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  • The U.S. economy went into recession in December 2007, after six years of growth. While glass and fenestration companies face challenges and belt tightening in the tougher times, the recession isn’t all bad news for the industry, said Michael E. Collins, a senior associate with Jordan, Knauff & Co., an investment banking firm in Chicago. “The industry is a lot leaner, a lot meaner, and a lot more efficient,” Collins said. “It will be better for the industry, long term.”

  • The Tempering Division of the Glass Association of North America, Topeka, Kan., discussed scraper warning labels, alternative cleaning methods and window washer collaborations during its Feb. 14 meeting at GlassWeek in Las Vegas.

  • During the Insulating Division meeting Feb. 14 at GlassWeek, Bill Yanek, executive vice president for the Glass Association of North America, Topeka, Kan., updated the group on the proposed merger of GANA and the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance, Ottawa, Ontario.

  • Roses and other cut flowers are always in season—if more popular perhaps on Valentine's Day—thanks to greenhouses. These hothouses provide a warm, safe environment in which all kinds of plants can thrive year-round. But what's good for the plants may not be good for the planet. It turns out that greenhouses aren't so green on the energy conservation front.The Dutch are working on...
  • Specialist glass manufacturer Romag has temporarily laid off 60 workers at its County Durham plant, as the company tries to cope with delays to several of its contracts.Romag, based in Leadgate near Consett [U.K.], yesterday said it expected to see an increase in first half profits, but admitted it had been necessary to send a quarter of its 240-strong workforce home for a period with customers...
  • New orders in the building industry fell by more than a quarter in the final three months of last year, suggesting a sharp deterioration in business investment that is likely to cut deeply into the U.K. economy this year.Construction orders were down by 26 percent, but the fall was even greater when a jump in volatile infrastructure orders was excluded, figures from the Office for National...
  • The Fire-Rated Glazing Council met Feb. 12, kicking off GlassWeek in Las Vegas. The program, hosted by the Glass Association of North America, Topeka, Kan., runs through Feb. 15, coinciding with the organization’s Building Envelope Contractors Conference that runs Feb. 15-17.

  • Solamatrix Inc. [Vancouver, B.C.] is pleased to announce the continued expansion of its worldwide distribution network by signing Patinamatrix (formerly Johnson Window Films UK) as the exclusive distributor for the United Kingdom and Ireland.Located in Southampton, in the south of England, Patinamatrix will market all Solamatrix brand window films including SUN-GARD solar control films and GLASS-...
  • Sejal Architectural Glass Ltd. [India], a leading player in the architectural glass solutions, as part of its strategic initiative to reach out to the masses, has introduced a fixed deposit scheme by inviting deposits from the public, shareholders and employees of the company.SAGL will offer non-cumulative and cumulative fixed deposit schemes for a period of 1, 2 and 3 years bearing an interest...
  • A federal court has refused to dismiss from multidistrict litigation a class action accusing the six largest U.S. flat glass manufacturers of price-fixing through a combination of energy surcharges and price increases, according to a Feb. 11 Law360 article.In an order signed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Judge Donetta W. Ambrose denied the six...
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  • 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...
  • 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...