Leaders in the U.S. and Canadian markets
October 1, 2012
A look at the leading manufacturers and fabricators of metal products, broken down by sales volume, number of locations and product offering.
Tariffs on Chinese aluminum help some, hurt others
October 31, 2011
In April 2011, the U.S. International Trade Commission instituted antidumping and countervailing duties on aluminum extrusion products from China, following a Department of Commerce investigation that determined 29 Chinese companies dumped some $500 million worth of extruded aluminum products into the U.S. market last year. According to the DOC, the Chinese exported their aluminum extrusions to...
September 23, 2009
Metals suppliers and finishers are working right alongside glass companies to develop products that meet architects’ ever-growing demands for more expansive glass facades in increasingly complicated designs that offer higher performance. Following are articles from three metals and finishing companies about what they are doing to satisfy these architectural requirements.Increased...
Larger extrusions provide design freedom, strength, aesthetics and lower costs
September 23, 2009
In December, the Carthage, Tenn. facility for Bonnell Aluminum, Newnan, Ga., will start up its new 5,500-ton aluminum extrusion press capable of extruding high-quality finish commercial architectural profiles up to 16-inches in width, a previously unavailable capability. Bonnell pursued this capital project, valued at more than $25 million, after hearing repeated requests from...
Factors to consider with curved aluminum extrusions
September 22, 2009
Curved glazing and sweeping architectural accents transform ordinary buildings into distinctive landmarks used by architects and contractors alike as showpieces of their craft. There is an innate understanding that buildings are straight; curved means custom fabrication. Glass is a flat polygon, aluminum is extruded as lineals and standard fabrication equipment is designed to measure in a...
Introducing acid etch to customers and employees
September 22, 2009
Traditional caustic etch (upper left) versus eco-friendly acid etch.Linetec’s anodize line.Unlike a painted finish, anodizing highlights aluminum’s metallic appearance. An integral part of the substrate, the anodic coating results in a hard, durable substance providing good wear with minimal maintenance. It is highly resistant to abrasion, temperature, corrosion, humidity, warping and...
Storefront and entrance suppliers sell to architects and glaziers
June 10, 2009
To best serve architects and contract glaziers, storefront and entrance system suppliers must be able to:Compete on costProvide high-quality, durable productsOffer products that meet performance requirementsProvide products that meet safety other building code requirementsHave a knowledgeable support staffDevelop close relationships with customersDelivery products on timeQuickly and accurately...
November 4, 2008
Anodize and paint finishes offer durable aesthetic benefits to aluminum window and curtain wall products. However, storage, transportation and installation can prove to be a dangerous time for finishes. Learn how to protect finished aluminum products from a step-by-step guide from Linetec, Wausau, Wis.
Coloration, durability, aesthetics and cost influence decision
November 1, 2007
Structural glass plays a central role in many of the most recognizable buildings in the United States. The John Hancock building in Chicago, for example, features 16,000 windows on 100-stories. Whether the glass is curved, tinted or etched, the materials holding it in place must complement the architect’s design and color palette. Recent projects like the Wynn Las Vegas hotel, the US...
Practical option that became popular in the ’80s
May 1, 2007
The 1980s gave rise to hundreds of memorable icons including feathered hair, the T-top IROC Camero, pet rocks and Rick Springfield wishing he had “Jessie’s Girl.” Indeed, some of these are better forgotten. The glass door market also witnessed a new development during the early part of that decade: glass rail systems. The systems are on the top and bottom of glass doors to...