Latest News in Retail Glass

  • Despite a presentation by window film installers Tuesday night, some Main Street storeowners are still on pins and needles about possibly taking down their security bars.
  • Officials at Glass Doctor, Waco, Texas, announced the grand opening of the first Canadian Glass Doctor franchise, Glass Doctor of Kawartha Lakes. Owned by Joe and Wendy Barrieau and Brian Stephens, the franchise is located in Bobcaygeon, Ontario. Glass Doctor plans to open another franchise in Ontario this spring, according to a Feb. 3 release. The company expects to add as many as 10 Canadian...
  • GlasWeld, Bend, Ore., launched its Distance Learning Program Feb. 2. The glass repair education, training and certification program is delivered to customers via Gconnect, a proprietary online communications platform utilizing Adobe Connect technology.The on-demand training modules in the program’s initial release include introductory information on new repair techniques using GlasWeld...
  • During a Jan. 27 Webinar, two leading construction economists answered the question, “Have we hit bottom?” Jim Haughey, chief economist for Reed Construction Data, forecasted the U.S. economy will hit bottom in late summer or early fall of 2009.

  • Japan's Nippon Sheet Glass said on Thursday it would cut 5,800 employees, or about 15 percent of its global work force, by March 2010.Read a company release on revised forecast for FY2009.
  • A crisis of confidence has struck chief executives round the world, according to a survey presented in Davos that captures the chastened mood and changed priorities of business on the eve of one of the most anticipated gatherings of the World Economic Forum.Just 21 percent of the 1,100 executives interviewed by PwC across 50 countries were very confident that their revenues would increase this...
  • The Glass Association of North America, Topeka, Kan., elected Tracy Rogers, technical director, Edgetech IG, Cambridge, Ohio, as chair of its Insulating Division, according to a Jan. 28 GANA release. The division comprises insulating glass unit manufacturers and suppliers.Rogers brings more than two decades of experience and knowledge of the fenestration industry to the position. While...
  • Oldcastle Glass will shut down its distribution office at 5010 Mesker St. [Schofield] today, according to a statement released by the company, according to a Jan. 23 report in the Wausau Daily Herald.The closing does not affect the manufacturing office at 5103 Janice Ave. in Weston, which will stay open. It’s unknown at this time how many employees will be affected.Oldcastle Glass also...
  • The U.S. Green Building Council’s most recent update to the family of LEED ratingsystems, LEED 2009 will be available for use by the public beginning in March of2009. Currently, LEED 2009 will include revisions to rating systems aimed atcommercial buildings only (including NC, CI, CS, EBOM and Schools), withrevisions to additional rating systems to follow.
  • Global steel output fell last year after climbing for six years, as demand by car makers and construction dropped amid recessions in the U.S. and Europe, the World Steel Association said Thursday.Steel production dropped 1.2 percent from a record high in 2007 and tumbled nearly a quarter in December from the same month in the previous year, said the group.The downturn comes after steel makers...
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  • Altus Capital Partners, an investment firm focused on middle market manufacturing companies in the United States, acquired GED Integrated Solutions Inc., according to a June 11 announcement. The acquisition will support GED’s continued growth, according to the release. The financial terms of the investment were not disclosed.“We are very excited to now be partnering with Altus Capital Partners as...
  • Officials from Tennessee’s Heritage Glass temporarily suspended operations on May 27, according to a company release, as reported by News Channel 11 in Johnson City, Tennessee. Executives say they are exploring a “potential reinvestment and reorganization situation” for the company.Heritage Glass was formed last year when the company purchased the former AGC North America Blue Ridge glass...
  • 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...