The Designed Exterior by Ply Gem Selected for “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” Seven-Home Build in Joplin, Mo.

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Build to take place this week • In one of the largest projects in the show’s history, Ply Gem is working with “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” to help rebuild tornado stricken Joplin, constructing seven homes in seven days. • The Designed Exterior by Ply Gem, a complete, low maintenance exterior home solution, will be applied to each of the seven homes and will be personalized for each family. • Follow the build this week at and @PlyGemNews.

Seven homes will be built in seven days as ABC’s Emmy-award winning reality TV show, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” heads to Joplin, Missouri to help rebuild the tornado stricken town in one of the largest projects in the show’s history. Ply Gem, a leading manufacturer of exterior building products for the residential construction market, will supply complete exteriors for each of the seven homes through application of The Designed Exterior by Ply Gem. This build will mark the show’s 200th episode and will air in early 2012.

The Designed Exterior by Ply Gem is a complete exterior home solution with low maintenance products from one manufacturer, including windows, patio doors, manufactured stone and brick, siding, accents, accessories, fence and rail. The products are intended to work together to create various architecturally inspired home styles such as the seven for this build: Cabin, Beach, Eco, Chic, Modern, Craftsman and Bohemian.

The homes will be outfitted with energy efficient windows for indoor air comfort, low maintenance siding tested to withstand strong winds, and low maintenance stone or brick veneer.

“Each of these seven homes will have its own look and feel, but all seven designs were made possible by one manufacturer, Ply Gem,” said Diane Korman, Senior Producer, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” “Ply Gem not only provided product, but worked with us to design exteriors that are personalized to each family’s story. The Designed Exterior by Ply Gem is the perfect fit, allowing the individual character and hope of each of these families to shine through the neighborhood.”

The seven homes are for seven families who were affected by the tornado that tore through Joplin in May 2011, killing approximately 160 people and destroying nearly 8,000 homes. Some of the Joplin families lost friends, some lost children, and all lost their homes. Each of the seven homes that will be built this week was inspired by the personality of a specific family. One family in particular, the Howard family, was surprised with a live door-knock by “Good Morning America’s” Weather Anchor Sam Champion. The show will follow the build throughout the process.

“The construction of these homes is one step in rebuilding the lives of families who have suffered incomprehensible loss, but who are also looking toward a new future,” said John Stephenson, vice president, corporate marketing and communications, Ply Gem. “This build promises to be one of the most inspirational Designed Exterior by Ply Gem projects to date. We are grateful to have been able to provide a low maintenance, energy efficient exterior solution to help the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” team create worry-free dream homes for deserving families, while inspiring others to visualize what’s possible in personalized exterior design.”

“An essential part of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” is going beyond cookie-cutter construction to give the recipients a home that’s designed beyond what they ever could have imagined, and that also makes life easier for them,” said Paul Dimeo, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” designer. “I look forward to working with Ply Gem this week to see The Designed Exterior by Ply Gem come to life, and showing off these great exteriors to the homeowners!”

Follow the build this week at http://www.facebook/PlyGem or @PlyGemNews on Twitter. For more information on the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” Joplin build, visit

For this project, Ply Gem supplied virtually every product for the exterior of the homes including:

  •     Ply Gem Windows – windows and patio doors
  •     Great Lakes Window – ecoSmart windows & patio doors
  •     Mastic Home Exteriors by Ply Gem – siding, accents
  •     NAPCO by Ply Gem – siding, accents
  •     Variform by Ply Gem – siding, accents
  •     Cellwood by Ply Gem – siding, accents
  •     Durabuilt by Ply Gem – siding, accents
  •     Georgia-Pacific – siding, accents
  •     Richwood Exterior Finishings by Ply Gem – accessories
  •     Ply Gem Stone – stone and brick veneer
  •     Kroy by Ply Gem – fence and rail

About Ply Gem
Ply Gem, headquartered in Cary, N.C., is a leading manufacturer of residential exterior building products in North America. Ply Gem produces a comprehensive product line of vinyl siding, designer accents and skirting, vinyl fencing and vinyl and composite railing, stone veneer and vinyl windows and doors used in both new construction and home repair and remodeling in the United States and Western Canada. Ply Gem siding brands include Mastic Home Exteriors®, Variform®, NAPCO®, Ply Gem® Stone, Kroy®, Cellwood®, Georgia Pacific, DuraBuilt®, Richwood®, Leaf Relief®, Gutter Warrior™ and Monticello® Columns. Ply Gem also manufactures vinyl and aluminum soffit and siding accessories, aluminum trim coil, wood windows, aluminum windows, vinyl and aluminum-clad windows and steel and fiberglass doors. Ply Gem windows and patio door brands include Ply Gem® Windows, Mastic® Replacement Windows, Ply Gem® Canada and Great Lakes® Window. The company’s brands are sold through short-line and two-step distributors, pro dealer home improvement dealers and big box retailers. Ply Gem employs more than 4,300 people across North America. Visit for more information.

About ABC-TV’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”
The Emmy award winning reality program “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” now entering its ninth season, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It’s executive-produced by Brady Connell and George Verschoor. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. The show airs Fridays from 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET on ABC.


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