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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  • PPG Industries today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to sell substantially all the assets of its Mt. Zion, Ill., glass manufacturing facility to automotive glass manufacturer Fuyao Glass America Inc. The sale is expected to close in the third quarter 2014, subject to customary closing conditions. Financial terms were not disclosed.The Mt. Zion facility currently manufactures...
  • Officials from Cardinal Glass Industries announced July 3 that its subsidiary Cardinal CT Company acquired the assets of Catalina Tempering Inc. and its subsidiaries. The terms of the agreement are undisclosed.Catalina operates seven regional custom tempering facilities serving the residential window and door market. “Over the last ten years, Catalina has built its business based on quality...
  • AGC Glass Company North America announced it will be consolidating its fabrication capabilities in Jacksonville, Fla., into the company’s more than 200,000 square foot facility in Lithia Springs, Ga. The consolidation of the Jacksonville operations into Lithia Springs should be completed no later than the fourth quarter of 2014.The Lithia Springs plant is AGC’s new state-of-the-art facility and...