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  • Ed Wegener, manager of the AGC Flat Glass' North American Strategic Business Unit, had an upbeat outlook for workers at AGC's Kingsport plan while talking to a Memphis Commercial Appeal reporter about President Obama's stimulus bill this week.He said he expects that the Kingsport plant's workforce will grow from 290 to 400 when the effects of the stimulus bill kicks in. What prompted the response...
  • Sage Electrochromics Inc., Faribault, Minn., the only provider of commercially viable, energy-saving electrochromic smart window products for buildings, today announced that it has closed a $20 million investment round, according to a Feb. 24 company release. Good Energies, New York City, a global investor in the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries, led the funding, with additional...
  • Building Europe's tallest skyscraper will begin next month after the multimillion pound construction contract was signed today.The massive £2 billion Shard of Glass complex at London Bridge station will contain offices, hotel, flats, shops and leisure facilities, according to a Feb. 24 Evening Standard report.
  • A packed house of auto glass retailers and suppliers heard a fairly gloomy assessment of the nation’s short-term economic prospects during an in-depth presentation by noted economist Jeff Dietrich, Institute for Trend Research, Concord, N.H., at the 20th annual National Auto Glass Conference, Feb. 18-20, Orlando, Fla.Read the full presentation.
  • The Glass Association of North America, Topeka, Kan., released its 22nd Glass Informational Bulletin, a series of educational documents available to the industry as a free download from the GANA Web site, according to a Feb. 23 release. Titled Proper Procedures for Fabricating Flat Glass Mirror, the GIB provides a list of helpful guidelines for fabricators.Since its original creation, GANA’...
  • Diversified Glass Services, Rochester Hills, Mich., parent company of Henderson Glass, Rochester Hills, named Reginald Hanosh II as its new president and CEO, according to a Feb. 23 company release. He also will continue as the organization’s chairman of the board.Hanosh replaces Jim Churilla, who was serving as the interim CEO since November 2008. Churilla will remain with the company in a...
  • Photovoltaics as a business prospect has been the talk of the glass industry. However, the solar industry also offers opportunities for glass companies in the concentrated solar power market, according to two CSP experts who spoke Feb. 13 during GlassWeek in Las Vegas. CSP uses mirrors to capture solar thermal energy. The benefit of CSP is that the energy can be stored, says Frank “Tex...
  • The green movement, including the solar rush, will change the way glass companies do business, said Russell J. Ebeid, president, Glass Group, Guardian Industries Corp., Auburn Hills, Mich., during a Feb. 16 presentation at the Building Envelope Contractors Conference in Las Vegas.

  • Outside advisers to the U.S. Treasury have started lining up the largest bankruptcy loan ever, talking with banks and other lenders about at least $40 billion in financing for General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC, in case the two auto makers need it, said several people familiar with the matter.While acknowledging the grimness of the task, administration officials involved in the auto talks said...
  • Multinational companies are still expanding operations in China despite the global downturn, but they are hurting from plunging exports and local sales, according to a report issued Friday.The annual report on manufacturing competitiveness, issued by the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai and other foreign business groups, found that most companies surveyed see their China operations as...
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