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  • The global flat glass market is expected to grow at an annual rate of 9.34 percent from 2012 to 2016, driven by increased demand from the construction and automotive sectors, according a forecast report from TechNavio, released Sept. 6. The report covers market trends, market drivers, challenges to growth, market opportunities and threats, and additional information about key vendors in the...
  • Arthur Balik, retired chairman of the board for GGI, Secaucus, N.J., passed away September 15, 2013. Arthur and his younger brother Albert, who died in August of last year, joined the family company in 1945 after serving in World War II.  The “Balik Boys” were the third generation to enter the business, then operating out of the lower east side of Manhattan. At the time, General Glass...
  • Economist Jeff Dietrich echoed the theme of this year’s GlassBuild America when he said the time is now to invest. “Get off the fence and do things now,” said Dietrich, senior analyst for the Institute for Trend Research. Dietrich spoke Sept. 10 during the 8th annual Glazing Executives Forum, held in conjunction with the GlassBuild America tradeshow in Atlanta.  While the economy, and...
  • Finding and keeping good employees was the recurring theme during the 8th annual Glazing Executives Forum, held Sept. 10 as part of GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo in Atlanta. GEF, hosted by the National Glass Association, drew about 125 attendees.During the day-long program, attendees discussed issues faced by the contract glazing community, as well as the overall glass...
  • Officials from Bohle America Inc. announced Keith Knolmayer joined the Bohle America management team as hardware development director, according to a Sep. 2 company release. Knolmayer previously worked for Häfele America Co. for 17 years. Knolmayer's extensive product knowledge of sliding door applications, ANSI grade builder’s hardware and all glazing products will allow Bohle to expand its...
  • Officials from Guardian Industries named Rick Zoulek vice president of North American Flat Glass operations.“Rick brings to Guardian leadership skills that will more strongly position us in the competitive and constantly changing flat glass business in North America," said Scott Thomsen, Guardian Glass Group president, in a release. "He has the innate ability to connect innovation and...
  • A recent report from Fitch Ratings forecasts a 2 percent increase in nonresidential construction for 2013 and a 5 percent increase in 2014, according to an Aug. 27 article from Home Channel News. Public construction will remain steady in 2013 and is forecast to grow 3 percent in 2014, according to the report.
  • PGT Industries, Venice, Fla., will significantly expand its manufacturing operation with the addition of a $12 million to $14 million glass plant located a block north of its main Venice campus, reports The Herald-Tribune. Once open, PGT plans to hire between 50 and 60 more workers for the plant, operating in two shifts, says Jeff Jackson, executive VP. The 50,000-square-foot plant is...
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  • John Swanson, editor and associate publisher of Window & Door, passed away on Sunday, January 19, 2014, in Manhattan. He was 52 years old.John started his publishing career at Ashlee Publishing in New York City in 1984. He was founding editor of fenestration, launched in 1987, the first North American magazine specifically targeting the residential window and door market. There he...
  • BairdThomsenKevin Baird has been named president of the Global Flat Glass Group for Guardian Industries Corp., and will assume full profit and loss responsibility of the business unit, according to a Jan. 10 announcement from the company. Baird replaces Scott Thomsen, who resigned for health reasons.Most recently, Baird has been president and CEO of SRG Global Inc., a Guardian company. SRG...
  • Apogee Enterprises, Inc. has acquired Alumicor Ltd., the Toronto-based fabricator of aluminum frames for window, storefront, entrance and curtain-wall products for the Canadian commercial construction market. The transaction is valued at approximately $52 million.Alumicor will be the seventh stand-alone business in the Apogee portfolio. Apogee is also parent company of Viracon, Harmon,...