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  • From stadiums to storefronts, retail to restaurants, and hotels to homes, demand for large, multi-panel door systems is on the rise due to their ability to provide more daylight, better views and indoor/outdoor flexibility.The recently opened Beatrix restaurant in Chicago features bi-fold doors from LaCantina Doors. Photo by LaCantina Doors.“The demand for folding doors will continue to grow in...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • *From July 1, 2013 to press time, Aug. 6, 2013
    MiTek Acquires Benson IndustriesMiTek Industries, a Berkshire Hathaway company and supplier of advanced engineered structural connector systems, equipment, software and services for the building components industry, acquired Benson Industries LLC. Benson provides the design, pre-fabrication and installation of custom unitized curtainwall systems for high-end commercial, hotel, residential,...
  • Each group brings with it unique hiring considerations
    As you potentially look to expand your staff in response to improving market conditions, it’s time for some quick reminders about the risks associated with hiring and training new employees, and using independent contractors.Skilled EmployeesProper glazing fabrication and installation requires employees who are the right fit for your company. When it’s time to bring someone on board, don’t forget...
  • Forecasted employment growth could create skilled labor shortage
    Glaziers are in demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, glazier employment is projected to grow 42 percent from 2010 to 2020, a much faster rate than the average for all occupations. Driven by the popularity of glass exterior façades, as well as the energy efficiency improvements of glass and windows, U.S. glazier employment is expected to increase from 41,900 in 2010 to 59,600 in...
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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...