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  • Tips for choosing and using installation machinery
    Do: Make job and site requirements the first priority.Take into account the installation requirements of the project first. Think of price second. “The equipment required for installation is determined mainly by the logistics of the jobsite: access to specified locations, the size and weight of the material being installed, etc.,” says Danny O’Brien, field superintendent with contract glazier...
  • Glaziers rely on multi-tiered equipment solution to enclose the WTC towers
    The glass-clad One World Trade Center and Four World Trade Center towers rise elegantly above lower Manhattan, where upon completion they will be among the tallest buildings in the world. The sleek, slightly blue façades have already become an iconic addition to the city skyline at 1,776 feet and 977 feet, respectively. Installing the massive curtain-wall panels on the highprofile skyscrapers...
  • “What role should the government play in our daily lives?” This question has been debated for centuries, with no clear answer. I remember my grandfather referring to Franklin Roosevelt as “that socialist” because of his ties to U.S. Social Security, and my grandmother telling me not to “rely on Social Security for retirement” following her disappointment in the amount of money she received each...
  • Ryan Hoffman, architectural representative, Viracon
    Ryan Hoffman wasn’t looking for a new job, let alone one in the glass industry. But the glass industry found him. A friend in Viracon’s HR department saw Hoffman as a good fit for the company and brought him in for an interview. “The interview went well and it seemed like a natural fit,” he says. Hoffman says he has relied greatly on the industry insights of colleagues and customers. “There is so...
  • Ryan Thomassen, regional supervisor, Direct Project Group, EFCO, A Pella Company
    Landscaping brought Ryan Thomassen to the glass industry. While working through college as a landscaper, Thomassen heard about an estimator/project manager internship from a professor. “I was ready to quit landscaping and get into my degree field,” says Thomassen. “I followed up and [it] turned out that the company was Builders Glass & Products. I had done some landscaping work for one of the...
  • Ron Drew, vice president of Operations, Safti First
    When Ron Drew joined Safti First in 2006, he brought with him 18 years of lean manufacturing experience and the 5s manufacturing methodology, increasing workplace efficiency and morale from day one. Supporting the company’s Merced, Calif., facility, Drew ensures Safti First stands behind its U.S.-based manufacturing promise by offering skilled job opportunities to local residents and overseeing...
  • Mark Funke, owner/installer, Funke Glass & Glazing
    Mark Funke wasn’t looking for a career in the glass industry when he started at Franklin County Glass after graduating high school in 2001. However, more than 10 years later, Funke now owns his own glass business, Funke Glass & Glazing in Rosebud, Mo., specializing in custom shower enclosures, custom mirrors, glass replacement, glass table tops, commercial storefronts and automotive glass....
  • The votes are in and the industry has spoken, naming best installer, production supervisor, project manager and sales rep
    In an effort to spotlight the people who make the Glass Magazine Award-winning products and projects possible, the program once again included people-centric categories, for which the industry submitted their picks for best installer, production supervisor, project manager and sales rep.After narrowing down the nominations to three finalists in each category, the Glass Magazine editors asked the...
  • Employers look to interior glass in office design to maximize daylighting, space and productivity
    In an effort to free employees from the confines of the cubicle—and the low morale it can foster—employers are relying more on office designs that incorporate interior glass. “Studies continue to indicate that employees enjoy their work environment and are more productive when natural daylighting and visual access to the outdoors are incorporated,” says Meghan Beach, architectural manager, AGC...
  • The glass industry will once again gather in Milan, Italy this October for the 18th biennial Vitrum, an international trade show for glass machinery, equipment and systems. The event, which drew more than 500 exhibitors and 20,000 visitors in 2011, will take place Oct. 23-26 at the Rho Fiera Milano exhibition center. The 2011 trade show saw a 3.3 percent increase in international attendance, and...
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    In an effort to spotlight the people who make the Glass Magazine Award-winning products and projects possible, this year’s program included people-centric categories, for which the industry submitted their picks for best installer, production supervisor, project manager and sales rep.After narrowing down the nominations to three finalists in each category, the Glass Magazine editors asked the...