Latest News in Commercial Glass

  • In an exclusive interview with Glass Magazine, Elliott Kracko, chairman of Gamma, a division of the Far East Global Group Ltd., and James (Jim) Mitchell, president, Gamma Canadian Operations, discuss the contract glazier’s recent acquisition of CBO Glass' assets, the reasons behind its rapid growth, and what the year ahead could bring for contract glaziers in the United States and Canada. Glass...
  • PPG Industries reported fourth-quarter 2012 net sales of $3.6 billion. The company's annual sales for 2012 were $15.2 billion, an increase of 2 percent versus 2011, according to a Jan. 14 release. Despite the record fourth-quarter results, glass segment sales were down $15 million from the prior year, landing at $241 million for the quarter. Higher flat glass sales were offset by lower...
  • Hartung Glass Industries has named Kirk Johnson chief operating officer. A 17-year industry veteran, Johnson joined the company in September 2011 as regional sales manager before being promoted to director of sales in January 2012. In his new position, Johnson will have overall sales and operational responsibility for Hartung Glass Industries and its divisions, including Agalite Shower & Bath...
  • DORMA has named Kimberly Baker senior manager of customer relations, responsible for leading the access solution provider's newly formed Customer Relations department comprising customer service, technical service and inside sales. Baker will oversee further development of inside sales and implement enhanced customer relations management programs and tools, according to a release.
  • Guardian Industries officials confirmed the company has completed the previously announced sale of a minority stake in the business to a subsidiary of Koch Industries. According to a recent Reuters report, Koch now owns a 44 percent share of the glass manufacturer.Guardian also announced that Koch Industries' former VP of Business Development, Ron Vaupel, will serve as Guardian president and...
  • Coastal Industries will implement Glassco Solutions' online ordering software in January 2013 at its main branch in Jacksonville, Fla., as well as its distribution centers in Atlanta; Charlotte, N.C.; and Houston, according to a Glassco Solutions release.“ In today’s fast-paced environment, this gives our customers the ability to give accurate, real-time pricing to their accounts, giving...
  • Apogee Enterprises, parent company of Viracon, Harmon, Wausau Window and Wall Systems, Linetec, and Tubelite, announced that revenues for the fiscal third quarter were up 9 percent to $190.4 million. Operating income was $11.4 million, up from $7.2 million, and backlog was $300.4 million, compared to $299.0 million in the second quarter and $225.1 million in the prior-year period. “We...
  • APG International Inc. announced the appointment of Stewart Struzer as VP of Business Development for its North American operations. Prior to joining APG, Struzer was a partner and senior VP with Gamma USA, where he helped found the contract glazier's offices in Miami and guide its growth, according to an APG release.This appointment will help APG International focus on its core business of...
  • As a consequence of the overcapacity that still exists in the European glass industry, the NSG Group has announced that it will put the CH2 float line at the Cowley Hill plant in the United Kingdom on hot hold, beginning January 3, 2013. NSG officials expect the line will remain on hot hold for three months, according to a December 14 release."This action will allow the company to reduce stock...
  • Vitro announced, December 17, that it has started the process to recover damages caused by lawsuits filed by dissident funds to put Vitro and 17 subsidiaries into involuntary bankruptcy in Mexico, which were dismissed on appeal. Under the applicable legal framework in Nuevo Leon, the amount claimed could reach $1.59 billion, according to a Vitro release.Under Vitro's Mexican restructuring plan--...
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  • John Swanson, editor and associate publisher of Window & Door, passed away on Sunday, January 19, 2014, in Manhattan. He was 52 years old.John started his publishing career at Ashlee Publishing in New York City in 1984. He was founding editor of fenestration, launched in 1987, the first North American magazine specifically targeting the residential window and door market. There he...
  • BairdThomsenKevin Baird has been named president of the Global Flat Glass Group for Guardian Industries Corp., and will assume full profit and loss responsibility of the business unit, according to a Jan. 10 announcement from the company. Baird replaces Scott Thomsen, who resigned for health reasons.Most recently, Baird has been president and CEO of SRG Global Inc., a Guardian company. SRG...
  • Apogee Enterprises, Inc. has acquired Alumicor Ltd., the Toronto-based fabricator of aluminum frames for window, storefront, entrance and curtain-wall products for the Canadian commercial construction market. The transaction is valued at approximately $52 million.Alumicor will be the seventh stand-alone business in the Apogee portfolio. Apogee is also parent company of Viracon, Harmon,...