March 25, 2013
The Affordable Care Act, often referred to as Obamacare, requires reporting of the aggregate cost of applicable employersponsored coverage on an employee’s W-2 Wage and Tax Statement. According to Internal Revenue Service Notice 2010-69, reporting was optional for all employers in 2011 and for employers issuing less than 250 W-2 forms in 2012.However, reporting will be required on the W-2 form...
Still far below peak, U.S. construction headed for another year of modest gains
January 31, 2013
U.S. construction is headed for another year of modest gains, with multifamily construction leading the way, according to forecasts from McGraw-Hill Construction and Reed Construction Data. Total construction starts in the United States will rise 6 percent to $483.7 billion in 2013, slightly higher than the 5 percent increase estimated for 2012, according to the McGraw-Hill forecast, presented at...
October 31, 2011
While total new construction is down compared to 2010, Dietrich predicts the sector is growing and will end 2012 above 2011 levels. Source: Institute for Trend Research. The United States economy is emerging, albeit slowly, from the Great Recession, and the construction industry is starting to experience sluggish growth. Glass companies looking to take advantage of the market need...
ITC to follow with its ruling on or before May 12
April 4, 2011
Editor’s note: This article is compiled from releases posted on the Aluminum Extruders Council Web site, www.aec.org; local news reports; and independent sources. Look for additional articles on the subject in Glass Magazine and on GlassMagazine.com as the story develops further.On March 29, the Department of Commerce imposed countervailing duties of 8.02 percent and 374.15 percent on aluminum...
Glazing professionals discuss effects of higher prices, short supply
February 28, 2011
A short supply of cerium oxide is beginning to alarm members of the glass and glazing industry. The oxide, one of the 17 elements that compose rare earth minerals, is the most efficient polishing material for glass, says Sandrine Douilhet, director of communications, Innovative Materials Sector, Saint-Gobain, France. Float glass manufacturers also use cerium oxide as a raw material in the glass...
Economists predict 2.5 percent growth in 2011; possibility of double-dip recession still exists
November 11, 2010
A little more than a year since the recession ended, the U.S. economy is still struggling.
Glaziers, solar integrators or electricians? Industry members discuss
August 20, 2010
As the solar market takes off and the BIPV market gains traction, solar panel installation opens up a big business opportunity for glass and glazing professionals.
What this shift means for glass and glazing contractors
July 16, 2010
Back in March, Kawneer, Norcross, Ga., entered into a strategic partnership with Forster Profile Systems, a Swiss manufacturer of steel and stainless steel framing systems for fire-rated and non-rated applications. The move marked Kawneer’s entry into the steel fire-rated market, reflecting increased demand for alternatives to traditional aluminum framing.“We have seen an increase in architects...
The climb out of this recessionary trough will be mild and extend through 2011
May 21, 2010
Jeff Dietrich, senior analyst, Institute for Trend Research , Concord, N.H., will make a presentation on the economy at the Glazing Executives Forum at GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo, Sept. 14-16, Las Vegas. Sahely Mukerji, senior editor, Glass Magazine, spoke to Dietrich about his presentation and the current trends in the economy.
Experts at Outlook 2010 say economy is on the mend, but recovery will be slow, difficult
November 19, 2009
The recession that gripped the nation since December 2007 is beginning to end, but we are not out of the woods, said the economists at the Outlook 2010 Executive Conference, Oct. 15-16, Washington, D.C.