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The Present and Future of Glass

Sisecam Flat Glass held its T Meetings, focused on architectural glass and design, as global and online events for the first time this year. Partnering with the Arkitera Architecture Center, also based in Turkey, the meetings hosted two prominent architects; Kim Herforth Nielsen, the founder of…

Architectural Billings Ends Year on Positive Note

Demand for design services in December increased for the third month in a row, according to a new report from the American Institute of Architects.

The World of Glass is Shifting

The global float glass industry continues to see a shift in market leaders, expansions and investments in emerging regions, and trends toward efficiency and sustainability in production and processes. In its 2020 World of Glass Annual Report, Glass Magazine identifies key updates in the market…

Promoting and Protecting the Glass and Glazing Industry

From educating architects, to engaging code officials, to influencing legislation, efforts to promote and protect the glass and glazing industry dominated the conversation at the National Glass Association 2020 Annual Conference yesterday in La Jolla, California.

New Glass Guru Franchise Opens in Tennessee

 The Glass Guru organization announced the opening of the company’s newest franchise, located in Clarksville, Tennessee. Franchise owners Todd and Kristi King completed their initial franchise training at the company’s headquarters.

WomenInc. Recognizes Two Quanex Board Members

WomenInc., a publication covering women’s achievement in business, recognized Susan F. Davis and Meredith W. Mendes, both members of the board of directors for Quanex Building Products, in its 2019 Most Influential Corporate Directors list.

AAMA and IGMA Officially Combine as Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance officially combined into one organization with the new name, Fenestration & Glazing Industry Alliance.

Research Frontiers Licenses SPD-SmartGlass to South Korean Venture Capital Firm

Glatic, a venture capital funded company based in Seoul, South Korea, acquired a license from Research Frontiers Inc. to produce and sell its SPD-SmartGlass smart windows for the South Korean architectural market.

Glasswerks Acquires Northwestern Industries Inc.

Glasswerks acquired the assets of Northwestern Industries Inc., a subsidiary of Japan-based Central Glass Co. This acquisition marks the latest investment as Glasswerks expands its reach and share in the western glass marketplace. 

Piab Group Acquires TAWI Group, Manufacturer of Lifting Solutions

Piab Group entered into an agreement to acquire TAWI Group, a manufacturer of smart lifting solutions with global reach. 

The Industry’s Next Step

This December issue of Glass Magazine closes out an amazing decade in the industry—one that has witnessed a redefining of what’s possible with glass. What will the next 10 years bring? What are the long- and short-term trends, challenges and opportunities for architectural glass? How can industry…

Linetec Adds Color Coatings, Thermal Improvement to HvVee Arena Refurbishment

Considered the nation's first multi-level sports complex, HyVee Arena adaptively reused the historic Kemper Arena's single-level venue, transforming it into a modern, four-level, multi-functional, 10,000-seat recreational facility in Kansas City, Missouri.

Trautman Joins Vitro Architectural Glass as National Architectural Manager

Vitro Architectural Glass welcomed David Trautman as national architectural manager for the Mid-Atlantic region—covering eastern Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Tubelite Promotes Mary Avery to Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Tubelite Inc. promoted Mary Avery to vice president of sales and marketing, and Tom Mifflin to director of marketing.

Crystal Windows Celebrates 30th Anniversary in 2020

Crystal Window & Door Systems will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2020 and plans to celebrate with events with its employees, customers and business affiliates, and with marketing promotions, enhanced advertising in publications and across social media platforms, and special customer…

National Glass Association Welcomes New Board Members

The National Glass Association is pleased to announce the following three new board members:  Jim Stathopoulos, Ajay Glass Co., Canandaigua, New York; Mark Chapman, Chapman Windows, Doors and Siding, West Chester, Pennsylvania; and Ron Crowl, FeneTech, Inc., Aurora, Ohio. 

Consolidated Glass Holdings Appoints Tracy Rogers as Technical Services Director

Consolidated Glass Holdings Inc. has appointed Tracy Rogers as technical services director.

Apogee Publishes Updated Window Replacement White Paper

There are approximately six million commercial buildings in the U.S., nearly half of which are more than 40 years old, according to a 2019 report from the American Institute of Architects.

Fire-Rated Glass Floors Offer Protection and Views at Historic Lexington Courthouse

Constructed in 1899, the historic Fayette County Courthouse was one of the first fully electrified structures in the city. Its heralded central dome used electric lighting to create a star-like ceiling visible to occupants from the ground floor entrance.

NGA Welcomes Utah Glass Association as Affiliated Chapter

The National Glass Association is pleased to welcome the Utah Glass Association as an NGA-affiliated Chapter. 

WDMA Criticizes Decision to Reinstate Steel and Aluminum Tariffs on Argentina and Brazil

The Window & Door Manufacturers Association strongly criticized President Trump’s announcement that his Administration will reinstate Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Argentina and Brazil, which had been previously excluded.

Velux Group Implements New Organizational Structure, Names CEO

The Velux Group announces Group North America, a new organizational structure for the United States and Canada, naming Timothy B. Miller as CEO.

Sisecam Inaugurates Second Float Facility in Italy

Şişecam Group has completed its renovation and modernization investment in the Manfredonia plant, the company's second flat glass investment in Italy.

Longtime Crawford-Tracey Executive Randy Beard to Retire

Randy Beard, longtime general manager and chief financial officer of Crawford-Tracey Corporation, will be retiring this month.

Fuyao to Pay $1.3 Million in Lawsuit

Fuyao Glass America has agreed to pay $1.3 million in a class action lawsuit, according to a Nov. 26 article in the Dayton Daily News.

Curtain Wall Design Loads

Butler Plaza, a Gold LEED building in Jacksonville, Florida, is an innovative example of a curtain wall used in an energy efficient design. Photo by Keymark. Key Curtain Wall Design Loads to Consider More information AAMA 508-14, Voluntary Test Method and Specification for Pressure Equalized…

TPS in Insulating Glass

The Chadstone Shopping Centre in Melbourne, Australia, features a 260-meter glass roof created with 4SG Reactive Thermoplastic Spacer from H.B. Fuller. Photo by Aaron Pocock. Today’s insulating glass market presents a growing number of challenges, from automation demands to requirements for…

Fired Up: A Little Reminder About How Awesome Glass Is

If you haven’t been to Seattle in the summer, you should. It’ll kick your visions of hippies drinking coffee in the rain to the curb. Eighty-degree weather, sun until well past 8 p.m., mountains, trees, water, ferries – the list goes on. It’s so stunning, you might not even notice our grunge scene…

Temp Workers

When using temporary labor from staffing companies or labor pools, clearly define the roles and responsibilities of the primary employer and the host employer. Not doing so could result in a joint-employer status and thus joint liabilities. Like many trades, glass and glazing companies find…

Did NYC’s Mayor Really Announce a Ban on Glass Buildings?

Last week, the glass industry witnessed some jarring headlines coming out of New York City: "NYC’s ‘Green New Deal’ to ban glass, steel skyscrapers"; "De Blasio vows to ban glass and steel skyscrapers in NYC"; "NYC mayor wants to ban new glass skyscrapers to cut emissions". The news came out of…

2019 Top Glass Fabricators | Standout Partners

McCormick & Co.’s new global headquarters in Baltimore features 85,000 square feet of glass, with insulating glass units fabricated by J.E. Berkowitz. Studios Architecture stripped an existing utilitarian building to its foundation. But, installing a modern glass façade on the older building…

2019 Top Glass Fabricators | Women at the Top

Above: Gemma Martini (in black, second row), CEO of Vitrum Glass Group, with the all-women Insulating Glass Unit assembly team. Martini founded the company 22 years ago with her brother, Thomas Martini, who is the president of Vitrum. The siblings’ family was in the window industry.  Below:…

2019 Top Glass Fabricators | Bigger and Better

 IMAGIC GLASS­, AGNORA | RICHARD MILLE, FLAGSHIP STOREThe Manhattan flagship store for Richard Mille, a luxury watch brand, sports a stunning glass entranceway thanks to carved feature glass fabricated by Imagic Glass. The company founder, Richard Mille, says he selected the New York location to…

The Risks of Innovation

For many years glass and glazing were considered passive participants in a building’s performance. Innovation is changing that approach. Today, the use of glass in active and dynamic energy management systems is growing. Now, glazing integrates variable opacity and shading elements that are…

Keep DIY Fixes out of the Glass Plant

Growing up, my dad was the king of do-it-yourself fixes. He used to say that, provided with enough duct tape and a hanger, he could create a quick, temporary repair for almost anything that went amiss around the house. Those handy DIY fixes, however, are not for the glass plant. Last week at the…

The Professional Services Perspective: Industry Potpourri

With the end of the year approaching, my final blog of 2018 is a collection of random thoughts and experiences. Hopefully some will resonate with you. Let’s discuss terms. I love the technical terms we use in our industry. “Chicken head” may be the best. Most of us know that term to define the…

Successfully Tackle Complex Projects

The new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas features a complex façade of about 2,790 square meters of insulating glass that was cold-bent onsite. J.E. Berkowitz was the glass fabricator on the project; Quanex supplied the insulating glass spacer system. Photo by J Rick Martin.  The possibilities in…

Top 10 Curtain Wall Trends

The exterior wall defines the look of the building. It’s often complex. It’s dynamic. It protects occupants from the outside environment. Tracking façade trends is critical for everyone in our industry.  Every year, hundreds of projects come across my desk and into our firm. We win some and we…

Hegla and Bystronic Glass End Partnership in Mutual Agreement

Hegla and Glaston Corp. have decided to end the cooperation agreement between Hegla and Glaston company Bystronic Glass due to changes in the companies’ competitive positions.

Fired Up: Working with design teams in the face of labor challenges

Hi, David Vermeulen here with TGP. I’ll be taking over the Fired Up blog for Jeff Razwick, and am looking forward to discussing our industry with you in the coming months. Thanks for lending me valuable minutes out of your day. There’s been a lot of talk about how the manufacturing and labor…

Interior Glass Doors: Built for safety, size and style

Interior glass partitions and doors highlight the offices of financial planning software company PIEtech in Powhatan, Virginia. SMBW Architects chose large interior glass systems for the project, including: Pure Enclose Framed Glass Wall Systems with EML372 Magnetic Locks RTS88 COC and TG…

Frameless vs. Framed

A framed interior glass office enclosure, Dorma’s Interior Pure Enclose Office Front with a wood door. The rising costs of renting and maintaining office space, the decreased need for room to store paper files and documents, a surge of telecommuting opportunities, and other technological and…

The World of Glass

The glass-making process starts with raw materials heated to 2,900 degrees Fahrenheit to produce molten glass. Pictured, the molten glass floats on a molten tin bath to become a flat ribbon. Photo courtesy of Guardian Industries.   The global float glass industry has undergone a dramatic…

Curtain Wall Fundamentals

The CRL-U.S. Aluminum Series 3250 Curtain Wall System encloses the entrance of a Crate & Barrel retail store. Understanding the basic concepts of curtain walls, the important considerations of the varying curtain wall types, and the performance specifications for curtain wall systems is…

Architectural Billings Index Rebounds in October

Business conditions showed signs of improvement at architecture firms in October, as the Architectural Billings Index score rebounded to 52.0, following flat or declining billings for most of the year so far.

Drying and Curing Inks and Coatings on Glass

Editor’s note: This article is the first of a two-part series on inks and coatings. Read how to troubleshoot common problems with inks in the May 2013 issue. As the application possibilities for decorative glass continue to grow, so does the number of inks and coatings available. These inks and…

How to cut glass

Editor’s note: This article is part one of a ‘how-to’ series on glass processing and finishing. In future issues, we’ll address topics such as: how to cut thick glass, glass bonding and corner cutouts, among others. Note, the photos used in this article are for demonstration purposes only. When…

To coat or not to coat

Low-maintenance glass coatings have been around for decades. Protective coatings have become more popular in the residential and commercial glass market during the last several years. Many claims and promises have been made about their benefits and capabilities, but how do you sort them all out?…

Figuring strength of glass

Ever increasing in popularity, minimally supported glass, such as glass canopies and balustrades, find their way into many commercial construction projects. These applications require designers to confirm that the glass meets the appropriate design loads. Whatever the situation, strength of glass…

Anodize vs. Paint

  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…

Curtain wall problems

Third in a series Glass-and-metal curtain walls can provide an attractive, durable and cost-effective cladding solution, but in many buildings, they are plagued with problems ranging from air and water leakage to falling trim covers. The first two articles in this series—on Page 82 of April Glass…

Curtain-wall designs

Second in a series Glass-and-metal curtain walls can provide an attractive, durable and cost-effective cladding solution, but in many buildings, these wall systems are plagued with problems ranging from air and water leakage to falling trim covers. The first article on page 82 of April Glass…