Latest News in Fabrication

  • Intermolecular Inc. today [July 6] announced the signing of a multi-year collaborative development program and technology licensing agreement with Guardian Industries Corp. of Auburn Hills, Mich. Guardian is the world’s largest manufacturer of coated glass for automotive, architectural and other applications.The partnership between Intermolecular and Guardian addresses the development and...
  • Mexican glass manufacturer Vitro SAB said Tuesday [July 6] it has temporarily suspended operations at its flat glass plant in Monterrey due to flooding and damage from the passage last week of Hurricane Alex.The Monterrey company said in a filing with the Mexican stock exchange that its glass containers plants weren't affected and continue operating normally, according to a report in The Wall...
  • The construction industry should prepare for another year of decline in nonresidential construction. Construction lost 35,000 more jobs in May. There have been losses in 31 out of 33 consecutive months, bringing the construction unemployment rate to 20.1 percent, according to FMI's 2nd Quarter 2010 Report.
  • What if a coal-fired power plant could use energy from the sun to reduce how much coal it needs to generate electricity?Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy said Wednesday [June 30] that it is testing a demonstration hybrid solar-coal project at its Cameo Generating Station near Grand Junction this year, according to a July 1 AP report.
  • The commitment was one of two Colorado-linked conditional loan guarantees announced today [July 5] by President Obama to support job-creation, innovation and investment in renewable energy.“Abound Solar is a New Energy Economy success story. I congratulate this innovative company on winning such significant support from the Department of Energy,” Gov. Ritter said. “Abound is...
  • Nonfarm payroll employment shrank by 125,000, seasonally adjusted, in June as the end of 225,000 temporary Census jobs swamped modest private-sector gains, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The unemployment rate was 9.6 percent, not seasonally adjusted (9.5 percent, seasonally adjusted, down from 9.7 percent in May). Construction employment fell 22,000, seasonally adjusted, to 5,582,...
  • Pilkington was once a national treasure. From its St. Helens base in England's northwest, it was a pioneer of the world of glassmaking.Now, that same cradle of innovation is an operational outpost of a disparate Japanese empire.The Merseyside town is these days better known for its rugby league side rather than its iconic manufacturer, according to a July 1 Daily Mail report.
  • Construction spending shrank again in May, dropping 8 percent from a year earlier, although homebuilding and stimulus-funded public works increased from year-ago levels, according to AGC's analysis of new Census Bureau data."Stimulus has made a difference, but Congress needs to provide long-term funding for transportation and water projects to assure further economic growth," said Ken...
  • The CSP Summit was held this past week in San Francisco.  Many of the leading companies in the space were present, and the following represents some of the highlights, according to a June 30 GreentechSolar.com report.
  • The American Architectural Manufacturers Association, Schaumburg, Ill., has joined forces with Associated Labs Inc., Dallas, to offer insulating glass certification, according to a July 1 release. The two organizations will work together to broaden accessibility to IG certification programs, just in time for the National Fenestration Rating Council's imminent requirement for IG certification...
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  • Last week, officials from Ontario, Canada-based State Window Corp. announced the launch of Integro Building Systems, a significant new entry in the North American curtain wall construction sector, according to a May 5 company release.A company incorporated in Canada, Integro is a partnership among State and a number of notable construction industry leaders. Integro will design, manufacture, and...
  • Officials from Eastman Chemical Co. announced its subsidiary Southwall Insulating Glass will exit the insulating glass business in Chicago later this year. The site primarily produces Heat Mirror Insulating Glass, which provides performance beyond triple-pane IG, but with the same weight as dual-pane IG, according to officials. Company officials said the business is expected to close "in the...
  • The 2015 Glazing Executives Forum will center on the state of the architectural glass and metals industry, addressing the overall economic climate, labor and supply challenges, project management and succession planning for contract glazing companies, and more.“The goal of this year’s event is to provide attendees with strategies to successfully navigate today’s industry, which is rapidly...