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  • The value of new construction starts advanced 6 percent in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $578 billion, it was reported by McGraw-Hill Construction, a division of The McGraw-Hill Cos., New York. Led by the start of two massive electric power plants plus healthy gains for several public works categories, the nonbuilding construction sector climbed sharply. In addition, residential...
  • The South African wind-screen-replacement firm Glasfit is thought to be one of a handful of parties in talks to acquire Auto Windscreens, the British repair company, from Aviva, the insurer.Glasfit is a leading player in southern Africa, with 120 repair centers in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. Auto Windscreens is one of two main providers in Britain, the other being Autoglass, according to...
  • The Beijing Olympic Village has made steps toward reducing its carbon footprint by installing one of the world's first hybrid systems of SolarWall and photovoltaic/thermal  for renewable energy.The SolarWall is a perforated outer cladding that absorbs solar radiation, even on the coldest days, to create a current of warmed air that circulates into the building, according to a Buildingtalk...
  • Asahi Glass Co. rose 3 percent to 1,132 yen [$10.3] after Mitsubishi UFJ Securities lifted its rating on the stock to 2 from 3, saying it was undervalued when considering the company's operating profit level for the current and next business years.The brokerage said Asahi Glass's operating profit looked set to continue growing thanks to healthy demand for sheet glass used in TFT-LCDs.
  • Novus Glass appointed Jeff Robinson as director of franchise operations. He will be responsible for franchisee business development, contract enforcement, compliance, and supervision of the training and preferred provider programs and the day-to-day management and direction of Novus Franchise Operations for the United States. He will also continue to manage Novus' Western Region and will report...
  • City Auto Glass relaunched its Web site, according to a GTS release Aug. 22. The company serves Greater Minnesota, Western Wisconsin, and Northern Iowa with mobile auto glass repair and replacement.GTS Internet Marketing Services group, Portland, Ore., redesigned the Web site and made it accessible and visible to Google and other key search engines.   “The average...
  • PPG Industries, Pittsburgh, declared force majeure on architectural, residential and specialty glass products as a result of torrential rains earlier in the week at its Wichita Falls, Texas, glass manufacturing facility, according to a company release Aug. 22. The rain flooded the plant’s basement and damaged critical process equipment. The company is currently assessing the extent of...
  • The production of glass and glass products in Hungary in the first half of this year was 18.1 percent higher than in the same period in 2007. Glass and glass products manufacturers’ sales in the January to June period were 15.3 percent higher year-on-year, with an increase in sales of 11.2 percent on the domestic Hungarian market and 17.8 percent higher sales on export markets, according to...
  • An auto glass repair and replacement shop in Granby is celebrating its grand opening.Scott and Jana Stanley moved to the area in 2007.“We came for vacation and never left,” Jana said. “We fell in love with it coming up Berthoud Pass ... The people here are so welcoming, so friendly.”Their new business, Affordable Auto Glass, located on the back side of Pine Cone Plaza,...
  • Scientists have discovered that, in medieval churches, stained glass windows painted with gold purify the air when heated by the sun. The researchers hope that this discovery could also be used for modern technologies, since the chemical reaction involved is very energy efficient.
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