Latest News in Fabrication

  • Viracon, Owatonna, Minn., communicated to its employees this week a reduction of approximately 250 positions at the company’s Owatonna facility, according to a Jan. 8 company release. This accounts for 15 percent of the Owatonna work force. This announcement comes after the company informed employees at meetings in December that workforce adjustments would be necessary in responses to...
  • An estimated two-thirds of the nation's non-residential construction companies are planning to cut their payrolls, according to new employment and business forecast figures released today by the Associated General Contractors of America, Arlington, Va. All told, those layoffs are forecast to result in a 30 percent decline in the number of people working on construction projects."Unless the...
  • In the coming decade, we will see some amazing new technologies that will affect our lives to such an extent that we will wonder how we ever lived without them.It's easy to tap into solar power if your construction materials--from roofing to siding to exterior facades--have built-in solar cells to create cost-efficient, aesthetically pleasing self-powered buildings. Building-integrated...
  • F. Barkow Inc., Milwaukee, will celebrate 130 years of family ownership this year, according to a Jan. 1 company release.“F. Barkow is proud of our long history as a family-owned business," said John Weise, family owner and president, in the release. "We’ve survived every economic downturn imaginable, and credit our longevity to our long-held mission of providing the...
  • Policymakers’ understanding of sophisticated risk transfer issues is growing, and that’s good news for construction subcontractors, according to The ASA Report: The Policy Environment in the States, which the American Subcontractors Association, Alexandria, Va., released Jan. 1, 2009. ASA’s annual evaluation of public policies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia...
  • The Glass Association of North America, Topeka, Kan., formed an association-wide marketing committee, according to a Jan. 6 release. The committee will focus on several goals, including marketing:• the benefits of GANA to potential industry members• various products and services offered by GANA• the benefits of glass in architectural design, and more.The committee will be chaired...
  • Effective mid-January, Gary Danowski , director, global operations, aerospace, PPG Industries, Pittsburgh, will become vice president, performance glazings, according to a Jan. 5 company release. He will be based at the Harmar, Pa., glass business and discovery center and report to Senior Vice President Victoria M. Holt.Danowski joined PPG in 1982 as a production engineer at the former...
  • CPFilms Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Solutia Inc., and the world's leading producer of professional window films for automotive, residential, and commercial markets, has announced that its Vista, LLumar and Gila energy-saving window films will qualify for a federal tax credit in 2009. Homeowners can now earn up to a $500 tax credit by installing these energy-saving window films during the...
  • Here is an interview with Jim Stathopoulos, CEO of Ajay Glass and Mirror Co., Rochester, N.Y.Is it difficult to sustain growth in an industry like this one?Yes. For us, it's going to be difficult to sustain that type of growth because we're a very cyclical business. We're tied to the economy pretty strongly.What measures have you taken to combat the downturn?We don't like to take a lot of money...
  • GTS, Portland, Ore., a division of Pittsburgh Glass Works LLC, attained Microsoft Business Solutions Competency for Microsoft Dynamics GP in the Microsoft Partner Program, according to a Jan. 2 company release. The company is now a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. The Microsoft Business Solutions Competency is designed for partners with expertise in designing and/or...
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  • Dodge Data & Analytics released its 2020 Dodge Construction Outlook, predicting total U.S. construction starts will slip to $776 billion in 2020, a decline of 4 percent from the 2019 estimated level of activity. The 2020 Dodge Construction Outlook was presented at the 81st annual Outlook Executive Conference held by Dodge Data & Analytics at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel. “...
  •   Hunter  ThibaultThe memberships of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance voted to proceed with combining into one organization with a new name, Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance. The formal ballots of the AAMA and IGMA memberships were released on July 2, along with the full...
  • Salem Distributing Co., headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has announced its acquisition of HHH Tempering Resources Inc., a glass industry technical team and fabrication machinery provider. Effective immediately, HHH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Salem.With this move, Salem substantially increases its foothold in the flat glass industry it serves as Salem Flat Glass & Mirror,...