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  • State unemployment rates were nearly all higher in March, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on April 17, as 46 states recorded over-the-month unemployment rate increases, North Dakota and the District of Columbia registered decreases, and Georgia, New York and Rhode Island had no change. Over the year, jobless rates were up everywhere, according to an April 29 report from the Associated...
  • Real (net of inflation) gross domestic product tumbled 6.1 percent in the first quarter at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, following a 6.3 percent decline in the fourth quarter of 2008, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported today. Real investment in "nonresidential structures decreased 44 percent, compared with a decrease of 9.4 percent. ... Real residential fixed investment...
  • Stuart Dean Co., New York, and GlasWeld, Bend, Ore., created a strategic alliance to form one of the largest glass restoration companies in North America, according to an April 29 release. A key objective for both companies is to provide a significant and positive impact on the environment by repairing glass and other surfaces, rather than replacing it. This approach to...
  • First Solar Inc., the nation's largest solar panel maker, says its profit more than tripled in the first quarter despite tightened bank lending that has made it tough to fill orders.The Tempe, Ariz.-based company reported Wednesday it earned $164.6 million, or $1.99 per share, in the first quarter, compared with $46.6 million, or 57 cents per share, for the same period last year.Quarterly sales...
  • William Seabrook is hoping his new mobile auto glass repair franchise will be a clear help in keeping local drivers safe on the road.Spartanburg [S.C.] resident Seabrook announced Tuesday that he has been licensed by Novus Glass to repair windshields in Spartanburg, Cherokee and Greenville counties."At Novus, we perform every job with our customers' safety in mind," Seabrook said...
  • Ace Glass, a leading automobile, residential, and commercial glass company in Richmond, is working with automobile insurance providers and is able to offer free windshield replacement to many of its clients.With the new program in place and the relationships that have been built with the insurance companies, Ace Glass is able to pay the deductible for their clients and handle the entire process...
  • With a change of name to Flabeg Technical Glass U.S. Corp. the acquisition of Naugatuck Glass, Connecticut, initiated in mid-2008, is now complete. By this move Flabeg has expanded its solar portfolio with a focus on thin glass technology for solar applications.In the field of machining and finishing of thin glass with strengths of 0.95 mm, Naugatuck Glass acquired a leading position. And now...
  • General Motors Corp. told its dealers Tuesday that it will force 1,000 to 1,200 underperforming locations to close their doors as the automaker tries to thin dealer ranks to make the remaining outlets more profitable.GM told the dealers about the plan in a video conference, according to a dealer who spoke on condition of anonymity because the video conference was private. It is part of the...
  • Tracy Rogers, technical director, Edgetech I.G., Cambridge, Ohio, will present Challenges of Bent Insulating Glass at Glass Performance Days China, May 11-12, Shanghai. The conference theme this year is renewable energy and glass technology.  Rogers' presentation will take place at 11 a.m. May 12, according to an April 28 company release.“Bent glass is gaining popularity, but...
  • A referral by Cal/OSHA (California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health) has resulted in a conviction on two felony counts for violating the state's worker safety laws. One defendant, ANC Roofing owner Kenneth Hugh Alton of Santa Rosa, entered a no contest plea to the charge of failing to protect employees from a hazard and was sentenced to nine months in jail and ordered to pay $248,000...
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