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  • "Using high-performance glass to bring more natural daylight into buildings, an important strategy for green building, dramatically reduces energy usage and provides a better work environment," said Russell Huffer, chairman and chief executive officer of Apogee Enterprises Inc., in a keynote speech to the Building Envelope Contractors Conference Feb. 17 in Las Vegas. The event was...
  • The California Air Resources Board’s Survey of Glass Manufacturers is now online, according to a Feb. 26 release from the Glass Association of North America, Topeka, Kan. The Glass Manufacturing Sector Survey for owners/operators covers three glass sectors: container, flat, and fiber glass.Under Assembly Bill 32 (AB32), the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, ARB is...
  • 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...
  • 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’...
  • 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...
  • Zhangzhou Qibin Glass Co., (Qibin Glass) started operating its float glass production line in Zhangzhou City, Fujian Province, on Feb. 10, 2009.The production line is able to melt 900 tons of glass per day, providing products widely used in construction, furniture, automobile and optic instrument, according to the Zhangzhou glassmaker, according to a Feb. 11 SinoCast report.
  • Compagnie de Saint-Gobain, one of the world's largest producers of glass for the construction and automobile industries, Friday said it would sell around €1.5 billion ($1.91 billion) in new shares to bolster its capital amid the deepening global economic crisis.Saint-Gobain stock plunged on the news and and in midmorning trading in Paris was down 15.7 percent at €23.59, it's lowest...
  • The GPD Conference has released the final program for the top glass summit to be held on June 12-15, according to a Feb. 19 GPD release. As before, the versatile, modular agenda offers the latest information and visions of the glass world in a condensed executive format. Top political, solar and glass industry executives will present in the opening ceremony June 12.The contents of the program...
  • On Feb. 13, 2009, Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (HR 1). The Act includes a total of $787.2 billion in spending and tax cuts, including $308 billion in appropriated spending, $269 million in direct spending (refundable portion of tax credits, Unemployment assistance, Medicaid reimbursement to states, etc) and $211 billion in tax cuts.
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  • Officials from Tennessee’s Heritage Glass temporarily suspended operations on May 27, according to a company release, as reported by News Channel 11 in Johnson City, Tennessee. Executives say they are exploring a “potential reinvestment and reorganization situation” for the company.Heritage Glass was formed last year when the company purchased the former AGC North America Blue Ridge glass...
  • Last week, officials from Ontario, Canada-based State Window Corp. announced the launch of Integro Building Systems, a significant new entry in the North American curtain wall construction sector, according to a May 5 company release.A company incorporated in Canada, Integro is a partnership among State and a number of notable construction industry leaders. Integro will design, manufacture, and...
  • Officials from Eastman Chemical Co. announced its subsidiary Southwall Insulating Glass will exit the insulating glass business in Chicago later this year. The site primarily produces Heat Mirror Insulating Glass, which provides performance beyond triple-pane IG, but with the same weight as dual-pane IG, according to officials. Company officials said the business is expected to close "in the...