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  • 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...
  • Four years to the date of breaking ground on their new headquarters, J.E. Berkowitz [Pedricktown, N.J.] has once again made history by installing one of New Jersey's largest solar panel systems.The 7,200-panel solar array set on the 180,000 square foot roof of the J.E Berkowitz headquarters will produce close to two million kWh of electricity per year, according to a June 24 nj.com report.
  • Solar photovoltaic manufacturer Tenesol [France] has increased the production capacity at its Cape Town facility, following a €1,5 million investment.The plant can now produce 85-MW peak of solar modules a year.The Cape Town facility bolstered production with the addition of two new Tabber Stringer machines, which arrived at the start of June, and were now fully operational after a week...
  • Officials at Guardian Industries, Auburn Hills, Mich., announced the results of an independent performance study today that proves EcoGuard Solar Boost-LP, the company's laminated parabolic mirror for concentrated solar power applications, provides industry-leading performance, according to a June 24 release.Tests conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory compared the reflectance...
  • Officials at Solutia Inc., St. Louis, announced the jury members for the first annual Solutia World of Color Awards: Inspired by Vanceva, according to a June 24 release. The international competition pays tribute to architects, interior designers, furniture designers and other industry professionals who have creatively used Vanceva® color interlayers for laminated glass in their work.Read the...
  • As Glaston Corp., Finland, puts more emphasis on its production and sourcing operations it differentiates production, sourcing and delivery operations into a separate function within the Machines segment and Pekka Huuhka has been appointed Glaston's senior vice president, supply chain, as of Aug. 1, 2010. Huuhka will be a member of Glaston Corp.'s Executive Management Group and...
  • The number of CEOs planning to ramp up hiring is at the highest level since mid-2007, according to a survey that suggests big U.S. companies are growing more confident about the economic recovery.The Business Roundtable, an association of CEOs of big U.S. companies, said Wednesday its survey shows 39 percent of chief executives expect to boost their payrolls in the second half of 2010. Only 17...
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  • Officials from Tennessee’s Heritage Glass temporarily suspended operations on May 27, according to a company release, as reported by News Channel 11 in Johnson City, Tennessee. Executives say they are exploring a “potential reinvestment and reorganization situation” for the company.Heritage Glass was formed last year when the company purchased the former AGC North America Blue Ridge glass...
  • 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...