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October 2013: Tahoe 3200 Released Next Month

The Snapshot software will be updated in December to include the Series 3200 so quoting can commence. Production lead-times will be long until all tooling has been received and the department is fully trained. The first production items should not be expected to ship until March 2014. Update - February 12, 2014: The Series 3200 will be available for pricing today. Authorized dealers will get the software update March 3, 2014. Orders will be accepted after April 31, 2014....

August 2013: NEW Slim Line Hinged Door

Last year we announced that the Series 3200 hinged door would be released sometime in 2013. We are only a few months away but wanted to provide some cross-section details for early review. The factory is expecting to begin taking orders in November....

July 2013: NEW Thermal Lock-Stile

Designs have been completed on a new style that will accommodate the upcoming Archetype Narrow hardware (Fall 13'). This new style will be a thin line option for the Series 3300 and Series 3070-T doors....

June 2013: Improved Hinged Screen

Since the middle of 2012, we have offered a hinged screen solution for cam handle casement windows. Prior to our hinged screen customers used a wicket style (see image), which was crude and unsightly. Within the next few months, we are releasing a whole new hinge and screen design....

May 2013: Threshold Protection

We are now offering brake aluminum shapes for job site threshold protection. The shapes will be made to fit the door track configuration and can easily be installed. We considered tightly fitting plastic protection but discovered it does not help keep construction debris out of the sill. The method we chose is simple but effective....

April 2013: Narrow Style Hardware Design

Our entry-level sliding door products (Series' 1070, 1050, 1000) come with hardware available from the "industry", which is primarily overseas production. The quality of this hardware falls short of our customer's expectations. We have made a commitment to design our own hardware, which will aptly be called "Archetype Narrow". It will come standard on all entry-level sliding doors silver painted but will also be offered on the premium product lines (Series' 3070, 3050, 3300, 3000) with a narrow lock stile and in #316 alloy stainless steel. The designs were completed weeks ago and we anticipate the arrival by September....

March 2013: High Performance Interlocker 3070-T / 3300

Our October 2012 spotlight concerned three products in development. Two of those items (thermally broken interlockers) has just been completed and are now available for quoting and purchase. The standard interlocker is similar to the current shape but with struts instead of poured in place thermal material. The High-Performance interlocker is a new design and will allow the Series 3300 and Series 3070-T to be made with greater height and wind performance....

February 2013: Casement Limit Device

Now shown in the Hinges section of our hardware page is a casement opening limit device. It is designed for butt hinge Series 250-T and Series 2000 windows installed in windy areas. This optional "sash limiter" prevents the casement from opening further than 45 degrees (approximately). Though an option, we default to this device on larger casement windows....