Happy New Year: A Look Back at the Top Ten Stories of 2013

With 2013 coming to a close and the start of 2014 upon us, USGlass magazine is again taking a look back at the top headlines of the past year. Listed below is a ranking of our most popular stories over the past 12 months.

  1. USGNN Blogger Lyle Hill a Big Hit at BEC in Las Vegas: Roving reporter and blogger extraordinaire Lyle Hill’s friendly and entertaining style proved an instant winner at the Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference in Las Vegas.
  2. Dlubak Corp. Agrees to Sell Non-Real Estate Assets to Grey Mountain Partners:  Dlubak Corp. set off a frenetic chain of events following its Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition in early August, eventually resulting in the Blairsville, Pa.-based company agreeing to sell off all of its non-real estate assets to Grey Mountain Partners Fund II LP, a Colorado-based private equity firm. Dlubak Corp. listed more than 200 creditors, with seven firms owed at least $100,000.
  3. Coastal Glass Distributors Merges with Aldora Aluminum and Glass Products: Coastal Glass Distributors, a Charleston, S.C.-based glass fabricator, was at the heart of a three-way merger to rank high among our readers’ interests.
  4. Trulite Acquires Western States Glass Corp.: Trulite Glass & Aluminum Solutions LLC acquired Western States Glass, with the strategic merger allowing the two companies to serve all of California with an array of products.
  5. Delivery of World’s Largest Lammy Brings Challenges: Without a doubt, one of the most memorable images of the 2013 AIA Convention in Denver was the behemoth laminated glass seele brought in all the way from Germany. Extending more than 46 feet in length, standing more than 10 feet in height and weighing more than 7,700 pounds, the enormous lite of glass wowed spectators and readers alike with its sheer size.
  6. Guardian Names Rick Zoulek VP of North American Flat Glass: Rick Zoulek is a familiar name within the industry, so his promotion to Guardian’s vice president of North American flat glass was of considerable interest to our readers.
  7. Trulite Glass & Aluminum Names New CEO: Trulite Glass & Aluminum Solutions LLC started the year off with big news, announcing that Paul Schmitz had been tapped to succeed Jeff Leone and become the company’s new CEO.
  8. ASTM Standard for Glass Furniture Published: ASTM International released its long-anticipated glass furniture standard with the intent of improving safety. The standard had been in development since 2008, explaining its strong interest among so many of our readers.
  9. Federal Government Indicts Five Individuals and Three Companies for Aluminum Conspiracy: A federal grand jury indicted five individuals and three companies for allegedly conspiring to smuggle aluminum products into the U.S. and money laundering. The defendants were charged with willfully conspiring to secretly introduce aluminum from China by passing false and fraudulent invoices and documents through a Customs and Border Patrol location.
  10. St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank Sues McCarthy Building for Defective Windows: Much of the industry read with great interest of the St. Louis Fed’s decision to sue McCarthy Building Companies and three subcontractors for having allegedly installed 498 defective windows in the bank’s downtown headquarters. The federal suit was eventually dismissed after both sides agreed upon an undisclosed settlement.

Were there any stories you expected to be in the top ten that weren’t? What do you think will be the biggest stories of 2013? Please email jhollis@glass.com to share your thoughts.

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