Latest News in Fabrication

  • 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...
  • In a structure as theatrical as the shows for which it sells tickets, the TKTS Booth, long a fixture in the heart of Times Square, has been made over into a glass structure that would not have been possible without the strength and protection of DuPont SentryGlas interlayers.For more than 30 years, New York City theater-goers have bought TKTS theater tickets from a construction trailer in Times...
  • The value of nonresidential building starts plunged 23 percent in March, while civil works starts jumped 15 percent, Reed Construction Data reported [April 9], based on data it compiled. Comparing the first quarters of 2009 and 2008, building starts fell 8 percent in value but 18 percent in square footage. The value of the largest building category, schools/colleges, was unchanged, but...
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  • 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...
  • AGC Glass Company North America, a leading manufacturer of glass and glass-related products, announced Dec. 30 the sale of the assets of its U.S. Commercial Fabrication business unit to Trulite Glass Solutions LLC.AGC holds a leading position in primary products, and will continue to focus on the core strength of the business in manufacturing glass and innovating new coating technologies. In...
  • Officials from Trulite Glass & Aluminum Solutions LLC today announced the company has acquired the U.S. commercial fabrication assets of AGC Glass Company North America Inc. AGC’s residential assets are not part of the acquisition and will be retained by AGC. Financial terms of the private transaction were not disclosed. “This acquisition will allow Trulite to continue to better serve...