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  • Edgetech I.G., Cambridge, Ohio, and LMI Custom Mixing, Cambridge, hosted approximately 50 pre-teens from Meadowbrook Middle School, Cambridge, according to a May 5 release. Broken into four groups, the students from Lisa Eibel’s sixth-grade reading classes received tours and presentations on manufacturing, product testing, product management and marketing.The large group of...
  • Redesigned Viracon.com offers new look, new tools for design communityViracon, the country’s leading single-source architectural glass fabricator, has introduced a new website. The new www.viracon.com offers new tools and features designed to make it easier than ever for architects, designers and glazing contractors to browse, find and store glass product information.“Based on...
  • Novum Structures, Menomonee Falls, Wis., showed its new ETFE, an extruded film technology that offers benefits including high transparency, high tensile strength, ultra-violet stability and lightweight characteristics. Novum featured ETFE as the roof of its booth.Cardinal Shower Enclosures, Louisville, Ky., has started producing cast-glass table tops and railings, pictured below. The company also...
  • Kawneer Co., Norcross, Ga., hosted three expo education programs during the AIA Convention: Achieving a LEED Strategy in Division 8: Glass and Glazing; Commercial Windows: Configuring and Selection; and Unitized Curtain Walls: Introduction and Installation Overview.Bendheim Wall Systems, Passaic, N.J., was also one of 36 companies to provide a continuing education program.The decorative division...
  • Every day in recent weeks, federal and state agencies have announced new projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the "stimulus" bill. The variety, speed and totals are impressive, given that the bill was signed less than three months ago.Unfortunately, stimulus funding is not enough to offset the continuing sharp downturn in private and state/local-funded...
  • An independent study has shown that architects and building owners can realize annual energy savings of more than $60,000 for a prototypical glass-walled, eight-story office building when substituting PPG's Solarban 70XL solar control, low-e glass in place of dual-pane tinted glass. The same study showed equipment costs for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) may be reduced by up to...
  • Measures of U.S. manufacturing and consumer confidence last month unexpectedly jumped to their highest levels since the credit crisis intensified in September, indicating the economy is on the mend.The Institute for Supply Management’s factory index rose to 40.1 from 36.3 in March; readings less than 50 signal a contraction. The Reuters/University of Michigan final index of consumer...
  • More than 50 glass and glazing companies exhibited at the AIA 2009 National Convention and Design Exposition, April 30-May 2, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The event is hosted by the American Institute of Architects, Washington, D.C.Many of those companies had the environment top of mind, and touted their green products. Oldcastle Glass, Santa Monica, Calif., showed its SunGlass Solar...
  • Nonresidential to see moderating decline during rest of 2009Robert A. Murray, vice president of economic affairs for McGraw-Hill Construction, New York, said construction starts will continue to decline through the remainder of 2009, but at a slowing rate. Murray spoke during the presentation, The Construction Outlook: Implications for Architecture Firms, May 1 at the American Institute of...
  • Vitro S.A.B. de C.V., Mexico, one of the world's largest producers and distributors of glass products, today announced 1Q'09 unaudited results. Year over year consolidated net sales declined 34.5 percent affected by a 34.0 percent peso depreciation during last 12 months 1Q'09, lower volumes and the deconsolidation of Comegua--the company's glass container subsidiary in Central America.
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  • Officials from Saint-Gobain announced it acquired a controlling interest in Sika for $2.8 billion. Saint-Gobain purchased the controlling share—16.1 percent of Sika’s capital and 52.4 percent of its voting rights— in a confidential auction process from the Burkard-Schenker family, which owns the majority stake in Sika, according to a Dec. 8 Reuters report.“Given the proximity of Sika’s activities...
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