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  • The Texas Glass Association announced that Deron Patterson, sales development manager for PPG Industries, Pittsburgh, has been named president elect to the 2011-2012 board of directors. Patterson joined TGA in 1999, when he entered the glass business as an employee of the Guardian Industries float glass plant in Corsicana, Texas. The following year, he accepted a position in outside...
  • Japan's Nippon Sheet Glass, parent of Pilkington, announced a pre-tax profit of $44.5 million for the year to March, after losing more than $820 million in 2009 and 2010. according to a May 13 article in the Liverpool Daily Post. Sales, however, were down 2 percent at about $7 billion, and officials warned of negative effects of the Japanese earthquake, according to the article. 
  • The Zeledyne LLC glass plant in Tulsa will likely shut down this summer if a buyer isn't found, according to a May 11 article from TulsaWorld. The 1.4-million-square-foot plant employs about 300 people. While the company is not projecting a final day of production, it is not seeking new contracts, according to the article. 
  • Saint-Gobain Sekurit, the automotive business unit of Saint-Gobain, France, announced the construction of its second Chinese automotive glass plant in the Shandong province of Qingdao, close to the company's float glass production site, according to a May 10 Saint-Gobain release.About $71 million will be invested in the project in three phases between now and 2014. The first manufacturing line...
  • PPG Industries, Pittsburgh, recently announced the following executive assignments, effective May 1:Gary Danowski, vice president, flat glass, has been named vice president, automotive refinish, EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), based at the Rolle, Switzerland, headquarters of PPG Europe and reporting to John Outcalt, vice president, automotive refinish.Richard A. Beuke, vice president...
  • Officials at PPG Industries, Pittsburgh, announced that Anne M. Foulkes, assistant general counsel, additionally has been named corporate secretary, reporting to Glenn E. Bost II, senior vice president and general counsel, effective immediately, according to an April 25 release. In this role, she adds duties as corporate secretary to her work as assistant general counsel leading legal...
  • AGC, Japan, is set to move into Brazil’s construction and automotive glass markets, investing 40 billion yen (about $470 million) in an industrial state-of-the-art glass complex in São Paulo state, according to an April 25 release. The plant will produce float glass, mirrors, coated glass and automotive laminated and tempered glass, operating under the name of AGC Vidros do Brasil Ltda.The...
  • PPG Industries, Pittsburgh, has issued a corporate sustainability report for 2010, which expands on and enhances the scope of information provided in the company’s first full report for 2008, according to an April 25 release. The document provides in-depth details regarding PPG’s status and progress on economic, environmental, safety and social-involvement initiatives.Read the full release. 
  • PPG Industries, Pittsburgh, will install a 4,800-watt solar array on the roof of the PPG Flat Glass Business and Discovery Center in Harmar, Pa., about 15 miles from the company’s headquarters, according to an April 25 release. The site is expected to be functional early this summer.Scott Follett, global director, PPG Solar Performance Group, said the site will demonstrate the value of PPG solar...
  • Officials at the National Glass Association, McLean, Va., announced the keynote speakers for the 6th Annual Glazing Executives Forum to be held Sept. 12, in conjunction with GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo, Sept. 12-14, at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta.Kevin Surace, CEO, Serious Materials, Sunnyvale, Calif., will open the day with a presentation on...
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  • The National Glass Association and the Glass Association of North America held the first joint task force meeting in late February to discuss a possible combination of the two industry trade associations. The NGA task force is represented by:Michael Albert, S. Albert GlassAngelo Rivera, Faour Glass Technologies Nicole Harris, NGA President & CEOJerry Jacobs, NGA General Counsel...
  • Task force seeks to work more collaboratively and explore combining the two organizations.The National Glass Association and the Glass Association of North America have together appointed a joint task force to optimize service to members of both organizations, and to coordinate advocacy and technical support, along with education and training initiatives for the glass and glazing industry. This...
  • Apogee Enterprises Inc. acquired the assets of privately held Sotawall Inc., a leading designer and fabricator of high-performance, unitized curtain wall systems for commercial construction projects in North America, for approximately $135 million. It will operate as Sotawall Ltd. within Apogee, which provides distinctive value-added glass solutions for the architectural and picture framing...