Latest News in Commercial Glass

  • The producer price index for finished goods climbed 1.4 percent before seasonal adjustment (1.2 percent seasonally adjusted) in July and 9.8 percent over 12 months, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Tuesday. The PPI for inputs to construction industries—a measure of costs of materials used in all types of projects plus items consumed by contractors, such as diesel...
  • The value of new construction starts advanced 6 percent in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $578 billion, it was reported by McGraw-Hill Construction, a division of The McGraw-Hill Cos., New York. Led by the start of two massive electric power plants plus healthy gains for several public works categories, the nonbuilding construction sector climbed sharply. In addition, residential...
  • The Beijing Olympic Village has made steps toward reducing its carbon footprint by installing one of the world's first hybrid systems of SolarWall and photovoltaic/thermal  for renewable energy.The SolarWall is a perforated outer cladding that absorbs solar radiation, even on the coldest days, to create a current of warmed air that circulates into the building, according to a Buildingtalk...
  • Asahi Glass Co. rose 3 percent to 1,132 yen [$10.3] after Mitsubishi UFJ Securities lifted its rating on the stock to 2 from 3, saying it was undervalued when considering the company's operating profit level for the current and next business years.The brokerage said Asahi Glass's operating profit looked set to continue growing thanks to healthy demand for sheet glass used in TFT-LCDs.
  • PPG Industries, Pittsburgh, declared force majeure on architectural, residential and specialty glass products as a result of torrential rains earlier in the week at its Wichita Falls, Texas, glass manufacturing facility, according to a company release Aug. 22. The rain flooded the plant’s basement and damaged critical process equipment. The company is currently assessing the extent of...
  • The production of glass and glass products in Hungary in the first half of this year was 18.1 percent higher than in the same period in 2007. Glass and glass products manufacturers’ sales in the January to June period were 15.3 percent higher year-on-year, with an increase in sales of 11.2 percent on the domestic Hungarian market and 17.8 percent higher sales on export markets, according to...
  • Scientists have discovered that, in medieval churches, stained glass windows painted with gold purify the air when heated by the sun. The researchers hope that this discovery could also be used for modern technologies, since the chemical reaction involved is very energy efficient.
  • ProScience, a distributor of technical flat glass products, with more than 90 years of experience in industrial and architectural glass distribution, announced the launch of Glassopolis, a company dedicated to serving the architectural specialty glass market, according to a company release Aug. 21.Glassopolis will distribute specialty architectural glass to commercial glass contractors....
  • Pilkington North America Inc. has agreed to lease the entire 401,348-square-foot Opus II distribution building in Urbancrest, Ohio, from Opus North Corp. The company, which manufactures glass for the automotive and building industries, will occupy the facility, in the Big Run Industrial Park, by late November, according to a GlobeSt.com report Aug. 20.
  • The National Fenestration Rating Council, Greenbelt, Md., and Southern California Edison presented a workshop today about NFRC's new Component Modeling Approach, an energy performance rating and certification program for nonresidential fenestration that will be required in California under changes to the state's Energy Code (Title 24, Part 6) in 2009.CMA will provide whole product energy...
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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...