Latest News in Commercial Glass

  • U.S. companies, struggling to contain escalating losses in the deepening recession, squeezed more output from their remaining workers last quarter.Productivity, a measure of employee output per hour, rose at a 3.2 percent annual rate in the fourth quarter, more than twice as much as forecast, a Labor Department report today in Washington showed. Labor costs climbed at a 1.8 percent rate, less...
  • Reed Construction Data, Norcross, Ga., a leading provider of building information modeling solutions and construction information, has announced a February 2009 launch for SmartBIM Library (SBL) v3.2, the leading BIM content management tool for architects and engineers.The release of SBL v3.2 will add new features and enhancements including the drag-and-drop family publisher, allowing users to...
  • During the second day of the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance Annual Conference, Bill Lingnell, president of Lingnell Consulting Services, Rockwall, Texas, and technical consultant to IGMA, presented a progress report for ASTM E 2431, a standard to reduce thermal stress breakage. Lingnell has been leading a project to extend the standard that currently covers single-glazed units to include...
  • The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance Annual Conference kicked off Feb. 3 in San Diego with an update of the organization’s possible merger with the Glass Association of North America, Topeka, Kan. The motivation for the proposed merger is to: consolidate advocacy efforts, consolidate industry technical expertise and resources, provide joint marketing efforts and reduce duplicate...
  • One of Hardin County’s largest private employers, AGC Automotive Americas, announced Thursday a 140-person work force reduction at its Elizabethtown plant.This is the auto-glass plant’s second mass job cut since November.
  • Despite a presentation by window film installers Tuesday night, some Main Street storeowners are still on pins and needles about possibly taking down their security bars.
  • Advanced Solar Photonics has unveiled a new laser-based glass cutting system for the solar photovoltaic industry. The system produces micro-cracks in the subsurface layer of the glass and not thermal-fracturing of the glass.
  • Officials at Glass Doctor, Waco, Texas, announced the grand opening of the first Canadian Glass Doctor franchise, Glass Doctor of Kawartha Lakes. Owned by Joe and Wendy Barrieau and Brian Stephens, the franchise is located in Bobcaygeon, Ontario. Glass Doctor plans to open another franchise in Ontario this spring, according to a Feb. 3 release. The company expects to add as many as 10 Canadian...
  • Officials at Bystronic Glass Group announced the company's German glass technology centers have been renamed. Armatec Vierhaus GmbH is now Bystronic Armatec GmbH, and Lenhardt Maschinenbau GmbH is now Bystronic Lenhardt GmbH, according to a Feb. 2 release. The change will not affect customers, according to the release. All existing contracts will remain the same, and the technology center...
  • Add sustainability to the list of matters discussed by political and business leaders at the World Economic Forum, which announced that $515 billion, as well as government action and regulation is needed annually for "green" investments to avoid a disastrous carbon emissions level.The announcement came in the report "Green Investing: Towards a Clean Energy Infrastructure"...
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  • Altus Capital Partners, an investment firm focused on middle market manufacturing companies in the United States, acquired GED Integrated Solutions Inc., according to a June 11 announcement. The acquisition will support GED’s continued growth, according to the release. The financial terms of the investment were not disclosed.“We are very excited to now be partnering with Altus Capital Partners as...
  • Officials from Tennessee’s Heritage Glass temporarily suspended operations on May 27, according to a company release, as reported by News Channel 11 in Johnson City, Tennessee. Executives say they are exploring a “potential reinvestment and reorganization situation” for the company.Heritage Glass was formed last year when the company purchased the former AGC North America Blue Ridge glass...
  • Last week, officials from Ontario, Canada-based State Window Corp. announced the launch of Integro Building Systems, a significant new entry in the North American curtain wall construction sector, according to a May 5 company release.A company incorporated in Canada, Integro is a partnership among State and a number of notable construction industry leaders. Integro will design, manufacture, and...