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  • U.S. companies, struggling to contain escalating losses in the deepening recession, squeezed more output from their remaining workers last quarter.Productivity, a measure of employee output per hour, rose at a 3.2 percent annual rate in the fourth quarter, more than twice as much as forecast, a Labor Department report today in Washington showed. Labor costs climbed at a 1.8 percent rate, less...
  • Reed Construction Data, Norcross, Ga., a leading provider of building information modeling solutions and construction information, has announced a February 2009 launch for SmartBIM Library (SBL) v3.2, the leading BIM content management tool for architects and engineers.The release of SBL v3.2 will add new features and enhancements including the drag-and-drop family publisher, allowing users to...
  • During the second day of the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance Annual Conference, Bill Lingnell, president of Lingnell Consulting Services, Rockwall, Texas, and technical consultant to IGMA, presented a progress report for ASTM E 2431, a standard to reduce thermal stress breakage. Lingnell has been leading a project to extend the standard that currently covers single-glazed units to include...
  • The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance Annual Conference kicked off Feb. 3 in San Diego with an update of the organization’s possible merger with the Glass Association of North America, Topeka, Kan. The motivation for the proposed merger is to: consolidate advocacy efforts, consolidate industry technical expertise and resources, provide joint marketing efforts and reduce duplicate...
  • Despite a presentation by window film installers Tuesday night, some Main Street storeowners are still on pins and needles about possibly taking down their security bars.
  • Officials at Glass Doctor, Waco, Texas, announced the grand opening of the first Canadian Glass Doctor franchise, Glass Doctor of Kawartha Lakes. Owned by Joe and Wendy Barrieau and Brian Stephens, the franchise is located in Bobcaygeon, Ontario. Glass Doctor plans to open another franchise in Ontario this spring, according to a Feb. 3 release. The company expects to add as many as 10 Canadian...
  • GlasWeld, Bend, Ore., launched its Distance Learning Program Feb. 2. The glass repair education, training and certification program is delivered to customers via Gconnect, a proprietary online communications platform utilizing Adobe Connect technology.The on-demand training modules in the program’s initial release include introductory information on new repair techniques using GlasWeld...
  • During a Jan. 27 Webinar, two leading construction economists answered the question, “Have we hit bottom?” Jim Haughey, chief economist for Reed Construction Data, forecasted the U.S. economy will hit bottom in late summer or early fall of 2009.

  • Japan's Nippon Sheet Glass said on Thursday it would cut 5,800 employees, or about 15 percent of its global work force, by March 2010.Read a company release on revised forecast for FY2009.
  • A crisis of confidence has struck chief executives round the world, according to a survey presented in Davos that captures the chastened mood and changed priorities of business on the eve of one of the most anticipated gatherings of the World Economic Forum.Just 21 percent of the 1,100 executives interviewed by PwC across 50 countries were very confident that their revenues would increase this...
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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...