Latest News in Commercial Glass

  • Daniel Libeskind recently unveiled a soaring green skyscraper for New York that is constructed of mostly glass and stands to be the city’s tallest residential structure at 900 feet. Dubbed the New York Tower at One Madison Avenue, the 54-story apartment building features a series of ‘sky gardens‘ cut out from its facade that provide green space and terraced balconies for...
  • The smell of fresh paint drifts through an almost empty warehouse. Near the back researchers inspect a solar panel that's lighter and more flexible than traditional models.Within the last year, the number of employees at Xunlight Corp. has grown from 16 to 64. And there's plenty of room for more. 
  • Glass manufacturer Pilkington is ending production in Plymouth [U.K.] with the loss of 52 jobs.The firm blamed the economic downturn which had led to a drop in demand for replacement windows which it makes on site at Estover.Manufacturing operations will be transferred to Pilkington's factory in Bristol from the end of December, according to a Dec. 5 BBC News report. 
  • The Department of Labor and Industries recently completed its study and discovered that Cardinal CG Tumwater [Wash.] had two serious safety violations following the death of an employee in the Thurston County facility four months ago.“The purpose of our investigation was to look at the requirements,” said L&I spokesperson Elaine Fischer. “It doesn’t reflect on the...
  • The sudden downturn in the automotive and construction industries has given AGC Flat Glass Europe, Brussels, the opportunity to bring forward the planned repair of one of its thee float glass furnaces in Teplice, Czech Republic, according to a Dec. 5 AGC release. The furnace will be shut down at the beginning of December, after 12 years of uninterrupted production. It will be fully rebuilt,...
  • Turkey exported glass and glass products worth $887 million in the first 10 months of this year, as compared with $681 million in the same period in 2007, according to a Dec. 1 report from Turkey’s State Statistics Institute. Turkish imports of the same types of commodities in the January to October period this year were worth $521 million, as against $508 million in the corresponding...
  • Officials at the Activar Construction Products Group, Minneapolis, announced that effective Dec. 15, all customer service team members for JL Industries, Bloomington, Minn., Samson Products, City of Commerce, Calif., Air Louvers, City of Commerce, and Hiawatha, Bloomington, will be located in a consolidated, nationwide call center in Minnesota, according to a Dec. 3 ACPG release. Customer service...
  • Butterfly wings could be used to develop new self-cleaning windows, scientists said.French researchers have developed a technique for replicating the microscopic surface of the insects' wings, which repel water and dirt.
  • Companies seeking to take First Solar's place at the top of the thin-film solar panel market won't have an easy time of it – even if investors are hungry to find such a contender.The Phoenix-based maker of cadmium-telluride panels has driven its production costs to as low as $1.08 per watt in the third quarter of 2008, down from $1.18 in the previous quarter and $1.23 in 2007.
  • PPG Industries, Pittsburgh, will discontinue the PRC insulating glass sealants business, according to a Dec. 2 company release. Officials cited declining demand in the North American residential construction market as the primary reason for this decision.Production would cease by March 15, 2009, at its Gloucester City, N.J., insulating glass sealants manufacturing facility, which employs...
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  • Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope, a CRH Group company, has executed a binding agreement, subject to regulatory approval, to acquire C.R. Laurence Co. Inc., according to an August 27 release.Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, CRL will continue to be independently managed and operated as a subsidiary of OBE and will retain all existing management structures and personnel. The company has eight...
  • Altus Capital Partners, an investment firm focused on middle market manufacturing companies in the United States, acquired GED Integrated Solutions Inc., according to a June 11 announcement. The acquisition will support GED’s continued growth, according to the release. The financial terms of the investment were not disclosed.“We are very excited to now be partnering with Altus Capital Partners as...
  • 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...