Latest News in Fabrication Glass

  • Customers were caught by surprise at the sudden closing of the Schofield, Wis., Oldcastle plant."The Jan. 23 closure date is rather stunning considering the short notice and potential problems it will cause for customers and vendors alike," said Steve Zurcher, president, St. George Glass Co., Iron Mountain, Mich., a customer. "Indications from company representatives are...
  • The American Institute of Architects is reporting a small increase in its December architectural billings index, but still 19 points lower than it was a year earlier.The index—considered a leading economic indicator of construction activity—continued to show decreases in billings, but the rate increased from the continued record lows reported by the institute between October and...
  • Copper fell to a one-week low in London, dropping for a third consecutive day, as expanding stockpiles of the metal signaled worsening demand. Aluminum rebounded from a five-year low.Inventories of copper in warehouses monitored by the London Metal Exchange jumped 1.2 percent to 422,450 metric tons, the highest since January 2004. The economy in China, the largest user of the metal, grew 6.8...
  • Registration for the 2009 Glass Fabrication & Glazing Educational Conference is now open, according to a Jan. 21 release from the Glass Association of North America, Topeka, Kan.. The annual event, which features education for glazing contractors and fabricators of insulating, laminated and tempered glass, is scheduled for April 6-8, 2009 at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Cincinnati...
  • PPG Industries Inc. is seeking a multimillion contract to supply glass for One World Trade Center, The Freedom Tower, a corporate spokesman confirmed Tuesday. If the firm's bid is successful, employees at its 415-worker plant in South Middleton Township would fill the order, according to a Jan. 20 pennlive.com report.
  • The Glass Association of North America, Topeka, Kan., elected Jon Johnson, general manager, Arch Deco Glass, Columbus, Ohio, as its new secretary, according to a Jan. 20 release. Elected by the GANA Laminating Division, Johnson will represent the division on the GANA board of directors as an officer, and is scheduled to become GANA president in 2012. He takes over from Scott Surma, DecoTherm,...
  • Officials at Bystronic glass have appointed Giuseppe Viggiani regional market director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He succeeds Martin Heim. Viggiani's previous positions include area sales manager, Latin America, for Siemens, as well as management positions with elevator manufacturer Schindler and most recently with SBB Cargo, the Swiss railway.
  • In a Jan. 19 letter to its customers, Ray Orr, president, central region, Oklahoma City, Oldcastle Glass, headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif., stated that the company's Schofield manufacturing plant in Medford, Wis., will close Jan. 23. "All orders scheduled to deliver before that date will be shipped from the Schofield location. Subsequent orders will be shipped from our Wausau facility,...
  • A U.S.-based company has successfully tested a revolutionary solar panel that is expected to cut the costs of photovoltaic solar power generation by more than 50 percent, and herald a new era of improved efficiency and lower production costs of solar energy globally.The panel, known as the Alubond Solar Collector Panel (SCP), was created by American Building Technologies, a subsidiary of the UAE-...
  • As Barack Obama prepares for Tuesday’s inauguration, so is American Defense System Inc. [Hicksville, N.Y.] They created the bulletproof glass that will shield Obama. Armen Keteyian took a look at this high grade glass and its designers.When Barack Obama first stepped out on the stage as president-elect, a new transparent shield made its own debut, according to a Jan. 16 CBS report.
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