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  • 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...
  • Measures of U.S. manufacturing and consumer confidence last month unexpectedly jumped to their highest levels since the credit crisis intensified in September, indicating the economy is on the mend.The Institute for Supply Management’s factory index rose to 40.1 from 36.3 in March; readings less than 50 signal a contraction. The Reuters/University of Michigan final index of consumer...
  • More than 50 glass and glazing companies exhibited at the AIA 2009 National Convention and Design Exposition, April 30-May 2, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The event is hosted by the American Institute of Architects, Washington, D.C.Many of those companies had the environment top of mind, and touted their green products. Oldcastle Glass, Santa Monica, Calif., showed its SunGlass Solar...
  • Nonresidential to see moderating decline during rest of 2009Robert A. Murray, vice president of economic affairs for McGraw-Hill Construction, New York, said construction starts will continue to decline through the remainder of 2009, but at a slowing rate. Murray spoke during the presentation, The Construction Outlook: Implications for Architecture Firms, May 1 at the American Institute of...
  • Vitro S.A.B. de C.V., Mexico, one of the world's largest producers and distributors of glass products, today announced 1Q'09 unaudited results. Year over year consolidated net sales declined 34.5 percent affected by a 34.0 percent peso depreciation during last 12 months 1Q'09, lower volumes and the deconsolidation of Comegua--the company's glass container subsidiary in Central America.
  • Oldcastle Glass, Santa Monica, Calif., offers high quality, realistic Building Information Modeling objects for select engineered architectural aluminum products through Reed Construction Data’s proprietary SmartBIM Library, according to an April 30 release. Oldcastle Glass SmartBIM Objects were developed in partnership with Reed Construction Data, a division of Reed Business...
  • The AIA 2009 National Convention and Design Exposition, hosted by the American Institute of Architects, Washington, D.C., kicked off April 30 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.JE Berkowitz LP, Pedricktown, N.J., showed several new glass products, including a geometric point support system that features curves and shaped glass pieces.JE Berkowitz LP also showed its Invisawall point support...
  • State unemployment rates were nearly all higher in March, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on April 17, as 46 states recorded over-the-month unemployment rate increases, North Dakota and the District of Columbia registered decreases, and Georgia, New York and Rhode Island had no change. Over the year, jobless rates were up everywhere, according to an April 29 report from the Associated...
  • Real (net of inflation) gross domestic product tumbled 6.1 percent in the first quarter at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, following a 6.3 percent decline in the fourth quarter of 2008, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported today. Real investment in "nonresidential structures decreased 44 percent, compared with a decrease of 9.4 percent. ... Real residential fixed investment...
  • Stuart Dean Co., New York, and GlasWeld, Bend, Ore., created a strategic alliance to form one of the largest glass restoration companies in North America, according to an April 29 release. A key objective for both companies is to provide a significant and positive impact on the environment by repairing glass and other surfaces, rather than replacing it. This approach to...
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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...