Latest News in Auto Glass

  • The board of directors for the Placerville, Calif.-based California Glass Association/Americas Glass Association announced the retirement of Donn Harter, its president and technical director, in a March 14 release. And “with Harter’s retirement, no equal replacement, and the current economic conditions,” the AGA board of directors has discontinued the operations of the AGA, effective...
  • PPG Industries Inc., Pittsburgh, paid Chairman and CEO Charles Bunch $12.4 million in total compensation last year, a 47 percent jump from $8.4 million in 2009, according to proxy materials filed March 10. His salary remained about $1 million, according to a March 11 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review report.
  • Trainor Glass Co. will consolidate several core business units and plant production to match the projected marketplace, according to a March 11 release.The contract glazier is consolidating its Champaign, Ill., and South Bend, Ind., facilities, and scaling back its Las Vegas and Wyoming operations, which will be handled out of Phoenix and Denver, respectively. These four locations...
  • Glass industry giant Pilkington, U.K., will build a new car window plant in Poland for an estimated 450 million zloty (US$155 million), its Polish arm said on March 11. The plant is expected to turn out 1.7 million windscreens a year, and between 4 million and 5 million side and rear windows. The site will be operational in 2012, according to a March 14 Industry Week report.
  • The joint Webinar of Glass Association of North America, Topeka, Kan., and the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance, Ottawa, ON, titled Fatalities and Injuries During Flat Glass Handling, is now available to view on each organization’s Web site, according to a March 10 release. The Webinar, which looked at the tragic results from the mishandling of flat glass in a manufacturing...
  • DyeTec Solar has secured $1 million from the Ohio Third Frontier Commission for the development and mass manufacture of glass-based BIPV (building-integrated photovoltaic), BAPV (building-applied photovoltaic) and AIPV (automotive integrated photovoltaic) products. The technology, which will be produced alongside glass maker Pilkington North America at DyeTec’s Toledo facility, is aimed at...
  • As Gulf Glass 2011 closed at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre, those who attended left with a sense of optimism and expectation for the region's growing glass industry, according to a March 10 Zawya report. The exhibition took place March 7-9.For many, the event proved extremely successful. Mega Enterprises, a leading Egyptian glass technology supplier, declared it...
  • Officials at Molycorp Inc., Greenwood Village, Colo., the largest U.S. producer of rare-earth metals, posted a narrower net loss and said they expect prices of rare earths to remain high as China continues to restrict exports, according to a March 9 Chicago Tribune article.Cerium oxide, one of the 17 elements that compose rare earth metals, is the most efficient polishing material for glass, and...
  • Obeikan Glass Co., the glass manufacturing subsidiary of Saudi Advanced Industries Co., Saudi Arabia, has begun operation of its glass furnace. The furnace will need four to five weeks to reach maximum heat. The company will then start producing float glass within two to three weeks, while the process is fine tuned, according to a Feb. 23 Glass in IT Style report.The glass plant...
  • On Feb. 7, Turkish glass maker Sisecam, the owner of Trakia Glass Bulgaria, opened its fourth plant near Bulgaria´s northeastern town of Turgovishte.The $25 million facility will produce motor vehicle glass for the domestic and foreign markets. The plant will have an annual production capacity of 1.3 million square meters of glass and will employ 130 people. The facility is expected to...
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  • John Swanson, editor and associate publisher of Window & Door, passed away on Sunday, January 19, 2014, in Manhattan. He was 52 years old.John started his publishing career at Ashlee Publishing in New York City in 1984. He was founding editor of fenestration, launched in 1987, the first North American magazine specifically targeting the residential window and door market. There he...
  • BairdThomsenKevin Baird has been named president of the Global Flat Glass Group for Guardian Industries Corp., and will assume full profit and loss responsibility of the business unit, according to a Jan. 10 announcement from the company. Baird replaces Scott Thomsen, who resigned for health reasons.Most recently, Baird has been president and CEO of SRG Global Inc., a Guardian company. SRG...
  • Apogee Enterprises, Inc. has acquired Alumicor Ltd., the Toronto-based fabricator of aluminum frames for window, storefront, entrance and curtain-wall products for the Canadian commercial construction market. The transaction is valued at approximately $52 million.Alumicor will be the seventh stand-alone business in the Apogee portfolio. Apogee is also parent company of Viracon, Harmon,...