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  • Part four of the e-glass regional construction report
    Read Glass Magazine’s 2008 forecast here

    Contract glaziers say impact market continues grow
    Although the South was voted to have the healthiest construction market in a Nov. 13 e-glass poll, recent economic indicators show growth is beginning to slow in the region. Architectural billings, which serve as a six-month forecast for construction activity, have started to weaken ...
  • During the last week, a number of glass company managers contacted e-glass weekly about an apparent spree of ordering scams that could cost companies thousands of dollars if not detected ...

  • Part three of four

    The Northeast has one major asset in the face of the nationwide residential construction slump: New York. The 23-square-mile city that never sleeps has been resilient to the housing decline affecting the rest of the country and has even experienced a luxury residential building boom ...

  • About 100 people attended the Annual Symposium by the Protective Glazing Council of Topeka, Kan., at the Crystal City Marriott, Arlington, Va., Nov. 28-29. Sessions were chock-full of information on the history as well as updates on codes and standards, insurance practices, and new products and trends in the market...
  • The European Union fined four glass companies a total of about $724 million on Nov. 28 for conspiring to raise European market prices for flat glass. EU officials state that the four companies coordinated several simultaneous price increases between 2004 and 2005 ...
  • While total construction starts remained unchanged from September, nonresidential building increased 9 percent to $22.8 billion ...

  • Part two of four

    While the Midwest commercial construction market is not experiencing dazzling growth, contractors say it remains steady with some areas of growth. The region’s construction market has been unaffected by the financial market downturn ...

  • Nippon Sheet Glass Co., Japan, returned to profit in the second quarter, which ended Sept. 30, with $42 million net income, according to financial statements released Nov. 21. For the same quarter last year, NSG reported a loss of $35 million ...

  • Nonresidential construction economy vibrant in short term


    Part one of four

    The October Architectural Billings Index from the American Institute of Architects, Washington, D.C., released Nov. 16, projects a slowdown for nonresidential construction, as billings slow nationwide with the West hit hardest. The index, derived from a work-on-the-boards survey of architects, is a projection of nonresidential construction activity six months down the road ...

  • Architectural billings rebounded slightly in October, according to a Nov. 16 release from the American Institute of Architects, Washington, D.C. The Architectural Billings Index suffered a steep downturn from July to September, falling from 60 to 51.1. In October, the ABI edged up slightly to 53.2, according to the release ...
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