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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit against Oran Safety Glass Inc. this week, alleging that the manufacturer violated federal law when it fired a female employee because she was pregnant. According to the EEOC's complaint, Nicole Williams was fired in early June of 2012, roughly a month after she began working as an assistant quality control supervisor at the company's facility in Emporia, Va. The EEOC alleges the company notified Williams she ... [Full Story]
The Protective Glazing Council International (PGC) and the Glass Association of North America’s (GANA) protective glazing committee will soon be one, as the groups are merging. GANA's technical director Urmilla Sowell, who also serves as the president of PGC, made the announcement last week during the GANA Fall Conference in Toronto. “Many years ago, the protective glazing industry did not have a forum for a unified voice and thus PGC International was formed as an organization ... [Full Story]
Both the laminating and tempering divisions of the Glass Association of North America (GANA) were hard at work when they met last week in Toronto for their Fall Conference. Each division discussed the progress and development of various documents and bulletins, as well as other resources. In the laminating division, work is continuing on the laminated glass deflection table. The task group has been reviewing calculations for deflection testing of tempered glass, which will be used in ... [Full Story]
When Glass Association of North America (GANA) divisions and committees met in Toronto last week for the group’s Fall Conference, members had plenty to discuss. Those in attendance covered topics ranging from ongoing interest in Building Information Modeling (BIM) to codes and standards, energy performance and more. As part of the Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) technical committee, members have been discussing BIM, but Chuck Knickerbocker with Technical Glass Products, committee chair, said there have not been ... [Full Story]
Over the past few years, the city of Toronto has seen a number of cases involving glass falling from balustrades and railings. As a result, the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Group began work on the development of a standard in 2012, which would cover glass used in guards and railings. Valerie Block of Kuraray America Inc. gave an update on the development during the Glass Association of North America’s Laminating Division meeting, held earlier this week ... [Full Story]
The subject of bird-friendly glazing has been in the news frequently of late—but the topic is not new. For decades, groups and organizations have advocated for safer designs and glazing options. Michael Mesure with Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) Canada spoke yesterday to attendees of the Glass Association of North America’s (GANA) Fall Conference, underway this week in Toronto. He talked about the work his organization is doing, and provided a look at some glazing ... [Full Story]
“We are getting more and more creative and complex with decorative glass. Our members are doing amazing things.” That’s what Mandy Marxen of Gardner Glass Products said this morning during a presentation on decorative glass trends during the Glass Association of North America’s Fall Conference. Marxen, who spoke during the decorative division meeting, took a look at what’s been driving some of the trends. For one, she said architects and designers are becoming more involved directly with ... [Full Story]
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