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  • Construction employment again declined in large numbers in all but one state this September compared to last year according to an analysis of new state-by-state employment figures released today by the federal government. The analysis, conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America, also found that the number of states gaining construction jobs from August to September 2009 declined...
  • World’s leading glass producer Guardian Industries Corp. has strongly opposed the petition of Asahi Glass Philippines for a maximum extension of safeguard measures for a total of 10 years and instead urged the Philippine government to impose anti-dumping or tariff rate quota to targeted countries that clearly dumped clear float and tinted float glass products into the country.In a position...
  • Federal law requires companies to install tempered safety glass in bathrooms, patio doors, automobiles and skylights. But WTAE Channel 4's Boston affiliate station, WCVB, reported that even a nick tinier than a grain of sand can cause the panes to suddenly shatter."The house shook and we heard just crashing noises," said Jennifer Day after the glass door installed just three years ago...
  • Asahi Glass Co.’s full-year operating profit will probably fall less than expected, partly because of a rise in Chinese demand for liquid-crystal-display glass substrates, the Nikkei newspaper reported. China’s program to encourage sales of electronics increased demand for LCD televisions, according to an Oct. 21 Bloomberg.com report.
  • Construction costs, which had been relatively low for much of the past year, are beginning to climb at an increasing rate, signaling the end to the "limited-time" sale for construction, according to a new analysis of the latest producer price index released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics today [Oct. 20].The analysis by Ken Simonson, chief economist for the Associated General...
  • Glass Doctor is ranked No. 243 on the Franchise Times Top Franchise Systems list.Franchise Times bases its selections on annual sales in 2008. Last year Glass Doctor reported $140 million in sales with 163 franchise units in the United States and two in Canada.Glass Doctor expects to finish the fourth quarter of 2009 strong by adding seven U.S. franchises and four Canadian franchise locations....
  • A new publication developed by ASTM International Committee C14 on Glass and Glass Products and the Glass Association of North America provides architects, engineers, specifiers, manufacturers and professionals in the building envelope industry with one comprehensive source featuring the latest standards that govern the glass and glazing industry, according to an ASTM release.
  • "The level of construction starts in 2010 is expected to climb 11 percent," McGraw-Hill Construction forecasted on Friday [Oct. 16], "following the 25 percent decline predicted for 2009. 'The U.S. construction market in 2010 will be helped by growth for several sectors, following three straight years of decline that brought total construction activity down 39 percent from its mid-...
  • This is a record year for Trainor Glass Co., but next year won't be.Or the year after.Or, God forbid, maybe even the year after that."Our company is preparing as if this is it for a while," said Bob Trainor, chief executive of the family-run glazing contractor based in Alsip [Ill.]. "People aren't spending money."It's reality check time.The Dow Jones industrial average did...
  • McGraw-Hill Construction, part of The McGraw-Hill Cos., today released its 2010 Construction Outlook, a mainstay of business planning for construction and manufacturing executives, which forecasts an increase in overall U.S. construction starts for next year, according to an Oct. 16 release. Due to improvement for housing from extremely low levels and broader expansion for public works, the level...
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  • AGC Glass Company North America, a leading manufacturer of glass and glass-related products, announced Dec. 30 the sale of the assets of its U.S. Commercial Fabrication business unit to Trulite Glass Solutions LLC.AGC holds a leading position in primary products, and will continue to focus on the core strength of the business in manufacturing glass and innovating new coating technologies. In...
  • Officials from Trulite Glass & Aluminum Solutions LLC today announced the company has acquired the U.S. commercial fabrication assets of AGC Glass Company North America Inc. AGC’s residential assets are not part of the acquisition and will be retained by AGC. Financial terms of the private transaction were not disclosed. “This acquisition will allow Trulite to continue to better serve...
  • 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...