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  • Glass companies rely on incentive programs to motivate employees Part one of three in the e-glass HR series Whether it's annual bonuses or performance-based pay raises, glass company executives say financial incentives improve employee attendance, increase motivation and advance overall job performance...
  • More fuel surcharges and price hikes expected in 2007 With strong backlogs and healthy commercial market conditions, glaziers report optimism about market conditions in the new year. However, many say the challenges they faced in 2006 will likely continue in 2007...
  • Read part one, part two and part three of the e-glass Special Series on immigration.In the Nov. 28 edition of e-glass weekly, several company managers reported that their immigrant workforce has helped them get through the growing labor shortage in the glass industry. However, industry representatives warn companies need to take all appropriate steps to ensure they hire legal immigrant...
  • Read part one and part two of the e-glass Special Series on immigration.Q & A with Jim Wendorff Officials from Viracon of Owatonna, Minn., announced Nov. 14 that the company received a $284,000 grant to start the Special Incumbent Worker Training Program aimed at its immigrant workers. In partnership with Riverland Community College in Owatonna, Viracon developed a program addressing...
  • The construction industry faces a serious labor shortage requiring 1 million new workers in the next six years and 2.4 million by 2014, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many glass company managers said they look to a growing contingent of immigrant workers to combat the scarcity...
  • The 2000 U.S. Census found immigrant workers constituted 12.4 percent of the nation’s workforce. New immigrant workers increased by 4.134 million during the next five years, accounting for 86 percent of the total increase in employment, according to a study from Northeastern University released in August...
  • Link to Part One and Part Two of the labor series.Managers for Harmon Inc. out of Eden Prairie, Minn., often look to colleges and universities when finding new additions to its project teams, says Steve Griest, general manager at the glazier’s Chicago office...
  • Despite the growing workforce crisis in the construction industry, many glaziers report they do find enough employees. However, they often find just enough bodies to fill positions, not trained workers who can take on any job in the field...
  • Leaders from the construction industry came together at the ENR Top Firm Leaders Forum, Sept. 26-27, in Crystal City, Va., to brainstorm the best ways of tackling the workforce crisis affecting the building industry. The forum was sponsored by McGraw Hill Construction and ENR magazine...
  •  The combination of technology and the daily work inside the glass industry has created a brotherhood. With these two tools you can create anything planned. I have been working with Mammen Glass in Irving, Texas, for six years. This is my first job in the glass industry and I have learned everything I know here. My typical day begins around 6 a.m. After a quick breakfast of coffee and...
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