• Robert Bosch Power Tool Corp. and Simpson Strong-Tie formed a strategic alliance that will allow the companies to jointly pursue sales, marketing and product development opportunities in the concrete construction market.
  • Timberlake Cabinetry launched a company page on Facebook.
  • Jeld-Wen, in conjunction with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, recalled Reliabilt Interior Bifold Doors because of a problem involving a pivot pin that cause the doors to disengage from the overhead track. 
  • Ainsworth announced that its board of directors approved  a comprehensive refinancing plan that is expected to reduce total debt by 30% by issuing $175 million in common shares and debt financing of $350 million.
  • Metabo hired Jere Geib Jr. as its new marketing manager.
  • Weatherization products maker Pecora Corp. acquired  Carlisle Coatingsand Waterproofing’s deck coating product line.
  • Hyde Tools named Patrick Spinelli as plant manager
  • Wellborn Cabinet named Adam Kinne as the general manager of the company’s Cabinetry by Karman brand.
  • Andersen Corp., the maker of Andersen windows and doors, announced today that company president and CEO Jay Lund was named chairman of the board. He will succeed Jim Humphrey, who will retire from the board next February.
  • An ASTM-certified plastic-mineral composite made by Rochester, Minn., start-up Envirolastech functions as a load-bearing structural product and could be on the market as early as the first half of 2013.
  • Illinois Tool Works promoted vice chairman E. Scott Santi to president and chief operating officer. Santi will also serve as acting CEO, effective immediately, following the decision by current chairman and CEO David Speer to take a health-related leave of absence.
  • Firestone Building Products announced that its research and development hub, the Global Technical Center in Fishers, Ind., is now fully staffed and its advanced analytics testing under way.
  • Global private equity leader Bain Capital agreed to buy Apex Tool Group for $1.6 billion. Story
  • Grady Mulbery was promoted to vice president of manufacturing at Roseburg Forest Products, Dillard, Ore.
  • Andersen appointed Paul Valle as the president ofSilver Line Business Products, its New Jersey-based vinyl window and patio doors division.
  • CertainTeed is using a $50,000 grant from its parent company Saint-Gobain to help the Fresno (Calif.) Rescue Mission convert a vacant hotel into a community center for women and children. The company also donated materials to the project.
  • Firestone Building Products completed a $36 million expansion project at its Prescott, Ark., EPDM manufacturing plant. The company also launched a new website, combining information on its roofing, metal, sustainable, and specialty products.
  • PureColor Inc., which manufactures high-performance wood finishes, opened a new corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility in Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Carlisle SynTec Systems, which manufactures single-ply roofing systems, developed an iPhone and iPad app that includes company news, full color installation details, and product and installation information.
  • Boral promoted Jason Quenzer to regional sales manager for the company's TruExterior Trim product line in the Northeast United States. Quenzer was formerly territory sales manager with Boral in New England and the mid-Atlantic.