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  • Tips for maintenance
    Typically, two choices in aluminum finishes exist in the glass business: painted material and anodized material. Paint is applied on top of the metal and seals it from oxidation. As long as the paint does not chip, the metal is protected from oxidation indefinitely. Paint manufacturers now have a “coastal” specification designed to be especially resistant to environments with an...
  • School construction is booming. Just two years ago, McGraw-Hill’s Dodge estimated 150 million square feet of space for kindergarten through 12th grade would be built in the United States compared to about 99 million square feet in 1990. Why is this one of commercial construction’s most active areas? According to a 2005 article in Architectural Record, the increase in school...
  • Glass hazards often represent a significant component of the risk to personnel during a terrorist explosives attack. Whether from a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device or hand-placed explosive charges, blast pressures can overwhelm conventional glazing and result in hazardous glass fragments in occupied areas. Injuries from glass include lacerations and serious injuries from less obvious...
  • People used to come to Colonial Mirror & Glass Corp., look at the machinery and joke that it was like visiting a museum, says Zachary Weiner, president. Now, the shop barely resembles the past in terms of layout and machinery. “With the exception of a polishing machine and the existing oven, we’ve replaced or moved around every single piece of equipment in the shop,” Weiner...
  • International trade fair focuses on green architecture
    Box scoresOct. 24-28 at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Center in GermanyAttendees: 54,000Attendees at Glasstec 2004: 53,752Visitors’ places of origin: 40 percent, Germany; 60 percent, from 84 countries ranging from Argentina to South AfricaAttending company executives: 37,800 Exhibiting companies: 1,300Countries represented by exhibitors: 46Majority of international exhibitors by country:...
  • Industry will require more than 50 new lines to keep up with flat glass need
     World demand for flat glass is forecast to rise 5.2 percent per year through 2010 to 6.1 billion square meters. Maintaining the trend seen over the 2000-2005 period, demand will outpace real, i.e., inflation-adjusted, gains in the global economy. Production of flat glass is projected to increase 5.4 percent per year through 2010 to 57.3 million metric tons, of which approximately 45-50...
  • How best to compete on a global basis and maintain current market
     The economy is ambling along in what a recent Wall Street Journal article called the “Goldilocks Economy”-–not too hot and not to cold. As I write this on Oct. 1, the Dow Jones industrial average is pushing a record, and the 30 component stocks are trading at 19 times their combined earnings per share of the past 12 months. This is well below the 26 price-earning ratio of...
  • Nonresidential market looks up
    The residential market The residential new housing market showed a decline in 2006 for the first time since 2001. Although this decline has been forecasted for the past several years, it was more severe than expected. Most forecasters expected a decline in single-family housing in the mid- to upper-single digits, but at the current rate a decline of about 14 percent from 1.71 million homes to 1....
  • Variation in color a plus, sometimes a problem
    Metallic paint coatings can add vibrancy and visual appeal to your project. Their lively appearance is caused by the way visible light reflects off the metallic flakes. Variations in appearance Be aware that the same qualities creating depth and brilliance also can cause variations in appearance within a project or even within a single part. Specifically, metallics can have variations in the...
  • Showtime in Vegas!
    Box ScoresRegistrants:  10,000 glass, window, and door industry professionals Visitors’ places of origin: All 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and 59 other countries International registrants: 1,672 Annual sales volume of attendees’ companies: 41 percent—less than $5 million 29 percent—$5 million to $25 million 10 percent—$25...
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  • This commercial office space in Tulsa, Okla., features a 42-foot-long, custom, continuous art mural that spans 14 glass panels. 
    Great Glazing: Custom interior officeThis commercial office space in Tulsa, Okla., features a 42-foot-long, custom, continuous art mural that spans 14 glass panels suspended from the ceiling. Created by Tulsa artist May Yang, the mural is based on local Oklahoma themes, transitioning from rural landscape to the Tulsa skyline.   Great Glazing: Joliet Junior College Campus...
  • A look at the leading manufacturers and fabricators of metal products, broken down by sales volume, number of locations and product offering. 
    Building on the success of the Top Glass Fabricators rankings introduced last year, Glass Magazine is expanding its coverage to include the Top Metal Companies, featuring the leading manufacturers and fabricators of metal products in the United States and Canada. The Top Metal Companies include those that manufacture, fabricate and sell curtain wall, storefront and entrance, commercial interior...
  • Read about the winners
    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...