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  • Here is an interview with Jim Stathopoulos, CEO of Ajay Glass and Mirror Co., Rochester, N.Y.Is it difficult to sustain growth in an industry like this one?Yes. For us, it's going to be difficult to sustain that type of growth because we're a very cyclical business. We're tied to the economy pretty strongly.What measures have you taken to combat the downturn?We don't like to take a lot of money...
  • GTS, Portland, Ore., a division of Pittsburgh Glass Works LLC, attained Microsoft Business Solutions Competency for Microsoft Dynamics GP in the Microsoft Partner Program, according to a Jan. 2 company release. The company is now a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. The Microsoft Business Solutions Competency is designed for partners with expertise in designing and/or...
  • As we say farewell to 2008 and greet 2009, Glass Magazine editors take a look back at the events that impacted the glass industry the most last year.The economy, clearly, influenced all industry segments in 2008. Wall Street rang out its worst year since the Great Depression on Dec. 31, 2008, leaving shareholders $6.9 trillion poorer, according to an article in The Washington Post. The S...
  • Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology [Boston] have developed a special kind of dye that can transform windows into photovoltaic solar panels, according to an article published in the journal Science.The new technology could be in commercial production within the next three years, researchers say. Beyond simply powering individual homes, it could even be used to...
  • Two Chinese companies have proposed a massive, 1-gigawatt solar photovoltaic power plant in China's northwest, one that would be the worlds biggest if it's completed.The China Technology Development Group Corp. and Qinghai New Energy Co. announced this week that they had formed an agreement with local Chinese officials to start the project, according to a report from research firm JL McGregor...
  • The Associated General Contractors of America, Arlington, Va., released estimates on Tuesday of the impact of construction investment on jobs, gross domestic product and personal earnings for the U.S. and each state. The estimates show that $1 billion of infrastructure spending supports $3.4 billion of GDP, $1.1 billion of personal earnings and 28,500 jobs. Approximately 9,700 (34 percent)...
  • PPG Industries Inc. [Pittsburgh] issued a fourth-quarter earnings view below analysts' expectations as its domestic industrial customers have been cutting production and taking longer to replenish inventories, reflecting weaker consumer demand and tight credit markets.The maker of paints, glass and chemicals expects earnings of 35 cents to 45 cents per share for the quarter. Analysts polled by...
  • Officials at Viracon, Owatonna, Minn., announced a profit sharing payout for the fourth quarter of $472 per employee, rounding out total payout for the past 12 months to more than $2,200 per employee, according to a Dec. 18 company release. The announcement was made during the company’s December employee meetings.The meetings included comments from the Viracon executive management team...
  • Billco Manufacturing, Zelienople, Pa., launched a corporate Web site, according to a Dec. 23 company release. The site is designed to provide glass fabricators with a comprehensive source of product information as well as sales tools to better accommodate current and future customers.Quote Request forms offer inquiring customers a way to organize their requests and contact the Sales and Parts...
  • This drab Eastern German city [Frankfurt An Der Oder], which was almost completely destroyed during the last days of World War II, boasts the most spectacular medieval stained glass windows that any mayor could dream of showing, especially during Christmas festivities.The windows have finally been returned to their home in the Marienkirche, or Church of Our Lady, after a more than 60-year...
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  • 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...
  • Trulite Glass & Aluminum Solutions LLC has finalized its acquisition of Houston-based Texas Tempered Glass Inc., a producer of high performance glass products for architectural, industrial, commercial and custom applications, as of Nov. 19, 2014. Financial terms of the private transaction were not disclosed.With the completion of this transaction, Trulite will expand its presence in the Texas...
  • Things are looking up for the worldwide glass industry, as an optimistic outlook and overall mood permeated the show floor during glasstec 2014, held Oct. 21-24 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Following glasstec 2012, a successful event in the face of economic uncertainty, glasstec 2014 indicated positive market developments after several years of a sluggish North American and worldwide economy....