Latest News in Fabrication

  • 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...
  • Scheuten Glas company has built a 10,000-square-meter hall in its plant in Venlo, close to the border between Germany and the Netherlands, to manufacture insulating glass, according to an April 14 Bystronic release.The initial concept for this plant was made in 2006. At the time, Scheuten already manufactured laminated glass, single-lite safety glass, enameled glass and coated glass in the...
  • The vision of building-integrated photovoltaics vision is often stunning: "high-performance buildings" sporting photovoltaic "skin," their roofs, glass, and walls alive with the steady, daily flow of photons being converted to electrons, the structures' energy needs more than met by the e-juice provided by the PV integrated into their own construction materials.But the reality...
  • Construction started last month on the Shard of Glass skyscraper at London Bridge. The 80-story tower will be one of the tallest skyscrapers in Europe when it is completed in 2012, according to an April 13 SmartBrief report.
  • Climate czar Carol Browner said she wants Congress to establish a broad U.S. greenhouse-gas policy before global climate-change talks near the end of the year.Speaking at a conference Monday at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Browner said she is confident Congress can move forward on a climate-change policy, citing hearings scheduled for next week on sweeping legislation proposed by...
  • As the economy sheds jobs, community colleges across the country are reporting a surge of unemployed workers enrolling in courses that offer training for "green-collar" jobs.Students are learning how to install solar panels, repair wind turbines, produce biofuels and do other work related to renewable energy."I think the opportunities in this field are going to be huge," said...
  • The fight over a stalled bill that would make it easier for unions to organize workers is entering a new round, with the nation's largest business association and big labor unions gearing up competing efforts to sway a small group of senators.The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is launching a $1 million television advertising campaign that takes a new line of attack against the Employee Free Choice Act...
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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...