Ply Gem Holdings, Inc.

Ply Gem Holdings, Inc.

Ply Gem Holdings, Inc.

Date Founded



5020 Weston Parkway, Suite 400, Cary, NC, 27513, USA

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Building Products & Construction Materials
Lumber & Forest Products
Holding Companies
Metal Manufacturing & Products

Company Description

Ply Gem Holdings, Inc. manufactures exterior building products in North America. It operates through the Siding, Fencing, and Stone, and Windows and Doors segments. The Siding, Fencing and Stone segment primarily offers vinyl siding and skirting, vinyl and aluminum soffit, aluminum trim coil, cellular PVC trims and mouldings, J-channels, wide crown moldings, window and door trims, F-channels, H-molds, fascia, undersill trims, outside/inside corner posts, rain removal systems, vinyl fence, vinyl and composite railing, and stone veneer products, as well as injection molded designer accents, such as shakes, shingles, scallops, shutters, vents, and mounts. The Windows and Doors segment provides vinyl, aluminum-clad vinyl, aluminum, wood, and clad-wood windows and patio doors, as well as steel, wood, and fiberglass entry doors under the Ply Gem Windows, Simonton Windows, Great Lakes Window, Mastic by Ply Gem, and Ply Gem Canada brand names. The company was founded on January 23, 2004 and is headquartered in Cary, NC.

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Chief Financial Officer, Secretary & Treasurer

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Senior Vice President & General Counsel

Innovation Officer

Senior Vice President, Human Resources

President, Siding, Fencing & Stone Group

President, US Window & Door Group

President & Chief Executive Officer

Director of Tax

Board of Directors

Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer at Ply Gem Industries, Inc.

Partner at Clayton Dubilier & Rice LLC

Partner at Clayton Dubilier & Rice LLC

Managing Director at Golden Gate Private Equity, Inc.

Principal at Clayton Dubilier & Rice LLC

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Brigade Capital Management (BCM) specializes in high-yield capital structure arbitrage. The firm employs a multi-strategy credit investment approach. Their strategies include leveraged capital structures, credit strategies, distressed investments, arbitrage/derivative strategies, energy strategies and aviation strategies.BCM manages portfolios that use a multi-strategy, long/short investment approach that focuses on investments throughout the capital structure of the US and international leveraged companies. The primary universe for includes any issuer with debt or debt-like obligations rated below investment grade by one or more of the major rating agencies or securities comparable to the high yield markets. The firm manages credit strategies that focus investments in the credit markets and in secured bank loans. In addition to first lien senior secured loans, portfolios may invest in unsecured loans, second lien loans, mezzanine securities, debtor-in-possession loans, secured bonds and unsecured bonds. BCM's distressed investments focus on distressed debt investing, capital structure arbitrage, leveraged and distressed equities, short position in imminent bankruptcies, post-reorganization equities, trade claims and merger arbitrage. The firm manages arbitrage/derivative strategies that employ a multi-strategy approach that includes one or more of the following: shorter maturity bonds versus credit default swaps (CDS), longer maturity bonds versus CDS, matched maturity bonds versus CDS and long-protection positions in single-name CDS.BCM manages portfolios that focus on structured credit instruments, primarily long and short positions in the US and European high yield and investment grade index tranches. These portfolios may also invest in US and European CLO equity and debt, as well as CMBS, single-name CDS contracts. BCM manages portfolios that focus on the long and short opportunity set within the energy sector. In addition to the bond, bank debt and equity prospects in the space, portfolios may also invest in rescue financing and second lien opportunities across the various subsectors. BCM's aviation strategies generally involve investments in aviation-linked securities and aircraft, including engines, parts and lease equity.

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Chicago Capital Management (CCM) employs an interdisciplinary investment approach that locates and exploits investment opportunities primarily within event strategies and arbitrage strategies. The firm''s investment approach integrates a disciplined, process-driven research program, with efficient trading execution and risk management, to optimize security selection and investment timing. They employ bottom-up capital allocation in order to concentrate investments where they find opportunity, and to dynamically reallocate capital as the opportunity set changes over time. CCM''s Arbitrage and Event Investing Strategy generally is market-neutral and invests around various catalysts during specified time periods. Investments may be made using all securities in an issuer’s capital structure, but primarily consist of publicly traded equities, to craft risk/reward distributions that provide the highest risk-adjusted returns over an anticipated range of security prices. Event driven trades are typically merger arbitrage situations but may include litigation arbitrage, contests for corporate control, and restructurings, including spin-offs, stub trades, exchange offers, bankruptcies and recapitalizations.

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Water Island Capital specializes in event-driven investing strategies, including strategies focused on merger arbitrage, equity special situations, and credit opportunities. These strategies are available to prospective institutional and retail clients through public mutual funds, institutional separate accounts and private funds. Water Island may use derivatives, such as options, as well as short selling or purchase of related securities and those of peer companies, to isolate the outcome of the investment in a particular “event” from the broader directional moves of the securities markets. The Arbitrage Funds currently offer four series: The Arbitrage Fund, The Arbitrage Event-Driven Fund, The Arbitrage Tactical Equity Fund and The Arbitrage Credit Opportunities Fund.

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Clayton Dubilier & Rice LLC purchases Ply Gem Holdings, Inc. from CI Capital Partners LLC

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Ply Gem Holdings, Inc., CI Capital Partners LLC purchase Canyon Stone, Inc.

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Ply Gem Industries, Inc., CI Capital Partners LLC purchase Fortune Brands Windows, Inc. from Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc.

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