Latest News in Commercial Glass

  • A new $15 million expansion of Saint-Gobain’s R&D Center in Northboro, Mass., will be declared officially open July 30, according to a July 17 company release.Saint-Gobain’s worldwide CEO Pierre-André de Chalendar and the Gov. of Massachusetts Deval Patrick will attend the opening ceremony, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. July 30, at the site on Goddard Road in Northboro. ...
  • Construction workers continued to bear the pain of steep job losses almost everywhere in June, as construction employment rose only in North Dakota (by 5 percent) and Louisiana (4 percent), compared to June 2008, according to new data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs disappeared in the remaining 48 states and the District of Columbia, with losses as great as 26 percent in Arizona...
  • PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) today reported sales for the second quarter of $3.1 billion, a decline of 30 percent versus the prior year’s second quarter including a 6 percent decline resulting from a business divestiture in 2008. The company reported net income of $146 million, or 89 cents per share. Adjusted net income was $148 million, or 91 cents per share. Second quarter 2008 sales were $4...
  • Inert gases in insulating glass units help make windows more energy efficient. A new ASTM International standard provides a long-needed method for evaluating gas concentration inside insulating glass units without destroying or altering the edge seal. The new standard, ASTM E2649, Test Method for Determining Argon Concentration in Sealed Insulating Glass Units Using Spark Emission Spectroscopy,...
  • Graham Architectural Products, York, Pa., completed the acquisition of FM Enterprises, a Merrill, Wis., based manufacturer of curtain wall windows, storefront windows and doors, and sunshades, according to a July 17 release. This strategic acquisition brings together acomplement of operating windows and curtain wall products, giving GAP a complete architectural and commercial fenestration product...
  • Glassmaker Pilkington is to cut another 90 jobs in the region as it continues to make massive cost savings.The firm yesterday confirmed it is looking to make more than one in six of its employees redundant at its European Technical Centre in Lathom [England], near Ormskirk, as part of a global restructuring process.The company has been hit hard by the global downturn as a knock-on effect of the...
  • A new exterior film for glass has been developed which can be seen by birds but not humans. It could be used to help prevent the needless deaths of billions of birds which collide with windows annually.As reported by The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, and discovered by researcher Daniel Klem Jr., the best window covering for the job was an exterior film with evenly spaced ultraviolet UV-...
  • Imagine 300,000 pieces of finely cut colored glass carefully placed together to create intricate designs. The sight will amaze any beholder.And it exists at the Arulmigu Sri Raja Kaliamman Temple, known as the country’s first glass temple that is taking shape along Jalan Tebrau [Malaysia].
  • Asahi Glass Co., Japan, is expected to report a group operating profit of around 2-4 billion yen ($21.43 million to $42.87 million) for the six months ended June 30 amid a recovery in glass for LCD TVs, beating its earlier forecast of just breaking even. Sales apparently sank 34 percent on the year to around 510 billion yen, but this exceeded Asahi Glass's projection by some 10 billion yen,...
  • The American Institute of Architects’ Committee on the Environment has named its top 10 green building projects for 2009 and four of them are glazed with architectural glass made by PPG Industries, Pittsburgh, according to a July 13 PPG release.• The Chartwell School in Seaside, Calif., features Solarban 60 solar control, low-E glass. North-facing windows and clerestories, along with...
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  • Officials from Eastman Chemical Co. announced its subsidiary Southwall Insulating Glass will exit the insulating glass business in Chicago later this year. The site primarily produces Heat Mirror Insulating Glass, which provides performance beyond triple-pane IG, but with the same weight as dual-pane IG, according to officials. Company officials said the business is expected to close "in the...
  • The 2015 Glazing Executives Forum will center on the state of the architectural glass and metals industry, addressing the overall economic climate, labor and supply challenges, project management and succession planning for contract glazing companies, and more.“The goal of this year’s event is to provide attendees with strategies to successfully navigate today’s industry, which is rapidly...
  • AGC Glass Company North America, a leading manufacturer of glass and glass-related products, announced Dec. 30 the sale of the assets of its U.S. Commercial Fabrication business unit to Trulite Glass Solutions LLC.AGC holds a leading position in primary products, and will continue to focus on the core strength of the business in manufacturing glass and innovating new coating technologies. In...