes. Specialty products
range from hurricane impact solutions with Atrium's Safe Harbor(R)
impact-resistant windows, patio doors and hurricane window shutters, to
innovative soundproofing Silent Guard(TM) Sound Suppression Windows. The
company's portfolio of brands includes its flagship Atrium Windows and Doors
brand, Superior Windows, Thermal Industries, Danvid Door and Window, HR
Windows, Champion Window, Darby Door and North Star Vinyl Windows and Doors.

For further information:

For further information: Atrium Companies, Inc. Mark Gallant, Vice
President of Marketing, 214-630-5757

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