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  • Construction workers continued to bear the pain of steep job losses almost everywhere in June, as construction employment rose only in North Dakota (by 5 percent) and Louisiana (4 percent), compared to June 2008, according to new data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs disappeared in the remaining 48 states and the District of Columbia, with losses as great as 26 percent in Arizona...
  • PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) today reported sales for the second quarter of $3.1 billion, a decline of 30 percent versus the prior year’s second quarter including a 6 percent decline resulting from a business divestiture in 2008. The company reported net income of $146 million, or 89 cents per share. Adjusted net income was $148 million, or 91 cents per share. Second quarter 2008 sales were $4...
  • Glassmaker Pilkington is to cut another 90 jobs in the region as it continues to make massive cost savings.The firm yesterday confirmed it is looking to make more than one in six of its employees redundant at its European Technical Centre in Lathom [England], near Ormskirk, as part of a global restructuring process.The company has been hit hard by the global downturn as a knock-on effect of the...
  • A new exterior film for glass has been developed which can be seen by birds but not humans. It could be used to help prevent the needless deaths of billions of birds which collide with windows annually.As reported by The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, and discovered by researcher Daniel Klem Jr., the best window covering for the job was an exterior film with evenly spaced ultraviolet UV-...
  • Asahi Glass Co., Japan, is expected to report a group operating profit of around 2-4 billion yen ($21.43 million to $42.87 million) for the six months ended June 30 amid a recovery in glass for LCD TVs, beating its earlier forecast of just breaking even. Sales apparently sank 34 percent on the year to around 510 billion yen, but this exceeded Asahi Glass's projection by some 10 billion yen,...
  • The Fenzi Group, Milan, will showcase several innovations at Vitrum 2009, Oct. 28-31, Milan, according to a July 15 release.In the stand dedicated to Glass Alliance--an international network that Fenzi belongs to and that produces and distributes worldwide items necessary for industrial production of insulating glass units--trade professionals can take a close-up view of state-of-the-...
  • Pointing to the Web site of the Environmental Defense Fund, which includes lists of companies that the group suggests would benefit from passage of cap and trade legislation, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association sent out an alert to members last week urging them to make their positions on the legislation known to their representatives.The Web site includes state maps that...
  • The producer price index for finished goods jumped 1.8 percent in June, seasonally adjusted (1.9 percent, not seasonally adjusted), but was still down 4.6 percent from the June 2008 level, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported [July 14]. The PPI for inputs to construction industries, a weighted average of materials used in all types of construction plus items consumed by contractors (such...
  • As Congress writes legislation to fight climate change, a prominent coalition in the debate is divided over the fine print.The U.S. Climate Action Partnership, a broad group of businesses and environmental organizations, was instrumental in building support for capping U.S. emissions of greenhouse gases. Legislation to accomplish that goal recently passed the House and is now before the Senate....
  • Nonfarm payroll employment shrank by 467,000 jobs in June, seasonally adjusted, bringing the 12-month total loss to 5,664,000 (-4.1 percent), the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Thursday [July 2]. The unemployment rate rose to 9.7 percent, not seasonally adjusted (9.5 percent, seasonally adjusted). Construction again had the highest industry unemployment rate, 17.4 percent, not seasonally...
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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,...