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Judge Finds in Favor of Safti First in Patent Dispute Case

In a summary judgement dated Feb. 3, Chief Magistrate Joseph C. Spero of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that the patent infringement claims filed by Ely Holdings Ltd. and Greenlite Glass Systems against Safti First, a U.S. fire-rated glass and framing…

R.E. Krug Corp. Becomes Buffalo Region’s First to Earn North American Contractor Certification

R.E. Krug Corp. of North Tonawanda, New York, achieved North American Contractor Certification (NACC), becoming the first glazing contractor in the Buffalo, New York, Metropolitan Region to earn certification. NACC is the only ANSI-accredited, third-party credential that recognizes architectural…

Kensington Glass Arts Opens New Richmond Facility

Kensington Glass Arts Inc., a Mid-Atlantic glass manufacturer, commercial glazier and distributor of architectural glass, announced the opening of a fabricated glass distribution hub and contract glazing field office in Richmond, Virginia.

Lisec Breaks Its Order Intake Record

This year has been a successful year for LiSEC: For the second time in 2021, the company has managed to hit a monthly order intake volume of more than $ 35 million. This success clearly shows that LiSEC's “” approach is winning over customers, say officials.

NFRC Report Captures Potential for Energy-Efficient Commercial Windows

With architects, builders, and manufacturers facing growing pressure to ensure that windows, doors and skylights reduce energy use, the National Fenestration Rating Council is releasing a report on the potential benefits of high-efficiency windows in commercial buildings. 

Pulp Studio Launches Video Program to Capture the Unique Qualities of Glass

Pulp Studio launched a new video marketing program.

Lattuada North America Features Two Top Products During GlassBuild America

This year Lattuada North America will exhibit at booth #1547 at GlassBuild America.

Forel Debuts New Solutions at GlassBuild America

Forel North America will be taking part in the 2021 edition of GlassBuild America in Atlanta, Sept. 13-15. See Forel at Booth #231.

Bovone to Present New Line of Fully Automated Grinding Machines at GlassBuild America

Bovone will exhibit at GlassBuild America 2021, from Sept. 13-15.

Glaston at GlassBuild America 2021

After the long break, officials at Glaston will be meeting customers and booth visitors in person at this year’s GlassBuild America.

Visit Hegla at GlassBuild America

Visit Hegla at Glassbuild America in Atlanta from Sept. 13-15.

SAF Launches New Website, Promotes Dakota Heck to Account Manager

SAF, a global metals distributor, fabricator, and finisher, marked a series of accomplishments in its 75th year of business with historic sales growth, a new website with refreshed company branding, and the promotion of a current employee into a newly established role within the organization. 

YKK AP America Inc. Raises Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

YKK AP America Inc. will raise its minimum starting wage to $15 an hour. The change will be effective beginning Sept. 6.

Arrow Glass and Mirror of Austin Earns NACC

Arrow Glass and Mirror of Austin, Texas, achieved North American Contractor Certification. NACC is the only ANSI-accredited, third-party credential that recognizes architectural glass and metal contractors for competency, business practices, and industry accepted guidelines for quality and safety…

GGI to Exhibit at GlassBuild America in Atlanta

GGI will be exhibiting at the National Glass Association's GlassBuild America event, to be held Sept. 13-15 in Atlanta.

Isra Vision AG Breaks Ground on New Headquarters

Isra Vision AG, a manufacturer of surface inspection methods for web materials, broke ground on the construction of its new headquarters building in Darmstadt, Germany. The new headquarters is located on a property measuring around 15,000 square meters in the city’s “Knell” development district…

HHH Equipment Resources Launches Kodiak, Edging Equipment Brand

HHH Equipment Resources, a division of Salem Fabrication Technologies Group, Inc., announced the launch of a new line of glass edging equipment.

Apogee Enterprises Restructures, Closes Viracon Facility in Georgia

Apogee Enterprises Inc. officials announced a major restructuring, which will include the closure of a glass fabrication location and the combination of several business units. 

Quaker Windows & Doors Can Now be Found on

Quaker Windows & Doors teamed up with to better serve the architectural community dedicated to preserving the nation’s historic buildings. is an invitation-only, human-curated, online marketplace and specification platform comprised of and…

HMI Cardinal Launches New Image as HMI Glass

HMI Glass announced a new look and vision in 2021, following the merger of HMI Cardinal and Woon-Tech Inc., the opening of the company’s third fabrication facility, and the launch of its new website.

Vitro Architectural Glass Launches Titan Oversized Glass

Vitro Architectural Glass announced that it has launched Titan glass, a new oversized glass product for large-scale exterior insulating glass units. Titan glass is available with a wide range of Vitro high-performance magnetron sputtered vacuum deposition coatings to optimize performance and…

Guardian Glass Introduces New UL Product Lens Certification

Guardian Glass is the first float glass manufacturer to achieve UL Product Lens Certification, covering three global product categories: uncoated float glass; sputter, or vacuum, coated float glass, including Commercial SunGuard and residential ClimaGuard products; and UltraMirror products, say…

YKK AP Opens New Showroom in Downtown Atlanta

YKK AP America Inc. opened a new showroom in the heart of downtown Atlanta.

Rhyno Glass Becomes Florida’s First Contractor to Earn NACC

Rhyno Glass of Tampa became Florida’s first glazing contractor to achieve North American Contractor Certification. NACC is the only ANSI-accredited, third-party credential that recognizes architectural glass and metal contractors for competency, business practices, and industry accepted guidelines…

Canadian Premium Sand Inc. Closes on US $1 Million Non-Brokered Private Placement

Canadian Premium Sand Inc. announced that it has closed a non-brokered private placement.

Crawford-Tracey Sponsors 2021 AIA Florida Raffle

Crawford-Tracey Corp. sponsored the raffle at the AIA Florida Convention and Trade Show, as it has since its inception in 2011. This year’s raffle winner is Aranya Mom with Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, and was awarded a MacBook Pro 16 inch, Apple Magic Trackpad 2 and Apple Air Pods…

FHC Receives U.S. Patent for Advance Series HERC-DOOR Frameless Door Rail System

The Frameless Hardware Co., a supplier and manufacturer to the glass and glazing industries, received U.S. Patent Number 11,060,341 from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for its Advance Series Herc-Door Frameless Door Rail System for Glass Entrance Systems.

Ubiquitous Energy and Antamex Industries Partner for Transparent Solar Commercial Glazing

Ubiquitous Energy, a manufacturer of transparent solar energy technology, and Antamex Industries agreed to form a partnership to bring transparent solar glazing to the commercial glazing market in North America.

Vitro Architectural Glass Reaches Agreement to Distribute VIG Products in North America

Vitro Architectural Glass reached an agreement with LandGlass and VIG Technologies to sell its tempered vacuum insulating glass products in North America.

Eastman Machine Breaks Ground on Headquarters Expansion

Eastman Machine Co. broke ground on its new expansion. The 7,500-square-foot expansion of the facility will provide the necessary capacity for the company to accommodate the accelerated development and scope of its work.

Softsolution GmbH and LiteSentry Partner

Softsolution and LiteSentry announced a new partnership to support both companies’ long-term growth and success.

Kensington Glass Arts Celebrates 45th Anniversary

Kensington Glass Arts Inc., a Mid-Atlantic glass manufacturer, commercial glazier, and distributor of architectural glass, celebrates its 45th anniversary.

Viracon Introduces Smart Glass Powered by Halio

Viracon is introducing Viracon Plus smart glass powered by Halio, a self-tinting smart glass solution that incorporates Halio Inc.’s electrochromic technology into Viracon’s insulating glass units. The product optimizes occupant comfort through autonomously adjusting tint levels such that energy…

8G Solutions Launches Denver Office

8G Solutions, a glazing contractor based in Kansas City, Missouri, is opening an office in Denver.

AGC and Autodesk Launch Media Library to Boost Representation of Diversity in Construction

The Associated General Contractors of America  and Autodesk launched the Construction Diversity Image Library, a collection of photographs for use by the media featuring diverse individuals in the construction workforce.

Rowe Fenestration Partners with Proteus Facades to Supply Rainscreen Cladding Systems

Proteus Facades partnered with Rowe Fenestration to provide rainscreen cladding systems for building envelopes. "We are delighted to have partnered with Rowe Fenestration in Northern California and Nevada which is a key area in our expansion into the USA," says Simon Gregory, sales director at…

Roto North America Expands Warehouse Capacity

Roto North America expanded its warehouse capacity in Connecticut, where it acquired an 18,000-square-foot facility that the company will add it to its current configuration.

AGC to Deliver Third Coater for Mirrors of World’s Largest Telescope

The European Southern Observatory and AGC Glass Europe, with its business unit AGC Plasma Technology Solutions, signed a second contract to deliver a coater specially equipped for the large mirrors of the world’s largest telescope. 

Glaston Partners with Softsolution to Create Quality Inspection Solutions

Glaston Corp. and Softsolution, an Austria-based manufacturer of quality assurance systems for the glass industry, are collaborating to create quality inspection solutions for tempering lines.

DefenseLite Announces Strategic Alliance with Binswanger Glass

Impact Security LLC, the manufacturer of DefenseLite, announced a strategic alliance with Binswanger Glass, a national retail and commercial glazing firm. Binswanger will launch its DefenseLite program at the company’s locations in Dallas and Houston offering clients high security window glazing…

Lippert Adds DFI’s FuseCube Express

Lippert, a global manufacturer and supplier of highly engineered products and customized solutions for the building products industries, announced the installation of DFI’s FuseCube Express and plan to offer Diamon-Fusion protective coating on its various glass product lines.

View Inc. Reports Increased Year Over Year Revenue for Q1

View Inc. reported first quarter 2021 financial results. The company posted a revenue of $11.8 million, a 29 percent increase from Q1 2020 and a 52 percent increase from Q4 2020.

Sentech Releases VersaFront, Customizable All-Glass Storefront

Sentech Architectural Systems Verdeveloped a complete line of customizable, all-glass storefront solutions that can be designed using jumbo glass panels and a wide variety of coated glass options. 

Quaker Windows and Doors Starts Phase 3 of Expansion

May marks the one-year anniversary of Quaker Windows and Doors opening of their Eldon, Missouri, manufacturing facility and offices. The manufacturing plant and office build-out in Eldon were phases 1 and 2 of Quaker’s multi-phase Eldon expansion plan for the 130-acre campus.

CMS Develops New Production Center

CMS, a glass technology manufacturer, enhanced its production center in Zogno, Italy, with a new, state-of-the-art wing. The area, an additional 7,740 square meters, was designed for the company’s largest machines.

Guardian Glass to Replace Float Line at Luxembourg Plant

According to reporting in, a Luxembourg-based publication, Guardian Glass will replace a float production line at its float plant in Bascharage, Luxembourg.

Rowe Fenestration Partners with Armoured One to Supply Protective Glazing Systems

Armoured One partnered with Rowe Fenestration to provide tested assemblies that enhance security in schools, business, and health care.  

AGMT Glazier Certification Testing Resumes

Practical and written testing for the Architectural Glass and Metal Technician Certification Program resumed, after it was disrupted this past year due to the pandemic, announced company officials.

St. Cloud Window Welcomes Independent Sales Representatives Serving the East Coast

St. Cloud Window Inc., a manufacturer of high-performance commercial aluminum fenestration products, announced that Roof Tech Sales, based in Boston, and Rand Sales & Marketing, based in Philadelphia, joined the company’s sales team as independent sales representatives to architectural and…

Pujol Group Launches a New Corporate Site, Renews the Sites of Group Companies

Pujol Group has made important changes in its communication elements, including a new corporate website, and the updating of the group's companies' websites.

YKK AP America Inc. Celebrates 30 Years in the Architectural Products Industry

YKK AP America Inc. celebrates 30 years of growth, innovation, next generation manufacturing and partnership.

Vitro Architectural Glass Celebrates Commitment to Sustainability in Recognition of Earth Day

In observance of Earth Day, Vitro Architectural Glass is recognizing its growth as an environmentally-focused business and ongoing commitment to meeting the standards of sustainability certification programs through its introduction of new, sustainable products.

Privacy Glass Solutions Launches Online Design Studio

Privacy Glass Solutions launched its new online Design Studio. This new addition to the company’s existing website is a digitally curated, technical product content management platform, which provides architects, engineers, and contractors and specifiers a simple method to search, select, and…

Giroux Glass Becomes NACC Certified

Giroux Glass became the latest glazing contractor to meet the standards set by the North American Contractor Certification program, according to a blog on the company’s site.

Sisecam Receives Sustainable Investment Award

Şişecam won the "Sustainable Investment Award" at the Investor of the Year Awards, held by the Bulgarian Investment Agency. The award, which was given to Şişecam in recognition of its effective long-term investments in the country, was presented to Prof. Dr. Ahmet Kırman, Şişecam Chairman and CEO…

Vetrotech Saint-Gobain Selects New Keralite Distributor, Expands Territory Reach

Vetrotech Saint-Gobain selected Glass Fabricators Inc. in Grimes, Iowa, as a distributor for its Keralite Select products, and expanded its territory with new representative, ASC Inc.

Satinal Updates Capcity, Releases New Product Line

Satinal's technical team installed its second EVA-film production line. In addition, the R&D team has also developed new products, including the Strato Colour product range, interlayers for glass lamination.

Eastman to Upgrade and Expand Extrusion Capabilities for Interlayers Production

Eastman Chemical Co. plans to upgrade and expand its extrusion capabilities for production of interlayers product lines at its Springfield, Massachusetts, manufacturing facility.

Donald and Andrea Friese Donate $50 Million to Medical Center

Donald Friese, former CEO of C.R. Laurence Co., along with his wife Andrea Friese, donated a $50 million gift to Providence Tarzana Foundation, a transformational donation that will support the expansion and renovation of Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center.

Dodge Data & Analytics and BSD SpecLink Announce Strategic Partnership

BSD SpecLink, a specification-writing platform, partnered with Dodge Data & Analytics. Together, BSD and Dodge deliver information, insights, and opportunities to architects and designers and building product manufacturers across each step of the construction lifecycle, with an emphasis on…

IBA Consultants Celebrates 25th Anniversary

IBA Consultants, a building envelope consulting firm, is celebrating its 25th anniversary of business. The firm specializes in the identification and elimination of potential and existing building envelope deficiencies stemming from waterproofing, glass and glazing, wall cladding and roofing issues.

Eastman Introduces New Sales Rep for the UK and Ireland

Eastman Machine Co., manufacturer of automated cutting and material handling systems appointed RegaLead Ltd to represent its line of cutting solutions to the laminated glass sector in the UK and Ireland.

AIG Expands Capabilities in Knoxville Facility

American Insulated Glass completed a number of improvements to the fabrication facility in Knoxville, Tennessee, designed to expand the facility's insulating glass fabrication capabilities and improve the level of service experienced by customers.

Greco Opens New Fabrication Facility in Terrel, Texas

Greco Aluminum Railings, a manufacturer of architectural railings and metal products for multi-family and commercial structures, opened a new architectural railing fabrication facility in Terrell, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.

Quanex Adds Screens Facility in Allentown, PA

Quanex Building Products recently announced the addition of a 60,000-square-foot screens facility in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Faro Introduces Two New Global Sustainability Goals

Faro Technologies Inc. introduced two new strategic goals in support of its Environment, Social & Governance efforts.

Quality Metalcrafts Changes Name to Americlad

Rogers, Minnesota-based Quality Metalcrafts, LLC/Americlad announces the change of the corporate name to Americlad.

Vitro Architectural Glass Renews Cradle to Cradle Certification

Vitro Architectural Glass announced that its entire range of coated and uncoated architectural glasses has been renewed as Cradle to Cradle Certified by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.

Eastman Machine Co. Plans Expansion of Headquarters

Eastman Machine Co., influenced by client and product line growth, acquired a new building and plans an expansion of its headquarters in Buffalo, New York.

IWR North America Achieves NACC Certification

In January, IWR North America became the first glazing contractor of 2021 to successfully achieve certification to the standards set by the North American Contractor Certification Program.

Maryland Glass & Mirror Launches New Shower Door Offering with FuseCube Express

Maryland Glass & Mirror, a glass fabricator and wholesale distributor located in Baltimore, installed DFI’s FuseCube Express to upgrade and protect its shower glass products.

Bavelloni Plans to Open New Branch in Brazil

Bavelloni SpA signed of an agreement with Mr. Teodoro Baldassarre for the opening of a new branch in Brazil.

FGIA and AVFQ Finalize Collaboration Agreement

An official agreement for collaboration between l' Association de vitrerie et fenestration du Quebec and the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance has been finalized, allowing for the development of mutual synergies that will enable both organizations to best support their respective members,…

Banner Solutions Acquires Wholesale Division of Seattle-Based Company

Banner Solutions, backed by private equity firm, Tailwind Capital, acquired the wholesale division of Builders’ Hardware & Supply Co. based in Seattle, Washington.

Folienwerk Wolfen GmbH Appoints Glass Lamination of America as Exclusive Distributor in the US and Mexico

Folienwerk Wolfen GmbH entered into a strategic partnership with Glass Lamination of America that makes them the authorized distributor for the United States of America and Mexico.

Trosifol Invests in Czech Location

Kuraray is continuing to invest in its Czech production site in Holešov.

AIG Upgrades Baltimore Facility to Expand Capabilities in Northeast

American Insulated Glass is finalizing the rebranding of A.L. Smith Glass in Ijamsville, Maryland, which is located just west of Baltimore. While 2020 was a challenging year for many in the fabrication industry due to the ongoing pandemic, AIG continued to implement improvements designed to better…

NSG Group Factory Installs Transparent Solar Window

A fully transparent, energy-generating window featuring UE Power, UE’s transparent photovoltaic technology was recently installed at the NSG facility in Northwood, Ohio. This building integrated photovoltaic, or BIPV, technology transforms an average window into a solar cell that generates…

Fenetech Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Aurora, Ohio-based Fenetech Inc. is celebrating 25 years of providing ERP software solutions to the glass fabrication and window and door manufacturing industries.

Glaston Changes Operating Model of South American Subsidiary

As of February 2021, operations in Glaston’s Brazilian subsidiary will be discontinued, according to a company statement.

Kensington Glass Arts Opens New Sterling, VA Manufacturing Facility

Kensington Glass Arts Inc., a Mid-Atlantic glass manufacturer, commercial glazier and distributor of architectural glass, opened an additional glass fabrication facility in Sterling, Virginia.

Glass + Metal Craft Automates Glass Coating Process with DFI’s FuseCube Express

Glass + Metal Craft implemented DFI’s FuseCube Express, a protective glass coating machine for glass fabricators.

Q-railing to Open New Office and Warehouse in Orlando

Q-railing - USA will be opening a new office and warehouse in Orlando, Florida, at 3734 Mercy Star Ct., Suite 130 in January.

Glaston Corp. Specifies Outlook for Fourth Quarter 2020 Order Intake

In an official statement, Glaston Corp. officials said that, due to growing demand especially for heat treatment equipment, Glaston’s order intake for the fourth quarter of this year will exceed the level in the fourth quarter of 2019.

GED Partners with Sparklike to Distribute IG Gas Analyzers

As of January 1, 2021, all sales of Sparklike products in the U.S., Canada and Mexico will be handled by GED.

AGC of America Sues Federal Government Regarding Paycheck Protection Program Rules

The Associated General Contractors of America filed suit to compel the Small Business Administration and the Office of Management and Budget to revise the questionnaire being used to reassess whether companies were eligible for Paycheck Protection Program loans, according to a statement on the…

Klein-Dickert Milwaukee Inc. Achieves NACC Certification

Klein-Dickert Milwaukee Inc. is the latest glazing contractor to have successfully completed all requirements for certification by the North American Contractor Certification Program.

Vetrotech Saint-Gobain Expands Production Capacity in North America

Vetrotech Saint-Gobain’s North American headquarters in Washington State increased its production footprint, consolidating production of its fire-rated glazing and framing systems into one building.

Salem and Bovone Continue Partnership

Salem Fabrication Technologies Group will continue its partnership with Elettromeccanica Bovone Srl.

Deceuninck’s Revolution XL Achieves NASF AW100 Rating

Deceuninck North America's Revolution XL Picture Window achieved the North American Fenestration Standard / Specification's AW100 rating, the most stringent requirements established for the AW Performance Class commonly used in high-rise and mid-rise buildings.

Apogee Enterprises Announces Extension of Term Loan

Apogee Enterprises Inc. amended its credit agreement to extend the maturity date of its unsecured $150 million term loan facility from April 5, 2021, to June 25, 2024, which is the same maturity date as the company’s unsecured $235 million revolving credit facility.

NACC Certifies Beletz Brothers Glass Co.

Beletz Brothers Glass Co. has become the eighth glazing contractor in the Philadelphia area to meet the requirements for certification by the North American Contractor Certification Program.

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Sparklike Partners with GED Integrated Solutions as North American Reseller Reseller

Sparklike announced that as of Jan. 1, 2021, the company’s new reseller for North America will be GED Integrated Solutions. GED will also perform the calibration and maintenance services to Sparklike Handheld devices.

Soft Tech Launches Updated Logo

Earlier this year, Soft Tech announced its acquisition by European software company, Compusoft.

Eastman Signs Strategic Partnership with SEEN AG to Develop Bird-Friendly Glazing

To address the global challenge of birds colliding with glass in buildings, Eastman, manufacturer of Saflex PVB interlayers for architectural applications, is collaborating with SEEN AG, an architectural consulting firm based in Switzerland.

Hegla Corp. Opens New Headquarters

After a construction phase of about one year, Hegla Corp. officially opened its new headquarters in Stockbridge, Henry County, in the State of Georgia. The relocation to the new business facilities had become necessary both to create space for the growing number of employees and to realize a local…

FlexScreen Completes Distribution Partnership with Saint-Gobain ADFORS

FlexScreen, manufacturer of the flexible window screen, partnered with Saint-Gobain ADFORS, manufacturer of high-performance construction and industrial materials.

Franchise Times Names The Glass Guru to Top List of Biggest Brands

Franchise Times, a leading business publication focusing on the franchise industry, recently named The Glass Guru to their 2020 list of the 500 biggest brands in franchising.

Flynn Group of Companies and AARA Construction Sign Letter of Intent

Flynn Group of Companies and AARA Construction Inc. have signed a Letter of Intent to combine their operations in Phoenix.

MyGlassTruck Makes Donation to Fight Breast Cancer Despite Pandemic

Since September 2011 MyGlassTruck has donated a portion of the cost of every glass rack, truck body, or trailer the company sells to its local chapter of Susan G. Komen. 

NSG Group Announces Organizational Changes and Executive Officer Appointments

Nippon Sheet Glass Co.  announced that it would make changes to the corporate structure of the group.

Pulp Studio Wins Architect’s Newspaper Best of Products Editors’ Pick for Precision Edge Technology

Pulp Studio won Architect’s Newspaper Best of Products Editors’ Pick for Precision Edge technology.

South Town Glass Achieves NACC Certification

South Town Glass of Salem, Oregon, successfully completed all requirements for certification by the North American Contractor Certification Program for glazing contractors.

Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope Launches Online Portal for Interactive Learning

Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope launched OBE Academy, an online portal for interactive learning and continuing education.

Salem Distributing Co. Rebrands and Restructures

Salem Distributing Co. will carry out a rebrand and divisional restructure. These changes reflect the company’s evolution and desire to serve its customers with a greater focus to better meet the changing needs of the fabrication industry, say company officials.

The Frameless Hardware Company Partners with Quikserv

Frameless Hardware Co. partnered with Quikserv Corp, a premier manufacturer of pass-thru and drive-thru systems for over 30 years. Quikserv products are designed with optimal functionality in mind and are unsurpassed in durability and performance.

Apogee Enterprises Reports Fiscal 2021 Second-Quarter Results

Apogee Enterprises Inc.  released the results for the second quarter of fiscal 2021 and provided a business update. Second-quarter revenue was $319.5 million, compared to $357.1 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2020, reflecting COVID-19 and market related volume declines in three of the…

Trump Administration Lifts Reimposed Canadian Aluminum Tariffs

The Trump administration lifted the 10 percent tariffs on aluminum imports from Canada, which had been reimposed in August, according to CBC.CA.

Trex Commercial Products Celebrates 30th Anniversary

This year Trex Commercial Products commemorates its 30th anniversary and has more than a few reasons to celebrate, say officials.

Ruthmann Acquires ReachMaster Inc.

Ruthmann, a global manufacturer of truck-mounted and track-based compact aerial work platforms, acquired its long-standing sales and service partner ReachMaster Inc. from Ebbe Christensen.

Forbes Recognizes Eastman as Best-in-State Employer

Eastman Chemical Co. was named to the Forbes list of America’s Best-in-State Employers 2020 in the state of Tennessee. For its second annual ranking, Forbes partnered with global business data platform Statista to identify the organizations liked best by employees in each of the 50 states, plus the…

The Glass Guru Franchise Posts Second Consecutive Record Month

The Glass Guru posted a second consecutive record revenue month in spite of the prevailing market concerns stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, say company officials.

Faro Acquires Swedish Tech Firm

Faro Technologies Inc. acquired Advanced Technical Solutions in Scandinavia AB, a Swedish-based leader in 3D digital twin solution technology.    

Sharp Glass Achieves NACC Certification

Sharp Glass LLC of San Antonio, Texas, is the latest glazing contractor to meet the requirements for certification by the North American Contractor Certification Program for glazing contractors. The NACC is the glazing industry’s only third-party, ANSI accredited recognition of glazing contractors …

Pilkington Launches Online Glass Encyclopedia

Pilkington United Kingdom Ltd., part of the NSG Group, launched Ask Pilkington, a searchable online encyclopedia of all things glass to help customers get quick answers to technical queries.

MI Windows and Doors Utilizing AI-Driven Smart Manufacturing Platform

MI Windows and Doors is partnering with Rheo, an industrial AI platform company, to incorporate artificial intelligence that will help reduce manufacturing bottlenecks and improve throughput, say officials.

City of Madison Passes Bird-Safe Glass Ordinance

The Madison Common Council unanimously adopted the state's first bird-friendly building ordinance. Introduced by Alders Marsha Rummel and Keith Furman, drafted by City staff, and revised with input from American Bird Conservancy, the city-wide ordinance will require new large construction and…

Horn Glass Industries Expands into Brazil

With a new subsidiary in Brazil, the German glass plant manufacturer Horn Glass Industries AG is expanding its local availability in South America, say officials.

Trump Administration to Reimpose 10 Percent Tariff on Canadian Aluminum Imports

The Trump Administration plans to reimpose Section 232 tariffs of 10 percent on imports of Canadian aluminum, according to Bloomberg News. Canada’s imports had received an exemption from the tariff, which the president plans to end on Aug. 16.

Rhyno Glass Launches New Website

Rhyno Glass, a Florida-based contractor, launched its new website, designed to provide product and project information to general contractors, architects, and building owners. The new bold site is graphically driven to showcase the scope and quality of work Rhyno Glass provides to its clients.

GGI Launches Enhance Glass Surface Protection

GGI launched the Enhance coating process to create easy-to-clean, protected glass surfaces for custom fabricated glass, perfect for both interior and exterior applications.

Hope’s Windows Inc. Receives Hurricane and Impact Certification for Pivot Doors

Hope’s Windows Inc. announced that its Jamestown175 Series hurricane pivot doors have passed stringent wind tests and are certified for use within hurricane and impact zones. The doors adhere to Miami-Dade County, Florida Building Code and High Velocity Hurricane Zone standards.

M3 Glass Technologies Hires T.Fin Building Solutions in Upper Midwest

M3 Glass Technologies partnered with T.Fin Building Solutions to represent their complete product portfolio in the upper Midwest. M3Glass Technologies, based in Irving, Texas, serves local markets nationwide with custom glass offerings.

The Glass Guru Franchise Posts Record Revenue Numbers

The Glass Guru franchise organization congratulated nearly a third of the organization’s franchise locations for hitting record monthly revenue milestones for their respective franchises for June 2020, in spite of the pandemic. The organization as a whole also saw June 2020 being the highest…

Flat Glass Distributors Uses FuseCube Express to Protect Glass with DFI Coating

Flat Glass Distributors added Diamon-Fusion glass treatment to its fabrication products. The company stated it will also be using DFI's new FuseCube Express coating machine to streamline the application.

Şişecam Group Gets Approval to Simplify Shareholding Structure

Şişecam Group received approval from the Capital Markets Board of Turkey for its plan to simplifyits legal entity and shareholding structure.

ICC-ES Applauds U.S.-Mexico Canada Agreement, Offers Conformity Assessment Service in All Three Countries

Effective July 1, the United States-Mexico Canada Agreement, negotiated to replace NAFTA, officially entered into force. ICC Evaluation Service certifies products in all three USMCA markets and will continue to offer evaluation services in North America under the agreement.

Chinese Display Glass Supplier Partners with Glaston

Chinese display glass supplier Heyuan Orient Technology Co., which specializes in big size cover glass, partnered with Glaston Corp.

McGrory Glass Partners with SCHOTT as National Direct Distributor of PYRAN Platinum

McGrory Glass will now offer the Schott Pyran Platinum line of fire-rated products.

Şişecam Group Develops 'V-Block' Technology Against Viruses and Bacteria

Şişecam Group developed an invention with the goal of contributing to the battle against the pandemic

Guardian Glass Launches Glass Technical Library

Guardian Glass North America launched a glass technical library. Architects, fabricators, window manufacturers and glazing contractors now have access to a growing online library of technical papers and videos.

FHC Completes Manufacturing Expansion at its Southern California Headquarters

The Frameless Hardware Co., a supplier and manufacturer to the glass and glazing industries, completed the expansion of its Southern California facilities. The expansion project has effectively doubled the company’s footprint, workforce and capacity, allowing for the addition of complete metal…

Pujol Group Releases a New Brand Identity

Pujol Group, owner of the companies Hornos Industriales Pujol, SA, Evalam and i-ON by Pujol, released its new corporate identity with a change of logos for their three firms.

Laminated Glass with Saflex Structural Receives Approval in Germany

Eastman Chemical Co., manufacturer of Saflex PVB for architectural applications, announced that laminated glass comprising Saflex Structural interlayer has received a General Construction Approval from the German Institute for Building Technology.

Banner Solutions Unifies Florida Distribution Centers into Single Location

Banner Solutions, a national wholesaler of security opening hardware products, consolidated its Longwood, Florida, distribution centers.

Guardian Glass Signs a Strategic Partnership with ML System

Guardian Glass signed a strategic partnership agreement with ML System S.A., a company in the building-integrated photovoltaics market.

AGMT Glazier Certification Program Now Offering Remote Online Testing

Formerly available only in a classroom setting, the Architectural Glass and Metal Technician Program began offering the written, knowledge-based test for glazier certification through a remote proctoring platform, permitting candidates to complete the test at their convenience from their own home…

Şişecam Group Sets Up a Global Digital Barrier Against Fraud in Payments

Şişecam Group established the operations of a “digital fraud detection and control system” for payments made through banks.

Fenzi Group Updates Milan facility with Logistics Center

The Fenzi Group upgraded its Tribiano, Milan, facility in Italy, the headquarters and its hub of operations for secondary glass processing. The Italian facility is expanding with a new integrated logistics center to optimize efficiency in warehouse management and shipping.

Pulp Studio Adds Capacity, Doubles Output of Laminated Glass

Pulp Studio added equipment and capacity into its laminating department, effectively doubling the daily output in their 150,000 square foot facility, say company officials. The scheduled updates began in March of 2020 and included a remodel and rehabilitation of Pulp Studio’s autoclave assets used…

Guardian Glass Rebrands Spacer as Guardian Align

Guardian Glass North America updated its residential insulating glass products: its proprietary warm-edge spacer, currently manufactured in its Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, fabrication facility is now branded Guardian Align, and Guardian changed the color of its primary polyisobutyl sealant to black.

Testing Confirms DFI Protective Glass Coating Compatible with Sika Sealants

Diamon-Fusion International’s patented protective glass coating, Diamon-Fusion, underwent a series of compatibility and adhesion tests performed by Sika. The test results showcased there was no adverse reaction to Sika sealants when testing both the Diamon-Fusion hand application and vapor…

NACC Certifies Three Glazing Contractors

The North American Contractor Certification Program announced the certification of three additional companies

Crystal Windows’ New York Facility Fully Operational

Crystal Window & Door Systems’ flagship production facility in New York City is fully operational and able to provide all services. Regarding employees, customers, vendors, and others entering the facility, the company continues to follow all guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and…

Roto Participates in Invention Convention

Chris Dimou, Roto Frank of America's president and CEO, and Adam Bristol, Roto Frank of America’s Manufacturing Engineer, recently judged the 2020 Connecticut Invention Convention, of which Roto Frank of America was a contributing sponsor.

Kansas Secretary of State Inspects Voting Shields at Binswanger Glass

Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab visited the Topeka, Kansas, location of Binswanger Glass on Tuesday, June 9, to meet with company representatives, tour the facility and answer questions from the press. Binswanger Glass is fabricating over 2,000 polycarbonate shields for polling locations to…

NSG/Pilkington Wins Award for Antiviral Glass Project

Pilkington Technology Management Ltd. received a 100 percent award from Innovate UK, part of the U.K. government’s funding for research and innovation for its project to develop an antiviral glass.

Vitro Releases Technical Document Addressing Decontamination of Glass Surfaces

Vitro Architectural Glass published a new glass technical document titled “Decontaminating Glass Surfaces” (TD-154). Developed in response to customer questions related to glass handling and safety during the COVID-19 crisis, the five-page primer addresses a range of topics of interest to glass…

Saint-Gobain Sells Stake in Sika

Saint-Gobain sold its stake in Sika, worth $1.69 billion, according to reporting in Reuters.

Lisec Will Not Attend glasstec 2020

Lisec leadership says that the company will not attend glasstec 2020, according to a statement on the company’s website.

Tecnoglass Releases Q1 Report, Addresses Effects of COVID-19

Tecnoglass released its first quarter 2020 results, which included an update on businesses conditions related to COVID-19.

Hope’s Windows Celebrates SWI Membership as Organization Celebrates 100 Years

Hope’s Windows Inc. celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Steel Window Institute, of which it is a member.

Horn Glass Industries Expands Facility

Horn Glass Industries’ expansion of its Plössberg, Germany, facility is progressing, say company officials.

Adelio Lattuada Starts to Reopen

Officials at Adelio Lattuada announced on the company website that they will begin the process of reopening the company.

MI Windows Closes Two Milgard Production Facilities

MI Windows and Doors plans to close the Milgard manufacturing facilities in Aurora, Colorado, and Grand Prairie, Texas, over the next few weeks in response to the weakened economic conditions brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, according to a release from the company.

Giroux Glass Inc. to Open New Office Location in Orange County

Giroux Glass Inc. will open its newest location in Orange County, California. Effective May 4, both office staff and glaziers will work from their new shop and office space in Placentia.

WEC To Expand Offerings for Clients In New York State

Officials at Wheaton Sprague will provide further support and improved capabilities for clients working in the State of New York through its new affiliate, Wheaton Engineering & Consulting of NY LLC (WEC). WEC is a New York authorized professional services firm, specializing in building…

Industry Companies Adjust Policies, Schedules in Response to Coronavirus

In response to the conronavirus outbreak in the U.S., businesses—including those in the glass industry—have been tasked with changing the way they operate to ensure safety and health of employees and customers.  

Soft Tech Implements Response to COVID-19

Soft Tech leadership has implemented precautionary measures in response to COVID-19, including asking staff to work from home.

How Will Coronavirus Affect Manufacturing and Construction?

Now that cases of coronavirus have increased across the country, and cities and states have instituted more extreme measures to control the spread, the construction and manufacturing sectors could be in for more serious disruptions. Some reports from across the industry:

C.R. Laurence Alters Will Call Service Practices Until March 30

C.R. Laurence altered its Will Call service practices until March 30, according to a statement released by the company. The statement cited concern for the health and welfare of employees, and the guidance on the enhanced guidance from authorities on social distancing.

A+W Software to Move its North American Headquarters

A+W Software will move its North American headquarters as of March 16.

Safti First Receives Government Contract to Supply Government and Service Agencies

Safti First received a five-year U.S. General Services Administration Federal Supply Schedule 56 Contract. The GSA Schedule 56 section covers buildings and building materials. Safti First will now participate as a supplier in glazing, doors, windows and walls, and order-level materials.

Pujol Acquires Evasa Production Unit for the Expansion of Evalam Production

Pujol Group, the Spanish company owner of Hornos Industriales Pujol S.A. acquired 100 percent of Evasa’s production unit, located in A Coruña, Galicia. This way, the production of EVA layers continues in Spanish territory as a main European Hub, following a strategy of descending vertical growth.  

Magistrate Orders Lawsuit by Former Fuyao Executive to Mediation

The Dayton Daily News reported that David Burrows’ lawsuit against his former employer, Fuyao Glass America, was ordered to mediation by U.S. Magistrate Judge Sharon Ovington.

Environmental Charity Ranks AGC in Top 200 for Water Security

CDP, a not-for-profit charity that helps companies and regions manage environmental impacts, included AGC as part of its “A List 2019” for water security.

Board of Directors of Glaston Resolved on Continuing Incentive Plan for Key Employees

The board of directors of Glaston Corp. resolved to continue its share-based incentive plan for the Group key employees.

Tecglass Installs the Largest Digital Printer for Glass in the Middle East

Based on a deal signed with Technical Glass and Aluminium Co. last year, Tecglass’s Vitro Jet FS24 digital printer with Side Kinetix technology developed in the company’s Lalìn plant, will be installed in the United Arab Emirates.


The National Glass Association published six resources for the glazing and glass building products industry, including the new Bird-Friendly Glass Design Strategies.

AGC and Citrine Informatics Collaborate to Develop New Glass Technology Using AI

AGC Glass Europe and Citrine Informatics are collaborating to use artificial intelligence to accelerate the development of next-generation glass. Citrine Informatics is a technology platform that harnesses the power of AI to bring new materials to market faster, and capture materials-enabled…

Southern Wholesale Glass Expands

Southern Wholesale Glass expanded its facilities in Americus, Georgia, to support the growing demand of the company’s products and services throughout the southeastern U.S.

New Representatives Join Forel Sales Network

In 2019, Forel entered into a number of partnerships with commercial agencies around the world, with a view to ensuring Forel's presence within the countries in which it works is even more incisive, say company officials.

Madico Celebrates Grand Opening of Manufacturing Facility in Florida

Madico, a manufacturer opened a new 25,000-square-foot manufacturing facility, located in Tampa Bay, Florida.

SAF Installs 4 – Axis CNC Fabrication Machine at Georgia Facility

Southern Aluminum Finishing Co. purchased and installed Mecal MC 305 Kosmos CNC fabrication machine in its Winston, Georgia, facility.  

Saint-Gobain Completes Divestment of its Construction Glass Business in South Korea

Saint-Gobain completed the sale of Hankuk Glass Industries, the company’s construction glass activity in South Korea, to Glenwood Private Equity on Dec. 19, 2019.  

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.

Inventory Communication

Supply chain management is a massive part of doing business. Yet, for many managers, it does not get the focus or appreciation it truly deserves. In addition, with supply oversight comes one of the scariest words: inventory! That word and needed process can bring an absolute panic to those who…

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…

Warning: Fake shipping company scam

  UPDATE (July 21, 2014): In January 2009, I wrote this blog in response to a flood of emails I had received regarding a fake shipping scam targeted at small and mid-sized businesses that can cost companies upwards of $10,000, in addition to lost product and time.  In the more than four years…