Latest News in Fabrication Glass

  • Sales nearly tripled and profits doubled last year at solar panel manufacturer First Solar Inc., of Tempe, Ariz., company officials said yesterday.  The Toledo-born firm, which has its lone U.S. plant and manufacturing re-search operations in Perrysburg Township, reported revenues of $1.3 billion, up from $504 million in 2007. The firm had a profit of $348 million, or $4.24 a share, in 2008...
  • The Producer Price Index for finished goods climbed 0.9 percent in January, not seasonally adjusted (0.8 percent, seasonally adjusted), but fell 1.0 percent compared to January 2008, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Thursday. The PPI for construction inputs fell 0.3 percent for the month, not seasonally adjusted, and rose 1.8 percent from a year...
  • Ed Wegener, manager of the AGC Flat Glass' North American Strategic Business Unit, had an upbeat outlook for workers at AGC's Kingsport plan while talking to a Memphis Commercial Appeal reporter about President Obama's stimulus bill this week.He said he expects that the Kingsport plant's workforce will grow from 290 to 400 when the effects of the stimulus bill kicks in. What prompted the response...
  • Sage Electrochromics Inc., Faribault, Minn., the only provider of commercially viable, energy-saving electrochromic smart window products for buildings, today announced that it has closed a $20 million investment round, according to a Feb. 24 company release. Good Energies, New York City, a global investor in the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries, led the funding, with additional...
  • Building Europe's tallest skyscraper will begin next month after the multimillion pound construction contract was signed today.The massive £2 billion Shard of Glass complex at London Bridge station will contain offices, hotel, flats, shops and leisure facilities, according to a Feb. 24 Evening Standard report.
  • A packed house of auto glass retailers and suppliers heard a fairly gloomy assessment of the nation’s short-term economic prospects during an in-depth presentation by noted economist Jeff Dietrich, Institute for Trend Research, Concord, N.H., at the 20th annual National Auto Glass Conference, Feb. 18-20, Orlando, Fla.Read the full presentation.
  • The Glass Association of North America, Topeka, Kan., released its 22nd Glass Informational Bulletin, a series of educational documents available to the industry as a free download from the GANA Web site, according to a Feb. 23 release. Titled Proper Procedures for Fabricating Flat Glass Mirror, the GIB provides a list of helpful guidelines for fabricators.Since its original creation, GANA’...
  • Photovoltaics as a business prospect has been the talk of the glass industry. However, the solar industry also offers opportunities for glass companies in the concentrated solar power market, according to two CSP experts who spoke Feb. 13 during GlassWeek in Las Vegas. CSP uses mirrors to capture solar thermal energy. The benefit of CSP is that the energy can be stored, says Frank “Tex...
  • The green movement, including the solar rush, will change the way glass companies do business, said Russell J. Ebeid, president, Glass Group, Guardian Industries Corp., Auburn Hills, Mich., during a Feb. 16 presentation at the Building Envelope Contractors Conference in Las Vegas.

  • Multinational companies are still expanding operations in China despite the global downturn, but they are hurting from plunging exports and local sales, according to a report issued Friday.The annual report on manufacturing competitiveness, issued by the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai and other foreign business groups, found that most companies surveyed see their China operations as...
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  • The National Glass Association \ Window & Door Dealers Alliance is pleased to announce the election of Bryan Bush to the office of chairman of the board. Bush, of City Glass Co., Omaha, Neb., has served on the board since 2010. Bush took the office of chairman on Sept. 11, 2014, during GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo in Las Vegas. He will serve a one-year term.“Our...
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