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  • 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...
  • How do you market your company and its products/services to potential customers?
    Commercial Lisa Hagel, advertising/marketing coordinator, Wood’s Powr-Grip Co.“Wood’s Powr-Grip’s vacuum cups and equipment products are distributed internationally in nearly 50 countries through an extensive network of authorized dealers. Our products are most widely used within the glass industry but we also manufacture products for [many other industries]. In order to reach our target...
  • An exit plan is a customized, written plan that monetizes a business; meets the owner’s business, personal and financial goals; protects his or her wealth; and moves the owner into his or her next stage of life.A succession plan, on the other hand, focuses on the human side of the business. In the simplest terms, it aims to ensure the success of the company when the owner/CEO retires by moving...
  • The basics: Fire-rated glass and glazing was critical to achieving the daylighting design goals for the renovation of Manhattan's 170 East 80th St. Kate Shin, president of WEmi:t LLC, and a group of investors discovered the townhome and decided to transform the space into a luxury lifestyle property. Integral to this process was rethinking the townhouse layout to improve light and ventilation....
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    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...
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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...