Latest News in Retail Glass

  • The Laminating Division of the Glass Association of North America, Topeka, Kan., released a new specification, according to a July 23 press release. The Standard Specification for Ball Drop Impact Resistance of Laminated Architectural Flat Glazing is a companion piece for the division’s ball drop test method released in 2006. The purpose of the specification is...
  • A rapidly expanding domestic economy, continuing efforts toupgrade physical infrastructure, sustained strength in foreign investment funding,healthy demand for Chinese manufactured goods, ongoing urbanization, and furtherpopulation and household growth will all boost construction spending in China. Theseand other trends are presented in Construction Outlook in China, a new study fromThe Freedonia...
  • American Auto Glass Alliance, a corporation formed and financed by independent glass retailers, has made a national after-hours call center available to all AGR independents, according to a July 15 Reuters.com report. The AAGA vision: to give independents the ability to compete with the national retailers while maximizing their marketing budget overnight, on weekends and holidays. The alliance...
  • Marv Degerness, owner of the Glass Doctor of Fargo/Moorhead franchise, was honored as the 2007 Glass Doctor Franchisee of the Year during the company’s 2008 annual conference at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas, June 25-28. The Franchisee of the Year Award is presented to the franchisee who has consistently grown his or her business through the Glass Doctor training system and has...
  • Tulsa-based Zeledyne LLC, which acquired the glass operations of Automotive Components Holdings in April, received an $80 million asset-based credit facility from Bank of America Business Capital, according to a May 8 release from BOA. ACH was a division of Ford Motor Co."We selected Bank of America Business Capital to lead this transaction because of its extensive experience financing...
  • Glaziers report that glass prices are up between 7 percent and 10 percent depending on the product since April of last
    year. ...
  • AGC Flat Glass North America of Alpharetta, Ga., will close three factories and a production line in the next six months, according to a company release April 16. ...
  • AGC economist offers advice on coping with rising
    material costs

    Steel and diesel costs have skyrocketed in recent months, says Ken Simonson, chief economist for The Associated General Contractors of America, Arlington, Va. ...
  • Q&A with CEO Donald Friese
    Officials from C.R. Laurence Co., Los Angeles, a supplier to the glazing, architectural, construction, industrial, and automotive industries, announced March 25 the purchase of Sommer & Maca Industries, Cicero, Ill. ...

  • Officials from C.R. Laurence Inc., Los Angeles, announced March 25 that it acquired Sommer & Maca Industries, Cicero, Ill., effective March 20, according to a company release. “This joining brings together the products and services of both organizations, and will enhance our customers’ experiences with larger inventories available from all our North American locations,” said...
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  • The Dwyer Group Inc., parent company of numerous service-based franchise brands including Glass Doctor, today announced it has been acquired for the second time by The Riverside Company, a private equity fund with locations in North America, Europe and Asia. The deal with the global investment firm renews a collaboration between two growing and successful organizations, according to company...
  • C.R. Laurence Co. announced the September opening of a new 150,000-square-foot CRL-U.S. Aluminum Super Center in Secaucus, N.J., located less than a mile from the company’s previous New York Tri-State area site. The Super Center more than doubles the supplier's footprint in the region, and furthers the company’s North American expansion, targeting the East Coast.The Super Center will include CRL'...
  • Glaston acquired the industrial property rights to all Glassrobots Oy products, following Glassrobots’ July 11 bankruptcy filing in the Pirkanmaa District Court in Finland. As a result of the deal, concluded on Aug. 8, the industrial property rights and related documentation of Finnish glass processing machine manufacturer Glassrobots Oy’s flat tempering and bending machines, its automotive...