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January 31, 2014

Guardian Names New President of Global Flat Glass
Kevin Baird has been named president of the Global Flat Glass Group for Guardian Industries Corp., assuming full profit and loss responsibility of the business unit. Baird succeeds Scott Thomsen, who resigned for health reasons. Most recently, Baird was president and CEO of SRG Global Inc. A Guardian company, SRG Global is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of chrome-plated plastic parts for the automotive, commercial truck and household appliance industries.

Manufacturer to Pay $1.1 Million for Violating False Claims Act in Connection to Chinese Aluminum Imports
The Department of Justice announced that Ohio-based Basco Manufacturing Co. has agreed to pay $1.1 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by submitting false customs declarations to avoid paying duties on aluminum extrusions from China. At the time of import, the extrusions were subject to combined antidumping and countervailing duties of more than 400 percent.

Furnace Leaks 800 Tons of Molten Glass at PPG’s Wichita Falls Plant
One of two furnaces at PPG’s Wichita Falls, Texas, glass plant leaked 800 tons of molten material into a cement-and brick-lined containment area Thursday, Dec. 19, according to a Times Record News article. The line was in the process of being drained for a planned cold repair when the leak occurred. No injuries occurred, and remaining operations were not affected, nor was the repair schedule, according to Charles Hanley, director of operations for PPG’s flat glass strategic business unit.

PGT Breaks Ground on Glass Manufacturing Facility
PGT Inc. broke ground on its $15 million glass plant expansion. The new glass plant will sit on 12 acres PGT purchased for $1.6 million just north of its main Venice, Fla., campus. The new 96,000-square-foot facility will help PGT meet increased demand for products as the housing market gains traction, company officials said.

Digitally Printed Glass Wall Complete at O’Hare International Airport
Installation of a digitally printed glass wall in Terminal 5 of the Chicago O’Hare International Airport is now complete. O’Hare is the most recent airport to utilize digital ceramic printed glass in new and renovated terminals, according to Dip-Tech.

View CEO Addresses Challenges, Opportunities for Dynamic Glass
The dynamic glass market sits on the precipice of major growth, with a ready market and proven technology. However, demand for the advanced glass product remains low, View Inc. CEO Rao Mulpuri explained during a recent Forbes profile. “The slow rate of change has less to do with the magnitude of the need—which is immense—or the willingness of people to adopt new technologies, but rather the availability of technologies on an industrial scale,” Mulpuri said in the article.

AGC Develops Suspended Spiral Glass Staircase
Asahi Glass Co. unveiled a spiral glass staircase using a suspension structure, the first in the world, according to the company. The staircase is on display at an AGC studio in Tokyo, according to a Dec. 13 article from The Asahi Shimbun.

Tecnoglass Set to Go Public after Andina Merger
Colombia-based architectural glass and window manufacturer Tecnoglass has entered into a merger agreement with Andina Acquisition Corp. that will allow Tecnoglass to go public, according to a Dec. 9 joint company release. The current owners of Tecnoglass will retain majority ownership and control of the company, which includes Tecnoglass S.A. and C.I. Energia Solar S.A. E.S. Windows.