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  • Opportunty lies in products that combine energy-efficiency and impact-resistance
    Protective glazing usage has slowed down since the beginning of 2007. The government is the biggest user of protective glazing, but in recent times its focus has shifted to energy savings and green glass.See the attached graphs for a breakdown of usage by region and sector, and expected usage change over the next five years.
  • Where the opportunities are
    Institutional construction spending has held its own through the recession (see attached graphs), and will see a decent amount of funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.Read the full article.
  • The pace of U.S. job losses slowed down in May, sparking hopes that the recession is drawing to a close. However, the jobless rate reached its highest level in 26 years, according to a June 8 article in The Wall Street Journal. Click on the link below to download a free PDF of the full article.
  • Existing buildings, commercial and institutional sectors head activity
    Green construction promises to show an uptick in the next few years as a direct consequence of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 that includes $39 billion in energy investments at the Department of Energy and $20 billion in tax incentives for clean energy.Click on the link below to download a free PDF of charts that show the growth of green construction across the globe and in...
  • How are you keeping employees' spirits up amidst these tough economic conditions and the consequent plant closings and layoffs?
    CommercialRussell J. Ebeid, president, Glass Group, Guardian Industries Corp., Auburn Hills, Mich."I tell them three things. First, we are financially in good shape ... We are not concerned with taking business just to take business. Second, because we’re financially in good shape and other companies are not doing as well, we see that as an opportunity. This is a year of opportunity....
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    View a photo gallery of new bath enclosure products that meet customer demands.
  • What will be your top business challenge this year and how do you plan to address it?
    CommercialAlvaro Correa, project manager, West Tampa Glass, Fla.We are going to have a moderately slower year than last year. The residential market is zero, and we are seeing the commercial market in a similar light due to these economic times. We have to find other sources of revenue, with the market the way it is. The hospital market is moving, and we are finding success [in that segment]....
  • Readers weigh in on the economy and its effect on their business
    If there is one positive thing about a recession, it’s that it makes you look for unprofitable elements of your business and take action.
  • The cost of producing glass
    Marked increases in the cost of inputs are leading glass producers to increase prices to recover costs and maintain margins. Unless the price of energy continues its recent downward trend, glass prices will be significantly higher in 2009 than they have been historically.
  • Photovoltaic industry offers significant growth opportunities for glass companies
    The PV industry is expected to see annual growth between 40 percent and 50 percent during the next several years. Glass manufacturers and processors will be required to serve a critical role in this developing industry. Click here for a free PDF download of this article.
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