Latest News in Fabrication

  • Construction employment continued to suffer significant declines in the majority of metropolitan areas according to an analysis of federal employment data released by the Associated General Contractors of America. The figures reflect continued weak private, state and local demand as well as a lack of long–term projects caused by stalled federal infrastructure bills, association officials...
  • The Topeka, Kan.-based Glass Association of North America's Decorative Division launched a Web site featuring decorative glass products, according to a June 30 release. The site offers both educational and informative information to architects, designers and others in the industry. It includes a comprehensive glossary of terms and product types, a gallery illustrating the aesthetically pleasing...
  • St. Louis-based Solutia Inc.'s Performance Films segment got a $356,000 grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, entitled “Recovery Act: Advanced Energy Efficient Building Technologies,” from the U.S. Department of Energy, according to a June 30 release. The awarded funds have been earmarked for the continued research, development and commercialization of high-...
  • Construction professionals expect the industry recession to start to turnaround by the end of the year, according to a survey in this week’s issue of Engineering News-Record magazine and on ENR.com, published by McGraw-Hill Construction, according to a June 29 release. The ENR Construction Industry Confidence Index for the second quarter of 2010 shows that construction and design firm...
  • Representatives from Glass Association of North America, Topeka, Kan., attended last week's meeting of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers 90.1 Committee in Albuquerque, N.M., according to a June 29 release. Urmilla Sowell, GANA's technical director and Tom Culp, energy code consultant for GANA and the Aluminum Extruders Council, Wauconda,...
  • The collaboration between Dyesol Inc. and Pilkington North America [Toledo] has resulted in the formation of a new company, DyeTec Solar to mass produce building integrated photovoltaics.The new company plans to develop a solution using existing technology processes for the mass production of BIPV, AIPV (Automotive Integrated Photovoltaics), as well as interior PV generating glass based products...
  • First Solar Inc. [Tempe, Ariz.] is the world's largest solar-panel maker. Now, it wants to compete with fossil-fuel power generators.In addition to making flat, glass panels that convert sunlight into electricity, First Solar has built some of the largest solar farms in the U.S. including a 21-megawatt facility in Blythe, Calif., owned by NRG Energy Inc. and a 10-megawatt plant in Boulder...
  • Alcoa [Pittsburgh] announced today it has agreed to purchase privately held Traco [Cranberry Township, Pa.], a premier maker of windows and doors for the commercial building and construction market, according to a June 28 release. Traco will become part of Alcoa’s global Building and Construction Systems business. Terms were not disclosed.Read the full release.
  • New construction starts in May climbed 3 percent from the previous month, McGraw-Hill Construction reported on Tuesday [June 22], based on data it collected. “Nonresidential building showed improvement after weak activity in April, and residential building edged upward. However, nonbuilding construction retreated in May, following April’s elevatedamount of new public works and...
  • C.R.Laurence Co., Los Angeles, acquired the supply division of the Italian Vitrododi International Co., effective June, 30, according to a June 25 release.For three generations Vitrododi has been operating in the glass field supplying machines and tools. The Milan-based company serves several markets, predominantly across Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. The business was established in...
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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...