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  • Maximize regional strengthsNot unique from any economic development strategy, it is important to examine community assets to boost green job development. Toledo is nicknamed the Glass City because it is known as a major glass manufacturer. Unfortunately, Toledo lost one-third of its manufacturing jobs since 2000, leaving excess manufacturing capacity and a highly skilled workforce. Although it...
  • The Glass and Glazing Federation (Gulf) is aiming to target a 25-strong membership to form a body and lobby the UAE Government for standardization of glass codes, according to its chief executive. "One of the issues here is that manufacturers and processors work to very high technical standards but they are all different - American, Japanese, British or European. The idea of the federation...
  • Kawneer Co. has made a significant investment in the expansion of capabilities at its 52,000 square foot Austell, Ga., facility, according to a Feb. 9 release. This marks an important step for the company as it continues to invest in the business for long-term growth. The new improvements, costing approximately $1 million, will provide customers with a broader range of resources, as well as...
  • French construction materials and solar equipment producer Saint Gobain has bought the remaining 70 percent of shares it did not already own in solar panel manufacturer Solarwood Technologies for an undisclosed sum.Solarwood Technologies manufactures PV roof tiles at its facility in Foetz, Luxemburg. The plant has an annual capacity of 15MW, which Saint Gobain intents to increase to 30MW....
  • On Feb. 1, officials from Arch Aluminum & Glass Co., Tamarac, Fla., announced the company emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, following the asset purchase by Arch Glass Acquisition Corp., an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners. Below is an exclusive interview with Arch President and CEO Leon Silverstein about the bankruptcy process, the status of the company and the 2010 outlook. ...
  • Asahi Glass just released its Q3 earning results yesterday [Feb. 4]. It is always difficult to judge if the performance was strong because Japanese companies do not give guidance for Q1 and Q3. However, the company has announced an upward revision to FY12/09 full year guidance, which implies Q4 sales of JPY328bn. The new Q4 sales expectations are not that impressive, which implies a strong...
  • Overall U.S. job growth continued to be undermined by the severe downturn affecting the construction industry as another 75,000 construction workers lost their jobs in January 2010 and the industry's unemployment rate jumped to 24.7 percent, according to federal employment figures released today [Feb. 5]. Excluding construction job losses, nonfarm payroll employment actually rose for the second...
  • Looking to gain more financial and operating flexibility, PGT Inc., N. Venice, Fla., has announced a special dividend consisting of rights to purchase shares of the window and door manufacturer's common stock with an aggregate value of about $30 million, according to a Feb. 3 Window & Door report.
  • Alcoa [Pittsburgh] announced today a re-alignment of its Engineered Products and Solutions business to accelerate its growth. The EPS business is composed of Alcoa units that serve the aerospace, automotive, commercial transportation, building and construction, and oil and gas markets. The EPS businesses reported revenues totaling nearly $4.7 billion in 2009.As part of the restructuring, two new...
  • The Protective Glazing Council International, Topeka, Kan., will host its second Webinar in the 2010 monthly Webinar series at noon, Feb. 26. The hour-long Webinars, created primarily for architects, building owners, specifiers, glazing contractors and others in the architectural community, are free and focus on various industry topics, according to a Feb. 3 release.John Bush, industry...
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  • PPG Industries today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to sell substantially all the assets of its Mt. Zion, Ill., glass manufacturing facility to automotive glass manufacturer Fuyao Glass America Inc. The sale is expected to close in the third quarter 2014, subject to customary closing conditions. Financial terms were not disclosed.The Mt. Zion facility currently manufactures...
  • Officials from Cardinal Glass Industries announced July 3 that its subsidiary Cardinal CT Company acquired the assets of Catalina Tempering Inc. and its subsidiaries. The terms of the agreement are undisclosed.Catalina operates seven regional custom tempering facilities serving the residential window and door market. “Over the last ten years, Catalina has built its business based on quality...
  • AGC Glass Company North America announced it will be consolidating its fabrication capabilities in Jacksonville, Fla., into the company’s more than 200,000 square foot facility in Lithia Springs, Ga. The consolidation of the Jacksonville operations into Lithia Springs should be completed no later than the fourth quarter of 2014.The Lithia Springs plant is AGC’s new state-of-the-art facility and...