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  • The American Architectural Manufacturers Association, Schaumburg, Ill., has released the AAMA 1503-09, a voluntary test method for windows, doors and glazed wall sections, according to an April 17 release. The test method, titled "Voluntary Test Method for Thermal Transmittance and Condensation Resistance of Windows, Doors and Glazed Wall Sections," contains the latest...
  • PPG Industries Inc. was "put to the test" in 2008 by challenging global conditions, its chairman said yesterday, but widespread cost-cutting efforts should help it weather the economic storm.Last year "was difficult and dynamic" for the paints, glass and chemicals maker, Chairman Charles Bunch said during the Pittsburgh company's annual meeting at the David L. Lawrence...
  • The decline of union power in the United States is the driving force behind proposed legislation awaiting a Senate vote that would make it easier for workers to organize by doing away with secret-ballot elections. In 1983, when the Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking union membership data, 20.1 percent of the workforce was unionized. Fast forward to 2008 and only 12.4 percent of...
  • Solar manufacturer First Solar Inc. said Wednesday it will build the largest photovoltaic power plant in the U.S. near an existing facility in Nevada.Tempe, Ariz.-based First Solar said the 48-megawatt plant will produce power for roughly 30,000 homes. It will be added to the existing 10-megawatt El Dorado plant run by Sempra Generation in Boulder City, Nev., about 40 miles southeast of Las Vegas...
  • Apogee Enterprises Inc., Minneapolis, announced fiscal 2009 fourth quarter and full-year earnings April 6. Apogee provides distinctive value-added glass solutions for the architectural and picture framing industries.FY09 full year highlights Revenues were a record $925.5 million, an increase of 5 percent compared to the prior year.Earnings from continuing operations were a record $1.82...
  • Vitro Cristalglass, an affiliate of Vitro in Europe, is cooperating with the community of Madrid for the promotion of Plan Renove, a plan begun in 2008, for window replacements in single and multifamily homes, according to an April 15 release.The plan, authorized by the Government Council for the community of Madrid and agreed upon between Madrid’s Economic and Housing Council and the...
  • Glass Performance Days China registration is now open, according to an April 15 release. GPD China, with main themes "Renewable energy" and "Glass technology," will take place May 11-12 in Shanghai, just before China Glass, May 13-16. English and Chinese versions of the program are available. To attend the dinner sponsored by Glaston on May 11, ensure to...
  • The American Institute of Architects and its Committee on the Environment have selected the organization's Top 10 List of outstanding examples of environmentally responsible architecture and design for 2009.The honorees, which range from the Synergy segment of the sweeping Dockside Green redevelopment project in British Columbia to the community government center of a Northern California town,...
  • Colorado solar panel manufacturer Abound Solar Inc. opened its first, full-scale manufacturing plant Tuesday.Abound Solar, started in 2007 as a spin-off from Colorado State University [Fort Collins] and formerly known as AVA Solar, expects to create more than 300 jobs at the new plant in Longmont. At capacity, the plant is expected to produce enough panels to generate about 200 megawatts of power...
  • Passengers at Edinburgh's [U.K.] main railway station are to be protected by strengthened glass after a "near miss" involving a man who jumped to his death from a bridge above. An area of tough, dark glass under North Bridge will form part of Waverley station's new roof following police fears about the safety of travelers. It will involve replacing more than 17,000 glass...
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  • Officials from Saint-Gobain announced it acquired a controlling interest in Sika for $2.8 billion. Saint-Gobain purchased the controlling share—16.1 percent of Sika’s capital and 52.4 percent of its voting rights— in a confidential auction process from the Burkard-Schenker family, which owns the majority stake in Sika, according to a Dec. 8 Reuters report.“Given the proximity of Sika’s activities...
  • Trulite Glass & Aluminum Solutions LLC has finalized its acquisition of Houston-based Texas Tempered Glass Inc., a producer of high performance glass products for architectural, industrial, commercial and custom applications, as of Nov. 19, 2014. Financial terms of the private transaction were not disclosed.With the completion of this transaction, Trulite will expand its presence in the Texas...
  • Things are looking up for the worldwide glass industry, as an optimistic outlook and overall mood permeated the show floor during glasstec 2014, held Oct. 21-24 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Following glasstec 2012, a successful event in the face of economic uncertainty, glasstec 2014 indicated positive market developments after several years of a sluggish North American and worldwide economy....