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  • New construction starts in September advanced 10 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $604.1 billion, according to McGraw Hill Construction, a division of McGraw Hill Financial. The increase followed an up-and-down pattern during the previous two months, and brought activity to its highest level so far during 2014, according to an Oct. 20 MHC release. Nonresidential building...
  • Officials from fire-rated glazing and framing system manufacturer Safti First announced the addition of G. Bowie and Associates to serve as the company’s architectural representative for Tennessee.“We are excited about the opportunity to represent a company with such a varied range of product offerings in the fire rated glass and faming market,” says Gary Bowie, principal of G. Bowie and...
  • Things are looking up for the worldwide glass industry, as an optimistic outlook and overall mood permeated the show floor during glasstec 2014, held Oct. 21-24 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Following glasstec 2012, a successful event in the face of economic uncertainty, glasstec 2014 indicated positive market developments after several years of a sluggish North American and worldwide economy....
  • With all geographic regions and building project sectors showing positive conditions, there continues to be a heightened level of demand for design services signaled in the latest Architecture Billings Index, reported Oct. 22 by the American Institute of Architects. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between...
  • Officials from Vistamatic, a designer and manufacturer of privacy glass for observation control, announced the company is taking immediate action in the fight against the Ebola virus. Vistamatic will expedite manufacturing of its privacy glass vision panels that can be used in specialty Ebola quarantine rooms.Due to its thin profile starting at only 11/16-inch thick, all Vistamatic vision panels...
  • Saint-Gobain’s new glass plant at Bhiwadi in Rajasthan, India, is set to open next week. The $185 million facility will help the company strengthen its position in India’s glass market, according to an Oct. 21 article from the Press Trust of India.The plant has a capacity of nearly 1,000 tons of glass per day. “When the plant [is] fully functional by mid-2015, Saint-Gobain [will] have a total...
  • Officials from Thompson I.G. announced the company added an in-line quality scanner at its fabrication facility. To help ensure its insulating glass products are defect-free, the company has installed FeneTech's FeneVision LineScanner automated quality scanner after the washer and before the build station.“We offer our glazing contractor and manufacturer customers a practically unlimited...
  • HarenbergOfficials from Graham Architectural Products announced the company hired Garth Landis as a buyer and Rich Harenberg as an architectural sales representative.Landis will be responsible for purchasing hardware/MRP items, balances and brake metal. He comes to Graham from Fastenal Company, where he served as general manager and was responsible for pricing and customer service, vending...
  • PPG Industries’ flat glass business announced that it has joined green building councils in Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Peru. All five councils are members of the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), the largest international organization influencing the green building marketplace.Cristina Gamboa, chief executive officer of Colombia’s Green Building Council and chair of the WorldGBC’...
  • Dip-Tech set a new world record for printer size with the Dip-Tech AR18000 digital ceramic in-glass printer. The achievement was officially recognized by Guinness World Records under the category of “largest digital flatbed printer.” Dip-Tech CEO Yariv Matzliach announced the record today at the glasstec 2014 in Dusseldorf, Germany.Matzliach (center), standing with Bernhard Veh, managing director...
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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...
  • Trulite Glass & Aluminum Solutions LLC has finalized its acquisition of Houston-based Texas Tempered Glass Inc., a producer of high performance glass products for architectural, industrial, commercial and custom applications, as of Nov. 19, 2014. Financial terms of the private transaction were not disclosed.With the completion of this transaction, Trulite will expand its presence in the Texas...
  • Things are looking up for the worldwide glass industry, as an optimistic outlook and overall mood permeated the show floor during glasstec 2014, held Oct. 21-24 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Following glasstec 2012, a successful event in the face of economic uncertainty, glasstec 2014 indicated positive market developments after several years of a sluggish North American and worldwide economy....