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  • The U.S. construction industry added 48,000 jobs in January, bringing the sector’s unemployment rate down to 12.3 percent, according to a Jan. 7 report from AGC of America. The construction industry has added 179,000 jobs in the past 12 months, driven by growth in both the residential and nonresidential building segments. January’s spike in employment is the largest gain in jobs for construction...
  • Glaston’s net sales increased 5.7 percent to $166.7 million in 2013, according to company officials. Orders for the year increased 4.4 percent, while earnings for the year totaled $14.3 million.“We can be relatively satisfied with 2013. The company’s operational result returned to positive and we restored our financial position,” says president and CEO Arto Metsänen. “During the first quarter, we...
  • MT Group, which offers a full range of fenestration testing services for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions, added the Sealed Insulated Glass Test System to its fenestration division. With the addition of the IG System, the company can provide the following test methods and standards:ASTM E2190, "Standard Specification for Insulated Glass Unit Performance and Evaluation"ASTM E2188, "Standard...
  • Diamon-Fusion International joined forces with Glass Machinery Solutions Ltd., a U.K.-based glass and stone machinery and service supplier, to distribute its hydrophobic coating products in United Kingdom and Ireland markets, according to a DFI release. The distribution channel focuses on the architectural glass market, both in hand-applied form as well as the newly launched FuseCube. “This new...
  • Quanex Building Products Corp. signed a purchase agreement to sell its wholly owned subsidiary Nichols Aluminum LLC to Alaris for $110 million, company officials announced Feb. 10."As the housing markets continue to recover, we see great opportunity for both organic and acquisitive growth in our Engineered Products Group," said Bill Griffiths, Quanex chairman, president and CEO. "This transaction...
  • The Dwyer Group announced that Dina Dwyer-Owens will be stepping down as CEO, assuming the role of executive chair; Mike Bidwell was promoted to president and CEO, according to a Waco Herald-Tribune report.Dwyer-Owens will devote her time to promoting the company’s Code of Values, pursuing opportunities to acquire other companies “and speaking on local national and international stages on behalf...
  • The Dodge Momentum Index rose 3 percent in January compared to the previous month, according to McGraw Hill Construction, bringing the index to 121.1, compared to a revised 117.6 in December 2013. With the exception of two minor dips in June and October of 2013, the index has been steadily climbing for over a year. Commercial building plans gained 5.7 percent, largely the result of increased...
  • During its Annual Conference, the Glass Association of North America introduced the first-ever C. Gregory Carney Member of the Year Award, a legacy award remembering the remarkable contributions of GANA's recently departed associate and glazing industry leader, Greg Carney.Carney began his career in the architectural glass industry in 1981 and was involved in glass design, specification,...
  • Major Industries recently updated its website, www.majorskylights.com, with a clean new look and easier access to product information, officials say.Major's new site provides many of the same benefits as before, including a large image gallery and access to a large amount of product data, but in a refined format that makes it simple to find information on each of Major's product lines....
  • Graham Architectural Products announced several key appointments to their staff. Pat Conlon joined GAP as director of operations. Conlon previously served as vice president of operations at Oakworks and TerraCycle. Most recently, he owned and operated the Conlon Group, providing strategic planning and business process improvement projects for local and national companies.Also joining GAP, as...
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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,...