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Quanex Integrated Systems Approach Streamlines Fenestration Manufacturing

Precertified Systems Increase Fabricators' Speed to Market

HOUSTON, Sep 14, 2010 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) --

Quanex Building Products Corporation (NYSE:NX) is helping window and door fabricators streamline their manufacturing operations and increase their speed to market with precertified fenestration systems. The company is taking an integrated systems approach to product development that bundles its high-performance components together into systems.

These systems merge components from Quanex's Engineered Products Group (EPG) family of businesses, which include Mikron Industries, Truseal Technologies and Homeshield Fenestration Components. Among Quanex's latest developments are two new integrated systems:

  --  ImperiClad(TM) Door System: This system combines Mikron's MikronWood(TM)
      composite jambs and trim with Homeshield's patented door threshold to
      provide a water-, rot- and termite-proof door system that is also easier
      to install than other door systems.
  --  EnergyCore(TM) Window System: This system combines Mikron's innovative
      AirCell(TM) vinyl profiles with Truseal's energy-efficient insulating
      glass spacer system, Duralite(R). The combination generates the most
      energy-efficient vinyl window system on the market.

"Quanex Building Products has the unique opportunity to consolidate technology development for our customers and provide them with systems that support their own internal engineering efforts with less developmental cost. This is especially beneficial for our regional customers, which welcome our marketing prowess, as well as our engineering, design and development capabilities, to better leverage their resources," said August (Gus) J. Coppola, senior vice president and champion of Project Nexus.

Precertified window and door systems provide manufacturers with the following benefits:

  --  Increased speed to market: Fully functioning systems and tested
      technologies enable manufacturers to rapidly release new products to the
  --  Fully integrated system designs: Quanex's innovative technologies are
      tested and modeled to ensure high performance, which may reduce or
      eliminate the need for manufacturers to undergo testing.
  --  Pre-certified systems: Pre-certification guarantees that the end product
      will pass certification testing for manufacturers that follow
      recommended processes.
  --  Meeting today's energy-efficiency demands, while anticipating future
      ones: Quanex systems improve the energy efficiency of end products,
      helping manufacturers meet or exceed end market requirements.
  --  Streamlined sourcing: Quanex's EPG companies become a one-stop shop for
      customers, enabling them to reduce multiple deliveries from multiple
  --  Reliable source of supply: Quanex's proven financial strength and
      stability as a leading industry supplier to the window and door market
      ensures a reliable supply channel for customers.

The integrated systems approach aligns with Quanex's Project Nexus initiative, which synchronizes the efforts of the sales, marketing and engineering teams from the company's three EPG businesses. Under Project Nexus, Quanex's newly formed Innovation Board -- which includes leading technologists from each business -- is charged with investigating and developing similarly new systems like ImperiClad(TM) and EnergyCore(TM).

Corporate Profile

Quanex Building Products Corporation is an industry-leading manufacturer of engineered materials, components and systems serving the U.S. residential window and door markets. It is an ROIC-driven company that grows shareholder returns through a combination of organic growth via new products, new programs like Project Nexus and strategic acquisitions.

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SOURCE: Quanex Building Products Corporation

CONTACT:  Quanex Building Products Corporation
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Jeff Galow
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