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  • Extensa, developer for the renovation of Gare Maritime, a turn-of-the-century commercial train station in Brussels, Belgium, selected Halio smart-tinting glass for the project, according Halio to officials. It is the first large scale deployment of Halio and will be produced at Kinestral Technologies Inc.’s new high-volume factory later this year. The factory will produce several million square...
  • U.S. architectural firms reported a bump in billings for May, according to the Architectural Billings Index, compiled by the American Institute of Architects. Marking the fourth month of growth, May’s reading of 53.0 is up from April’s 50.9, and also clears the monthly average of 51.4 for the first four months of 2018. By construction segment, commercial/industrial firms enjoyed an small increase...
  • Şişecam Group acquired the Sangalli Vetro Manfredonia facility in Italy. This represents the Group’s second flat glass plant in Italy. Trakya Cam Sanayii A.Ş., a Şişecam Group company, completed the acquisition of Sangalli Vetro Manfredonia plant in Monte Sant'Angelo, Italy-based flat glass producer of Sangalli Group, for $18.1 million. “With this acquisition, our Group, Italy's largest Turkish...
  • Biesse Group added Gregory Bell as North America parts quality assurance leader following the continued expansion of the parts and service department in North America.Bell’s extensive professional background includes more than 20 years of experience in leading customer care initiatives and quality assurance programs. He will work with all machinery and tooling divisions inside the group...
  • Officials from the Insulating Glass Certification Council announced the organization is working to create a path to faster certification and quality prediction for insulating glass unit performance, according to a June 18 IGCC release. The primary focus of IGCC’s efforts has been to define a path to Provisional Certification, which would better predict IG unit quality and allow a manufacturer to...
  • Hugh Trautmann, a longtime Billco Co. engineer and a pioneer in the glass industry, passed away peacefully on June 9 at the age of 84. Trautmann was one of the most influential contributors to the development of technology in the glass industry. His legacy and techniques have set the standards for much of the cutting technology still in use today. In 1974, Trautmann successfully engineered and...
  • At the American Architectural Manufacturers Association 2018 Summer Conference in Lake Tahoe, California, keynote speaker, John Manzella, gave an address on economic trends, critical issues and how to prepare for what’s ahead.Manzella focused on challenges including the skilled labor shortage, globalization and automation. Regarding the labor shortage, Manzella recommended companies invest more...
  • On June 6, 2018, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published in the Federal Register a notice inviting the public to submit comments on a petition filed by the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI). While glass is not specifically mentioned in the NFSI petition and CPSC notice, it may be of interest to the National Glass Association laminated glass and tempered laminated glass...
  • Vitro Architectural Glass named Paul Bush as director of quality and technical services.Bush, formerly director of technical services for Vitro Glass, will direct the company’s quality initiatives, including product quality and customer crisis management.“Paul has been involved with many glass technical innovations throughout his distinguished career with PPG, and now with Vitro,” says...
  • The American Architectural Manufacturers Association recently updated a white paper about water penetration in hurricane conditions. The paper provides information to homeowners, distributors, builders and insurance adjusters regarding water penetration during severe wind-driven rain storms. The white paper originally was released in 2005, and this update is being released at the...
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  • The National Glass Association announced official dates for the 2019 BEC Conference. The event will be held March 3-5, 2019 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Details of the event, including speakers, accommodations and how to register, will be announced in the coming months. Check GlassMagazine.com or glass.org, and follow @glassnation and @GlassMag on Twitter for the latest updates. 
  • Registration for this year's GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo, is now open. Now in its 16th year, GlassBuild America is the largest annual gathering place for the glass, metals and window and door industries in the Americas. Join us Sept. 12-14, 2018, in Las Vegas.Education and networking highlights for 2018 include a new Opening Reception on the trade show floor, return...
  • CRH’s Americas Products Division acquired privately held Coral Industries Inc., effective April 10, 2018. Coral is a fabricator of framed and semi-frameless glass shower enclosures, custom frameless glass shower doors, and architectural glass and aluminum products, primarily in the southern United States.  “Our acquisition of Coral demonstrates our renewed focus on growth in our glass...