Latest News in Fabrication

  • Construction spending increased 0.3 percent in March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $970 billion, the Census Bureau reported on Monday. The total was down 11 percent from March 2008. Private residential construction fell 4.1 percent for the month and 33 percent from a year earlier, private nonresidential rose 2.7 percent and 1.2 percent  and public construction rose 1.1...
  • The chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America, Arlington, Va., Ken Simonson, responded to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau showing a surprise uptick in nonresidential construction spending this past March.  Simonson explained that construction can be a lagging indicator and that much of the uptick was from a series of mega energy and...
  • DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions commercialized the first building-integrated photovoltaic modules to take advantage of new DuPont PV5300 Series encapsulant sheets, made of clear, super tough ionomer, according to a May 5 release.System Photonics S.p.A., Italy, uses new DuPont PV5300 Series encapsulant to improve module strength, durability and cost-per-watt efficiency of its new Roof Collection...
  • Glaston Corp., Finland, released its Jan. 1-March 31, 2009, interim report, according to a  May 5 release.“The glass processing machine market came to a halt in the final quarter of     2008," said Mika Seitovirta, president and CEO, in the release. "The inactive market situation continued in the first quarter in nearly all the market areas. The economic...
  • Edgetech I.G., Cambridge, Ohio, and LMI Custom Mixing, Cambridge, hosted approximately 50 pre-teens from Meadowbrook Middle School, Cambridge, according to a May 5 release. Broken into four groups, the students from Lisa Eibel’s sixth-grade reading classes received tours and presentations on manufacturing, product testing, product management and marketing.The large group of...
  • Redesigned Viracon.com offers new look, new tools for design communityViracon, the country’s leading single-source architectural glass fabricator, has introduced a new website. The new www.viracon.com offers new tools and features designed to make it easier than ever for architects, designers and glazing contractors to browse, find and store glass product information.“Based on...
  • Novum Structures, Menomonee Falls, Wis., showed its new ETFE, an extruded film technology that offers benefits including high transparency, high tensile strength, ultra-violet stability and lightweight characteristics. Novum featured ETFE as the roof of its booth.Cardinal Shower Enclosures, Louisville, Ky., has started producing cast-glass table tops and railings, pictured below. The company also...
  • Kawneer Co., Norcross, Ga., hosted three expo education programs during the AIA Convention: Achieving a LEED Strategy in Division 8: Glass and Glazing; Commercial Windows: Configuring and Selection; and Unitized Curtain Walls: Introduction and Installation Overview.Bendheim Wall Systems, Passaic, N.J., was also one of 36 companies to provide a continuing education program.The decorative division...
  • Every day in recent weeks, federal and state agencies have announced new projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the "stimulus" bill. The variety, speed and totals are impressive, given that the bill was signed less than three months ago.Unfortunately, stimulus funding is not enough to offset the continuing sharp downturn in private and state/local-funded...
  • An independent study has shown that architects and building owners can realize annual energy savings of more than $60,000 for a prototypical glass-walled, eight-story office building when substituting PPG's Solarban 70XL solar control, low-e glass in place of dual-pane tinted glass. The same study showed equipment costs for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) may be reduced by up to...
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  • 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...
  • The 2015 Glazing Executives Forum will center on the state of the architectural glass and metals industry, addressing the overall economic climate, labor and supply challenges, project management and succession planning for contract glazing companies, and more.“The goal of this year’s event is to provide attendees with strategies to successfully navigate today’s industry, which is rapidly...