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  • 2016’s top industry news headlines reveal a North American glass market that is in a period of change led by consolidation, investment and expansion. The year saw the sale of several prominent, long-standing glass companies at both the float and fabricator level. Numerous companies announced major investments and expansions to meet demand, including demand for more value-added products, such as...
  • For the best forecast information for the glass industry, I find the float manufacturers offer the most nuanced and informed picture of global glass industry health and performance. The leading global glass manufacturers I spoke to expect steady growth for the global glass industry in the coming year. While some individual markets continue to struggle, most regions are poised for growth, with...
  • The Mid-Atlantic Glass Association, a chapter of the National Glass Association, will host its 30th annual Glass Expo April 19, 2017, from 3 to 8:30 p.m. at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland. The only glass expo in the Washington, D.C. area, Glass Expo includes the latest in architectural glass and glazing products, automotive glass and repair, curtain wall/storefront systems, equipment/...
  • The 2017 GANA Building Envelope Contractors Conference, to be held at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Feb. 6-8, will provide a forum for more than 400 contract glaziers, industry suppliers and technical experts to connect and discuss issues and trends for building with glass.The conference will host keynote speaker, and former NBA All-Star for the Utah Jazz, Mark Eaton. Industry experts Julia...
  • Alabama Metal Industries Corp., known as AMICO, will close its two Houston-area facilities “due to business reasons,” according to a letter to the Texas Workforce Commission. The company also will close a plant in Bourbonnais, Illinois, according to the Daily Journal of Kankakee Valley, Illinois. The company has about 15 other locations across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Parent company,...
  • Raul Casares, past president of R.C. Aluminum Industries and impact-resistant glass pioneer, passed away Dec. 2 of complications from Alzheimer’s. He was 82. R.C. Aluminum, a privately held company Casares founded in 1990, posted record profits within its first five years, aided by Casares’ development of impact-resistant glass.Casares was born on Sept. 22, 1934, in Havana, Cuba, and moved to...
  • Tecnoglass Inc. acquired E.S. Windows LLC, importer and reseller of Tecnoglass products in the United States, based in Miami, Florida. ESW is affiliated with José M. Daes, the Company's CEO, and Christian T. Daes, the Company's COO. The acquisition of ESW was completed for a total purchase price of $13 million."The consolidation of ESW marks another milestone in our efforts to generate...
  • On Nov. 18, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a final rule on walking-working surfaces and personal fall protection for general industry. According to OSHA documentation on the rule, the organization is revising and updating the rule to prevent and reduce workplace slips, trips and falls, as well as other injuries andfatalities associated with walking-working...
  • The American Architectural Manufacturers Association recently released an updated document using ASTM test methods to qualify windows, doors and skylights as "impact resistant." The AAMA 506-16, "Voluntary Specifications for Impact and Cycle Testing of Fenestration Products," was last updated in 2011."The AAMA 506 document provides details regarding the rating of windows, doors and skylights for...
  • With an exclusive event at the Circolo Italiano de Buenos Aires, the South American branch of the Fenzi Group celebrated its 20th anniversary by welcoming partners, customers and friends from all over the world. Fenzi South America celebrated 20 years of business by remembering the elements that have made the entire Group a world leader in the glass industry: high quality, focusing on a specific...
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  • Apogee Enterprises Inc. acquired the assets of privately held Sotawall Inc., a leading designer and fabricator of high-performance, unitized curtain wall systems for commercial construction projects in North America, for approximately $135 million. It will operate as Sotawall Ltd. within Apogee, which provides distinctive value-added glass solutions for the architectural and picture framing...
  • 2016’s top industry news headlines reveal a North American glass market that is in a period of change led by consolidation, investment and expansion. The year saw the sale of several prominent, long-standing glass companies at both the float and fabricator level. Numerous companies announced major investments and expansions to meet demand, including demand for more value-added products, such as...
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