Latest News in Commercial Glass

  •  The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance, Ottawa, Ontario, and the Insulating Glass Certification Council, Sackets Harbor, N.Y., combined their certification programs into a single program, according to a Feb. 18 IGMA release.The process started in June 2004 with the two organizations working closely to harmonize their respective program requirements, and cumulated into a formal...
  • The largest solar power system ever mounted on a building in the southern hemisphere has been switched on in the red heart of Australia. The rooftop solar photovoltaic installation is expected to generate 40 percent and 80 percent of the energy requirements of the Crowne Plaza Hotel Alice Springs. Speaking from the desert town on Wednesday, hotel general manager Adam Glass said the system...
  • A construction worker facing a lifetime of acute disability after crashing through a skylight on a warehouse roof yesterday settled his High Court compensation case and is to receive £450,000 [$640,674]. Michael John Brand, 46, of Taverham, near Norwich [U.K.], suffered severe brain injuries as well as a fractured pelvis, a cut to his liver and a punctured lung when he fell about five...
  • Union representatives, who today begin talks over the future of a threatened North-East glass factory, last night said they were “not optimistic”it could be saved.German firm Schott revealed on Monday it was reviewing options for its Newton Aycliffe [County Durham, England] site, which manufactures flat glass and employs up to 200 people.Schott said the business had been suffering...
  • To hear Collegeville [Pa.] builder Gustavo Perea tell it, the prospect is frightening.Some ambitious union organizer would take his carpenters out to a bar, buy them a couple of beers, get them to sign some union cards, and the next thing Perea knows, he'd wake up in the morning with a union shop.That's how he imagines the future if the federal Employee Free Choice Act is passed--a proposed law...
  • Manufacturing in New York contracted in February at the fastest pace on record, signaling the recession that began over a year ago is intensifying.The Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s general economic index fell to minus 34.7, the lowest level since records began in 2001, from minus 22.2 percent in January, the bank said today. Readings below zero for the Empire State index signal...
  • The nanomaterials revolution has brought many innovations to the building sector in recent years—concrete that cleans itself, glass that switches from transparent to opaque with the push of a button, and solar panels as thin as paper.One of the more notable nanomaterial successes in the building industry dates back to the late 1970s. That's when scientists discovered that by applying...
  • A leading Turkish glass manufacturer, Trakya Cam, said on Monday that it signed a feasibility study protocol with Republic of Tatarstan Local Administration for a flat glass factory. According to a notification sent by Trakya Cam to Istanbul Stock Exchange, the Turkish glass manufacturer signed a feasibility study protocol with Russian Federation Special Economic Zone Administration and Tatarstan...
  • Serbia’s Privatization Agency extended, for the third time, the bidding deadline in the tender for 100 percent of the glass manufacturing company Industrija Stakla Pancevo, to March 20. The tender was announced in October, without setting a minimum price.Under the terms of the tender, offers will be considered only from companies active in glass manufacturing or trade over the past...
  • The Asahi Glass Co. is boosting its solar cell film operations in anticipation of growing demand, as various countries undertake environment-related investments to stimulate their economies.The company will soon acquire certification for color solar cell films from U.S. product compliance certification organization Underwriters Laboratories Inc. Asahi Glass' transparent film has already been...
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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...