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March 28, 2014

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, according to a Jan. 14 Aluminum Extruders Council release. At the time of import, the extrusions were subject to combined antidumping and countervailing duties of more than 400 percent.

Court Upholds Ruling on Duties for Curtain Wall

The U.S. Court of International Trade upheld a ruling from the Department of Commerce that found curtainwall units and other parts of a curtainwall system were subject to the aluminum extrusion Antidumping and Countervailing Duty orders. 

CRL -US Aluminum Super Center Opens in Denver

C.R. Laurence Co. has expanded its Denver service center to operate as a  CRL-U.S. Aluminum super center, now offering the full U.S. Aluminum line of architectural products and systems, with an extensive inventory of U.S. Aluminum storefront and entrance systems. Nathan Miller, U.S. Aluminum product specialist, and Dan Joella, CRL tech veteran, will spearhead a new in-house U.S. Aluminum Technical Service Department for the super center

AGC Plans to Halt Production at Belgian Solar Glass Plant

Asahi Glass Co., currently in negotiations with its Works Council and representatives of local trade unions, plans to close its solar glass production facility in Roux, Belgium. The factory closure will affect around 190 employees, but AGC has not yet determined how the closure will impact its financial results, it reports.

Viracon Adds New Architectural Sales Reps

Viracon named two new architectural sales representatives, Connor O’Neill and Tyler Tennant. Cameron Scripture, Viracon’s Western regional manager residing in Denver, will provide leadership and guidance to both O'Neill and Tennant, according to a Viracon release. 

Crystal Windows Clarifies News of Expansion

Crystal Windows & Doors' COO Steve Chen issued a response clarifying a Feb. 12 New York Post report, titled 'Queens glass maker moving due to city's high cost.' The article states that Crystal plans to expand to the suburbs—Westchester County or somewhere close to the city—due to the cost of doing business within city limits. Crystal's plans are an issue of corporate expansion, not corporate relocation, Chen explains, and the company plans to keep its headquarters and main production facility in Queens for the foreseeable future. 

GGI Adds Vertical CNC Glass Fabrication Machine

GGI officials announced the company completed installation of a vertical CNC finishing machine. The new glass fabrication machine allows GGI to provide precision-controlled, completely automated milling, drilling, notching, and polishing of oversized glass up to 102 inches by 236 inches.

Quanex to Sell Nichols Aluminum Business

Quanex Building Products Corp. signed a purchase agreement to sell its wholly owned subsidiary Nichols Aluminum LLC to Alaris for $110 million. "As the housing markets continue to recover, we see great opportunity for both organic and acquisitive growth in our Engineered Products Group," said Bill Griffiths, Quanex chairman, president and CEO. "This transaction will allow us to focus all our energies and capital on enhancing our position as a leading window and door component supplier both domestically and internationally."

Gamma Establishes Cohesive, North American Unit

Top 50 Glazier Gamma Curtain Wall, a division of Far East Global Group Ltd., has united its two separate organizations, Gamma USA and Gamma Windows and Walls International Inc., under the name Gamma North America. The change reflects a seamless, one-unit, continental operating strategy, according to company officials. To lead and implement this strategy, Jim Mitchell has been promoted to president of Gamma North America. Former president of Gamma's Canadian operations, Mitchell has more than 30 years of industry experience. Elliot Kracko will remain as chairman and continue to focus on business development, customer relationships and strategic planning.