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  • Windows are often treated more like raw materials than what they actually are: an assembly of parts and pieces operating in a designed system. This reality has become more apparent as the overall fenestration industry addresses Product Category Rules (PCR). These rules are ultimately part of a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), which is an overall representation of a product’s impact on the environment...
  • When you buy a car in the United States, it is marked with a permanent number. This is known as the Vehicle Identification Number. The VIN can be used to provide a lot of information about the vehicle, including its manufacturer, model, original features, service, accident history, etc. Summary: During the ICC Group B Code Change Hearings, two proposals were considered that would require a...
  • In this article we discuss key person insurance, a product that can be useful to some small businesses. I’ll start by saying that I am not an insurance expert. I am a business owner who investigated this product a few years ago. Here is what I found. What is key person insurance? Are there people who are essential to the operation of your glass business? What would happen if a person essential to...
  • U.S. glazing companies grow, while managing backlogs and a continuing labor shortage
    601 Massachusetts Ave. A striking 10-story point-supported glass wall fronts the new office building at 601 Massachusetts Ave. in the heart of Washington, D.C. Harmon Inc. served as the installer, and W&W Glass LLC was the system supplier for the 113-foot-tall point-support atrium wall—the Pilkington Planar system with ½-inch Pilkington Optiwhite low-iron monolithic tempered glass. The wall...
  • Snowbird Hidden Peak RestaurantLCG Facade installed the entire exterior skin for the Snowbird Hidden Peak Restaurant, at the top of Hidden Peak in Snowbird, Utah. “The project elevation is 11,000 feet, and access was via the Snowbird Tram or a steep mountain double track trail. At that elevation we had to take special precautions to avoid altitude sickness and still work safely and efficiently...
  • An in depth, by the numbers look at the U.S. Glazing Market
    A Decade of Sales Fluctuations This chart depicts the percentage of Top 50 Glaziers experiencing year-over-year sales increases and decreases from 2005 to 2015. (Only companies that provided exact sales figures are included). The percentage of companies reporting gains in 2015 expanded slightly from 2014, from 71 percent to 77 percent, continuing the market’s growth trend. Glaziers have performed...
  • Advice from glass and metal suppliers about the common challenges facing contract glaziers
    CHALLENGE 1: FINDING LABOR One of the biggest challenges we’re hearing about from the glaziers we work with is the need for qualified labor. This is especially true for those working on high-end jobs. The increase in construction spending has led to buildings with more complex curtain wall, façade and window applications. Finding the laborers with the skillset for these specialized jobs is a real...
  • Risks and rewards of a management buyout
    Editor's Note: This article is an installment of Glass Magazine’s Exit Planning and Succession series. Use the Search bar in the right column to search "exit planning succession", to find related articles. The most probable opportunity for glass company owners looking to sell their business is a management buyout—a sale to senior managers or family. MBOs tend to be the most common transfer...
  • DeGorter family prepares to bring fourth generation into long-term family business leadership
    From right to left, Dan, Peter J. and Peter “Pete” DeGorter, current management of DeGorter Inc., stand in front of a photo of John DeGorter, the company's second-generation owner. Pete will be the company's fourth-generation owner. He says of his decision to remain in the industry: "[I've seen] first-hand the hard work needed to run a successful business. But I also [have seen] that hard work...
  • Window replacement adds improved performance to historical aesthetic at Sarasota Museum of Art
    BeforeThe existing wood windows on the Sarasota Museum of Art were already replacements for the originals. Key Glass pulled out and dissected the existing systems to find the most similar aluminum window system that would meet codes. After The replacement windows are thermally broken, with insulating, laminated low-E glass, and meet Florida Product Approval for high velocity hurricane zones....
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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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