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  • Few states were immune from construction employment declines this July based on an analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. That analysis found that 47 states saw declines in construction employment, while only two states saw increases and one saw no change in construction employment between July 2008 and July 2009."There aren't a...
  • Nearly a century ago, American engineer Frank Shuman erected five immense, trough-shaped mirrors in Meadi, Egypt. The parabolic reflectors directed sunlight onto a tube suspended above their 200-foot lengths. Water inside the tubes boiled and created steam. The steam powered a 65-horsepower engine, which pumped 6,000 gallons of water per minute from the Nile River to nearby cotton fields. It was...
  • Glass buildings are not suitable for Qatar and if at all they are built, architects should choose the right type of glass and coatings, experts have warned. The large number of glass buildings in Qatar absorb heat and spread it to their surroundings, said coastal and environmental geomorphologist Andrea Richmond, according to an Aug. 27 Gulf Times report.
  • Impurities in the glass may be the cause of panels falling from Brisbane [Australia] buildings, according to Lord Mayor Campbell Newman.Police closed off Eagle Street in the CBD this morning, after glass crashed to the street at Riparian Plaza.It is believed the glass was from part of the pool fencing on level 39 of the building, according to an Aug. 27 Brisbane Times report.
  • The benchmark Nikkei average fell 1.8 percent and the broader Topix dropped 1.7 percent on Thursday [Aug. 27].Nippon Sheet Glass slid 6.7 percent to 336 yen [$3.6] after Stuart Chambers said he will step down as chief executive of Nippon Sheet Glass to spend more time with his family, after a stint of a little more than a year as one of the few foreigners to head a Japanese firm.See related...
  • Cambridge, Ohio-based Edgetech’s regional sales manager, Jim Plavecsky, will once again present at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s Architects of a Better Mind on Sept. 30.  The seminar will be held in conjunction with GlassBuild America : The Glass, Window & Door Expo, in Atlanta, Sept. 30-Oct. 2.Architects of a Better Mind is an...
  • A new low-iron patterned glass furnace with a daily capacity of 500 tons, or 393,000 square feet per day, started on Aug. 23 at the Wuhu plant of Xinyi Glass, according to an Aug. 26 company release.In addition, the existing furnace at the plant, with a daily capacity of 300 tons or 236,000 square feet per day, produces Sol-Clear patterned solar glass. That furnace has been in...
  • The U.K. double glazing industry is seeing a steady uptake in the development of more energy efficient uPVC windows since the introduction of the new window ratings system by the British Fenestration Rating Council.The BFRC Scheme is the U.K.'s national system for rating the energy efficiency of windows and is recognized within the Building Regulations as a method to show compliance for your...
  • Stuart Chambers is to step down as chief executive of Nippon Sheet Glass Co. to spend more time with his family, after a stint of a little more than a year as one of the few foreigners to head a Japanese company.Nippon Sheet Glass, which makes glass used in cars, construction and for the production of electronics, said on Wednesday [Aug. 26] Chairman Katsuji Fujimoto would assume the CEO post...
  • The Obama administration should consider $20 billion in loan guarantees or insurance for small manufacturers cut out of credit markets, a private-industry advisory panel to the U.S. Commerce Department said.The council, 14 executives representing General Dynamics Corp., Nucor Corp. and other companies, said small manufacturers can’t get loans to fund operations or investments. The group...
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  • John Swanson, editor and associate publisher of Window & Door, passed away on Sunday, January 19, 2014, in Manhattan. He was 52 years old.John started his publishing career at Ashlee Publishing in New York City in 1984. He was founding editor of fenestration, launched in 1987, the first North American magazine specifically targeting the residential window and door market. There he...
  • BairdThomsenKevin Baird has been named president of the Global Flat Glass Group for Guardian Industries Corp., and will assume full profit and loss responsibility of the business unit, according to a Jan. 10 announcement from the company. Baird replaces Scott Thomsen, who resigned for health reasons.Most recently, Baird has been president and CEO of SRG Global Inc., a Guardian company. SRG...
  • Apogee Enterprises, Inc. has acquired Alumicor Ltd., the Toronto-based fabricator of aluminum frames for window, storefront, entrance and curtain-wall products for the Canadian commercial construction market. The transaction is valued at approximately $52 million.Alumicor will be the seventh stand-alone business in the Apogee portfolio. Apogee is also parent company of Viracon, Harmon,...