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  • 3M [with U.S. headquarters in St. Paul, Minn.] announced today that the National Fenestration Rating Council [Greenbelt, Md.] has certified a range of the company’s window films. These films include 3M’s metal-free Prestige Series, which blocks 66 percent of the sun’s heat streaming through windows and 99.9 percent of the ultraviolet rays. NFRC certification...
  • Credit Union Centre [Saskatoon, Saskatchewan] is hoping that a hockey game will no longer be a smashing experience. Following frequent delays due to broken glass, eight panes broken in total so far this year, the building is undergoing a complete evaluation of its first generation seamless glass system, according to a Nov. 14 Saskatoonhomepage.com report.
  • Some downtown Dallas streets were closed after a window washing platform broke several panes on a skyscraper and sent glass tumbling more than 40 stories.Dallas police say nobody was on the platform when the accident happened Thursday morning. Authorities are looking into whether a motor malfunctioned, according to a Nov. 13 chron.com report.
  • Now that the stained-glass windows at Hackley Public Library [Muskegon, Mich.] have been restored, it's time to thank those who made the expensive proposition possible.As part of the restoration, thermal windows that protect the stained glass were replaced. Those windows were installed in 1977, and at that time a big goof was made, which went unnoticed until Stained Glass by Shenandoah [Front...
  • Asahi Glass Co. and Nippon Sheet Glass Co., Asia's two largest glassmakers, dropped in Tokyo trading after they and two rivals were fined by the European Union over claims they fixed car window prices.Asahi Glass shares fell 5 percent to 515 yen [$5.4] at the close of trading today on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Nippon Sheet Glass tumbled 9 percent to 314 yen [$3.3], the biggest drop since Oct...
  • South Africa’s glass industry was operating at 93.9 percent of its overall production capacity in August this year, as compared with 90.4 percent of capacity in the same month in 2007, according to a Nov. 7 Statistics South Africa report. The main reason given by glass industry companies for not operating at full capacity in August 2008 was low demand from consumers.According to another...
  • Meltdown Glass Art & Design LLC, Chandler, Ariz., will expand operation and move fabrication into a larger production studio. The expansion will increase the company's capacity four times, according to a company newsletter Nov. 13. The expansion also will shorten lead times to better serve customer needs. For most jobs the lead time will be five weeks, according to the newsletter report...
  • The Protective Glazing Council Annual Symposium ended with a Building Owner’s Perspective Panel. Joseph Smith, Applied Research Associates, Albuquerque, N.M., moderated the panel of three: Willie Hirano, engineer, Office of Construction Programs, Public Buildings Service, GSA; Ron Burton, Building Owners and Managers Association, Washington, D.C.; and John Knezevich, president,...
  • Speakers at the PGC International Annual Symposium, Nov. 11-13, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, Va., ended the program with multiple presentations on sustainable design and market trends, and a panel discussion.Harvey Bernstein, vice president, Industry Analytics, Alliances & Strategic Initiative, McGraw-Hill Construction, spoke about The View Ahead: Construction Outlook, Green...
  • The EU's antitrust chief fined car glass producers Asahi, Pilkington, Saint-Gobain and Soliver more than 1.3 billion euros ($1.66 billion) for price-fixing, the largest sum ever levied by the EU for a cartel. France's Compagnie de Saint-Gobain SA must pay 896 million euros ($1.14 billion) — more than any other company has been fined before. 
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  • 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...
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