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  • Ten Senate Democrats whose votes are pivotal to the success of climate legislation urged the Obama administration on Thursday [Aug. 6] to support levying tariffs on goods from countries that don't limit their greenhouse-gas emissions.President Barack Obama has resisted the idea, saying it would send "protectionist signals" to the world.In a letter to Obama, the lawmakers said it was...
  • With the Chinese real estate market recovering in the first half of the year, the glass industry–which supplies float glass for windows, doors and other household construction uses–is riding the wave.Li Bing, owner of a small float glass enterprise in Wuhan, said his business grew at a surprisingly rapid pace during the second quarter.“The price of float glass is up almost...
  • Glaston Corp.'s board of directors has appointed Arto Metsänen as the new president and CEO of the company. He will start at his new position Sept.1, 2009, according to an Aug. 5 release.Metsänen's predecessor, Mika Seitovirta, and Glaston Corp. agreed that he'd resign Aug. 5.Chief Financial Officer Kimmo Lautanen takes CEO responsibilities for the company Aug.6-31....
  • Measuring Residual Stresses in Glass Products, a new technical and professional training course sponsored by ASTM International, focuses on using non-destructive photo-elastic methods of stress analysis in quality control processes to improve yield, productivity, and help prevent costly field failures, according to an Aug. 4 release. This new course covers: principles of stress measurement in...
  • Construction spending in June totaled $966 billion at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, 0.3 percent above the revised May estimate but 10 percent  below the June 2008 level, the Census Bureau reported on Monday [Aug. 3]. Private residential spending was up 0.5 percent for the month but down 30 percent from a year earlier, as new single-family construction increased 2.4 ...
  • Workers with CBO Glass installed glass panels Monday [Aug. 3] to begin enclosing the atrium of the Carousel Center mall addition in Syracuse [N.Y.].Work on the expansion, the first phase of the proposed Destiny USA complex, came to a halt in June after Citigroup stopped advancing money on a $155 million loan to the project, according to an Aug. 4 Syracuse.com report.
  • The willingness of some Democrats to drop the "card check" portion of a union organizing bill has led opponents of the measure to intensify their attack on another major provision: binding arbitration if a new union and management can't agree on a first contract within 120 days."We suspected from the beginning that the binding arbitration was packaged with the elimination of the...
  • Today Sapa, Sweden, completed its purchase of U.S. aluminum extrusion company, Indalex, in accordance with the terms of the asset purchase agreement entered into between them on June 16, 2009, according to a July 31 release.As a part of the purchase, Sapa acquired Indalex’s 11 active plants, six in the U.S. and five in Canada, with two cast houses and 29 presses and a total...
  • In another sign that the recession is easing and companies are looking ahead to growth in 2010, several leading industry firms announced plans to expand their presence at this fall’s GlassBuild America Expo in Atlanta.“This news is a strong indication that the markets are recovering and firms are refocusing on growth. It is equally heartening that these firms – and the hundreds...
  • In its long history, St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church in downtown Baltimore has seen its share of saints, sinners and Baltimore weather.The first two have been easier to accommodate than the third, which has taken its toll on the church. A costly renovation is under way to make amends.A few days ago, workers climbed scaffolding and removed two fragile stained-glass windows from the church's...
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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...