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  • Construction spending fell in May for the 11th time in the past year as a continuing slump in housing offset strength in nonresidential building. The Commerce Department reported Tuesday that construction spending dropped 0.4 percent in May, slightly less than had been expected. There was strength in spending on hotels and office buildings, according to a July 1 article in the Miami Herald.
  • The American Architectural Manufacturers Association, Schaumburg, Ill., released the AAMA Certification Program Bulletin 08-02 addressing the Florida product approval program validation requirements, according to a July 1 AAMA release. The Florida Building Commission requires validation for Florida product approval applications using the certified method.
  • Japan’s Nikkei 225 Stock Average fell for the 11th straight day July 3, according to a same-day Associated Press report. Glass, iron and steel companies have been hit the hardest, with Nippon Sheet Glass falling 4.84 percent, and Asahi Glass Co. falling 4.44 percent, according to the article.
  • Leading Japanese glassmaker Asahi Glass Co. will change its name to AGC in the future, company President Kazuhiko Ishimura said July 1. The company united its group brands under AGC last September on the occasion of its 100th anniversary, according to a July 2 article from TradingMarkets.com.
  • A County Down glass company has had to lay off more than half of its workforce. Staff at Toughglass in Kilkeel have been told that about 60 staff are to be made redundant, according to a July 2 BBC News report.
  • Like so many commercial building products, the glass floor is popping up more often in homes. "It's the hottest product I manufacture," says Artwork in Architectural Glass Studios owner Tim Czechowski, according to a July 3 Los Angeles Times article. Read a related, same-day Los Angeles Times article about the glass floors in a Venice, Calif., home-studio.
  • Auto supplier Dura Automotive Systems said June 27 that it emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.Dura filed for bankruptcy protection in October 2006 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, blaming production cuts by major U.S. automakers, according to a report the same day on Forbes.com.
  • PPG AutoGlass, Pittsburgh, recently joined with Tennessee’s Western Reflections, a manufacturer and producer of doorlites and injection-molded frames for the door industry, to introduce residential door glass inserts as a business expansion opportunity for glass retailers. “Our Sundries Program now includes residential door glass inserts, offering our auto glass shop the opportunity to expand...
  • When David Burns took over Ray Sands Glass in 1983, he didn't know much about auto glass repair but figured he could grow the business beyond its mom-and-pop roots, according to a June 29 Democrat and Chronicle.com report.
  • Patty Caughman joined Glasspro, Charleston, S.C., as an accounts payable representative. Her responsibilities include managing vendor accounts, uniform inventory, registration of company vehicles and general accounts payable duties, according to a July 1 company release.
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