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  • Despite the widespread troubles in the financial markets, the solar photovoltaic sector experienced only a temporary slide in demand in the second half of 2009 - and the outlook has since become far more positive.U.S. films producer Solutia [St. Louis] suggests the global PV market should grow at 25 percent /year in the coming years, whereas compatriot chemical giant DuPont is targeting a 50...
  • Walking the walk is key when playing the environmental game, which is why we’re thrilled to report that the United States Department of Energy has completed their new zero-energy research building in Colorado. It clocks in at 222,000 square feet and is the largest zero-energy building in the United States. Boasting 50 percent less energy usage than a conventional building of its size...
  • For decades, modern office buildings have been pretty much covered in glass curtain walls. Some are high performance and very expensive, like the super-green LEED Platinum Bank of America Building at 1 Bryant Park in New York, or they can be the standard crappy suburban office building thrown up across North America, looking the same in California or Calgary, according to a July 6 Treehugger...
  • 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.
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  • Altus Capital Partners, an investment firm focused on middle market manufacturing companies in the United States, acquired GED Integrated Solutions Inc., according to a June 11 announcement. The acquisition will support GED’s continued growth, according to the release. The financial terms of the investment were not disclosed.“We are very excited to now be partnering with Altus Capital Partners as...
  • 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...