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  • The Glass Guru added five franchise locations in Ames, Iowa; Bear, Del.; Hemet, Calif.; Catharines, Ontario; and Kemptiville, Ontario. There are now four active Glass Guru locations in Canada and more than 50 in United States, according to a company release."We are excited about the recent new openings but even more excited about our existing franchisees having record...
  • GlasWeld  officials announced Sept. 8 that the company has expanded its service area by establishing satellite offices in the Great Lakes/East Coast Region and the Southwest, in addition to its corporate office in Bend, Ore."We have created these satellite offices to strategically service our customers where they are located," said GlasWeld General Manager Dennis Garbutt, in a...
  • Hartung Glass Industries officials announced the company has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Personal Touch Glass, a Lodi, Calif., subsidiary of Glasswerks L.A. Inc. A northern California fabricator, Personal Touch Glass specializes in residential and commercial insulating glass units. It will operate as part of Hartung Glass Industries effective immediately, according to a Sept. 11...
  • The retrofit of the 5th Ave. Apple Store in New York City is well underway, with the glass cube being rebuilt with 15 large glass lites rather than the 90 that were originally in place. A TUAW reader, Justin Parmer, was on hand as construction crews began unloading the huge glass panels, according to a Sept. 1 TUAW report. Watch the video, courtesy of TUAW below. 
  • Quanex Building Products Corp. released fiscal 2011 third quarter results for the period ending July 31, 2011. Net sales were $252.4 million, 12 percent higher than a year ago, due primarily to the acquisition of Edgetech, according to an Aug. 25 MarketWatch release.The company's Engineered Products Group--focused on providing window and door OEMs with fenestration components, products, and...
  • John Frey, an industry veteran with 47 years of experience solving storefront and curtain wall design challenges, will continue on in the industry as chief design engineer for U.S. Aluminum, a division of C.R. Laurence, according to an Aug. 24 release."We are delighted to have John on board with his top-notch design capabilities and deep experience. Prior to joining USAL earlier this year, John...
  • The Architecture Billings Index fell by more than a point in July, posting a score of 45.1 compared to 46.3 the previous month: the steepest decline in billings since February 2010, according to an Aug. 17 release from the American Institute of Architects. The score reflects a continued decrease in demand for design services; any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings."Business...
  • Bekaert and Saint-Gobain signed an agreement Aug. 10 regarding the sale of Bekaert's Specialty Films business to Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp., an Ohio-based corporation of the Saint-Gobain group. The transaction covers the production facilities in San Diego; Zulte, Belgium;  and Suzhou, China; the operations under development in China; and all sales and service centers...
  • Officials of PCT Global announced Aug. 10 that EnduroShield has been awarded certification from Germany's TÜV Rheinland, a leading global independent test provider, for durability and easy-to-clean functionality. The durability test simulated a 10-year lifetime on interior and exterior applications, according to a company release."The TÜV certification is an important achievement for...
  • Construction spending edged up 0.2 percent in June as increases in private nonresidential construction outweighed continuing declines in private residential and public construction spending, the Associated General Contractors of America reported Aug. 1 in an analysis of new Census Bureau data. The construction trade association's chief economist, Ken Simonson, predicted further...
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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....