Latest News in Fabrication

  • Key Senate Democrats are wavering in their support of legislation that would give more power to labor unions, dealing a setback to labor's top priority as businesses warn of the damage the bill would cause.The battle over the "Employee Free Choice Act" -- expected to be introduced Tuesday -- is seen as a power struggle among labor unions and businesses, as well as a test of whether...
  • The U.S. market for “green” building materials generated sales of almost $57 billion in 2008, according to a March 3 Freedonia Group release. This market is projected to expand 7.2 percent annually to more than $80 billion in 2013, outpacing the growth of building construction expenditures over that period. Although green building materials are expected to account for an increasing...
  • Traco, located in the Decatur County Industrial Park on Highway 27 north [Ga.], is immediately suspending opeations. There are 70 people employed at the plant. Traco plans to maintain a minimum staff on site.Released from its Cranberry Township, Pa., headquarters: Traco has announced that it will suspend operations at its Bainbridge, Ga., plant and idle the facility due to the continued...
  • Truseal Technologies Inc., Solon, Ohio, guarantees IG manufacturers that their IG units will pass rigorous ASTM 2190 and CAN2-12.8 certification testing, or Truseal will reimburse the direct costs of the test, according to a March 6 company release. The Truseal Certification Testing Guarantee--the first of its kind in the window industry--covers IG units produced with Truseal’s...
  • The new headquarters for the mattress people at Serta is no architectural snooze. It is, rather, a quiet beauty that floats lightly, almost dreamily, above the land, evoking Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, the supremely elegant modernist masterpiece that rises on steel stilts along the Fox River.
  • Designs by Thomas Heatherwick for the world’s first all-glass bridge at the entrance to London’s £2 billion King’s Cross Central have been scrapped on cost grounds, developer Argent revealed this week. Speaking to BD, Argent chief executive Roger Madelin said the “gem-like” structure — a 16m-long pedestrian bridge made up of hundreds of glass sheets held...
  • Many real estate sellers are facing tough times in today's economic climate. What to do? One alternative: hope for environmentally conscious green dollars. That's what luxury real estate developer Frank McKinney did. He is pursuing a green strategy with his latest creation, the elaborate Acqua Liana, set on about 1.6 acres on the Atlantic Ocean in Palm Beach County, Florida.Acqua Liana (Tahitian...
  • Apple is on its way to Georgetown. After ordering the computer company to revise its plans four previous times, an architectural review board embraced Apple's new design yesterday for a store it plans to open on Wisconsin Avenue.Gone was the modern expanse of glass that defined the storefront in past renderings, which the Old Georgetown Board had complained was out of character with the...
  • Co-operation negotiations to bring the building glass operations of Tamglass GlassProcessing, a subsidiary of Glaston Corp., into line with the current marketsituation, have been concluded.As a result, Tamglass Glass Processing will focus its building glass production to Tampere and production at the Lempäälä plant will be wound up by June 15, 2009.Read the full release.
  • A Chinese manufacturing index climbed for a third month, adding to evidence that a 4 trillion yuan ($585 billion) stimulus package is pushing the world’s third-biggest economy closer to a recovery.The Purchasing Manager’s Index rose to a seasonally adjusted 49 in February from 45.3 in January, the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing said today in an e-mailed statement. A...
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  • 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...
  • Officials from Eastman Chemical Co. announced its subsidiary Southwall Insulating Glass will exit the insulating glass business in Chicago later this year. The site primarily produces Heat Mirror Insulating Glass, which provides performance beyond triple-pane IG, but with the same weight as dual-pane IG, according to officials. Company officials said the business is expected to close "in the...
  • 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...