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Volume 6, Issue 1                                                January/February 2005

What'sNews

GCC and IGMA Hold First Joint Certification Committee Meeting

The Insulating Glass Certification Council (IGCC) and the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance held their first harmonized certification meeting October 27-28 in Toronto. Approximately 50 people were in attendance.
Over the course of the two days a number of issues and topics were discussed. Since IGMA has licensed its certification program to IGCC, the two groups are now taking steps toward harmonization.

“IGCC and IGMA should not be going in separate directions,” said IGCC administrator John Kent, during the first day’s meeting. “We want to bring the groups closer together.”
One of the items on the meeting’s agenda was the establishment of an IGCC/IGMA certification appeals committee to address the interpretation of respective certification programs. The group agreed that the committee should consist of the IGCC and IGMA presidents, the chairperson of the IGCC certification committee, two public interest representatives (one U.S. and one Canadian) and two laboratory representatives (one U.S. and one Canadian). Committee members include Mike Grossman, ACI Distribution, IGCC president; Oak Moser, Cardinal IG, IGMA president; Don Vild, public interest, certification committee chairperson; Jim Spetz, U.S. public interest representative; Dan Braun, Architectural Testing Inc., U.S. laboratory representative; and David Bailey, Bodycote Material Testing, Canadian laboratory representative. The Canadian public interest slot was not filled during the meeting.

The certification committee also established and prioritized a list of topics upon which it will focus. Top priority was harmonizing the variations in the IGCC and IGMA programs, which was accomplished during the meeting.

The group also discussed auditor training; manufacturer training for quality assurance systems and quality assurance forms; harmonization of the IGCC and IGMA certified products key; gas filling quality assurance requirements and quality assurance forms; as well as the auditor requirements for witnessing the fabrication of gas filling test units. The meeting also included a discussion on how integrated insulating glass units (i.e. Sashlite-type products) should be tested. An interim certification program was established to certify such products. 

At the next meeting of the certification committee, which will take place in May in Philadelphia, Joe Erb of Edgetech IG will replace Don Vild as the certification committee chairperson.

PRICE CHANGES
ADCO Products Announces Price Increase 
ADCO Products Inc. of Michigan Center, Mich., has announced a percentage price increase range from 4 to ten percent on the majority of its products.
“We face continual increases in oil related base stocks, plastics, paper, steel, transportation cost and natural gas,” said president Jim Turner. “Despite our reluctance, we are acting now to assure the viability of our business and continuation of the high level of service (our customers) deserve.”

Other raw material increases are anticipated in 2005.

Solutia Implements Price Increase for SaflexÒ
Solutia Inc. announced that it will implement a 29 cent per square meter price increase for its Saflex products.

“Solutia remains strongly committed to the announced price increase as a means of maintaining the most reliable service and certainty of supply for our customers,” said Mitch Pulwer, general manager, Solutia laminated glazing interlayers. “Customers demand for PVB products has increased dramatically year on year. The announced price increase allows Solutia to reinvest in capacity to meet these new volume challenges.

“Raw material costs have increased dramatically. Adding new capacity and keeping up with raw material price increases will continue to be challenges into the foreseeable future,” he added. “Solutia is very encouraged by the positive response that we have had so far in completing new contracts reflecting the announced increase in price. This illustrates that our customers are sensitive to market and industry needs.”

MAGAZINES
Key Communications to Debut New Magazine: Mold and Moisture Abatement 
The first trade publication for the mold prevention and abatement industry, Mold & Moisture Management magazine will present its debut issue beginning of the new year, January/February 2005. Mold & Moisture Management magazine is a quarterly publication created to address industry needs concerning the rising influx in legal cases, building concerns and repairs required to solve the ever-increasing caseload within these fields. 

“Preventative measures and remediation will be our main focus for those in the building industry, contractors and others. We are pleased to provide this much needed media regarding the issue of mold, which affects thousands everyday,” said Debra Levy, publisher of Mold & Moisture Management. “Presenting columns, newsworthy articles and pertinent editorial information for such a salient topic such as mold, is what Key Communications Inc. strives to produce with all of its publications. We’re looking forward to being the leading voice for the construction industry and builders aspect.”
Free subscriptions to qualified industry members in the industry are currently available online at <http://www.moldmag.com> as well as the initial premiere supplement which was included in Door & Window Maker (DWM) magazine. 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS
ASTM International Signs MOU with Standardization Administration of China 
ASTM International has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the national standards body of China. The event took place on August 20 in Beijing when senior officials from ASTM International and the Standardization Administration of the People’s Republic of China (SAC) signed an MOU to strengthen the relationship between 
the two standards organizations. 

The MOU was signed by ASTM International President James A. Thomas and SAC 
Vice Administrator Zhang Yanhua. 

The signing, along with participation in standardization workshops held in 
Beijing earlier that week, is the latest event in ASTM’s ongoing involvement 
in Chinese standardization. The MOU will enhance the ability of SAC and ASTM 
International to support the needs of the Chinese people and aid in the 
development of Chinese national standards for health, safety, and the 
environment. 

“ASTM standards have a century of history in the world’s marketplace helping to ensure good quality products and accurate testing procedures. With China’s trade topping $400 
billion for both imports and exports in 2003, standards are of the utmost importance,” said Thomas. “The signing of this MOU with the SAC is a great step forward to 
encouraging greater access to ASTM standards in China as well as a bigger 
voice by Chinese experts in the content of ASTM standards.”

KUDOS
Weather Shield’s Replacement Window is Named a Consumer Digest Best Buy
Custom Shield replacement windows manufactured by Weather Shield Windows & Doors was recognized in Consumer Digest magazine as a “Consumer Digest Best Buy.” The article “Clear Choices in Replacement Windows,” which appeared in the September, 2004 issue, named Custom Shield as a best buy in the economy wood-clad replacement window price range. According to Consumer Digest, thousands of products are reviewed by the magazine each year, and less than three percent of competing models in any given category are awarded the “Best Buy” title.

“We are pleased to see that our Custom Shield window is receiving this important recognition,” said Jeff Williams, communications manager at Weather Shield. He says the custom built windows are designed to fit any existing openings, without disturbing existing trim or wall materials. 

VT Industries Receives Prestigious Award
VT Industries of Holstein, Iowa, has been recognized for the second year in a row for its excellence as an industry manufacturer by receiving Architecture magazine’s Architect’s Choice for Excellence (ACE) award. 

The winner is chosen by industry’s qualified architectural professionals who were asked to make their selections for the best manufacturers in several fields.
VT was recognized in Architecture’s December issue along with a complete list of winners from all 42 categories and will be featured on the Architecture website, www.architecturemag.com. 

ASSOCIATION NEWS
Acquisitions
GED Acquires Sampson Automation 
GED Integrated Solutions (GED) of Twinsburg, Ohio, announced the acquisition of Sampson Automation Co., a provider of vinyl and aluminum fabrication systems for production of frames for windows and doors. Together, the companies will provide a programmed system that combines the assembly and construction of both insulating glass units and of vinyl sash and frames for windows and doors into one production line. 

According to Ron Auletta, president and CEO of GED, the merger was prompted by its customers who wanted an integrated approach.

“Now they can look forward to manufacturing a window or door using one system that automatically aligns how the insulated glass and vinyl framing production processes work together,” said Auletta. 

Sampson will continue to operate its manufacturing facility in Hau-ppauge, N.Y. Sampson’s president, Paul Barbaro, vice president, Randy Moss and strategic advisor, Bob Quinn will remain in their key management roles. 

“We‘re proud to have built Sampson to be a leader in its field during the last 30 years and we are excited about the future as a combined company,” said Quinn.
According to Auletta, GED plans to acquire additional companies to add to its technology platform. 

Kaycan Acquires Plastmo
Kay-can Ltd., of Montreal, Canada, has acquired Plastmo Ltd. of Brampton, Ontario. “I am very excited to join forces with Plastmo and expand our market presence throughout North America,” said Lionel Dubrofsky, Kaycan president. “Kaycan’s vast array of vinyl siding, windows and aluminum rain gutters, combined with Plastmo’s superior vinyl rain gutters and window systems, will help us achieve our goal of providing the most extensive line-up of high quality products to our customers.”

“This announcement matches our premier vinyl rain gutter and window technology and team with Kaycan’s global reach and commitment to exceptional 
quality and service, bringing us closer to achieving our mutual goal of making Kaycan-Plastmo the most comprehensive rain gutter and window systems provider in North America,” said John Harbom, Plastmo president.

“Ultimately, we want to be the one-stop solution for our North American customers looking for vinyl and aluminum products that add beauty, protection and worry-free maintenance to the exterior of homes and buildings,” added Dubrofsky. “Combining forces with Plastmo brings us one step closer to realizing this goal.”

COMPANY NEWS
J.A. Waggoner and Associates Inc. Joins Zero Sales Team 
Zero International, of N.Y., appointed J.A. Waggoner and Associates Inc. of Carol Stream, Ill. responsibility for the sales of its entire product line in the upper Midwest region, including Wiscon-sin and northern Illinois.

The product line by Zero includes sound-control gasketing, Intumet™ positive-pressure fire and smoke assemblies, high-performance continuous hinges and Traction Treat™ systems for door saddles and stair nosings. 

H.B. Fuller Ventures Invests in SAGE Electrochromics
H.B. Fuller Ventures, the corporate venture fund of H.B. Fuller Co., has invested in SAGE Electrochromics, a manufacturer and developer of electrochromic glass. SAGE’s product enables users to control the amount of light and heat that passes through glass electronically, without blocking the view through it. According to the company, the solar controlled product does not turn the glass opaque, like privacy glass, but darkens slowly to reduce heat and glare. The technology is suitable for use in commercial, residential and transportation windows.

“This is a strategic investment for Fuller. We have complementary technology and share a similar customer base with SAGE. Our investment offers H.B. Fuller visibility and partnership opportunities with the leading company in this exciting new market,” said Bob McGrath, managing director of H.B. Fuller Ventures.

Door and Window Maker is now Door and Window Manufacturer
DWM has changed its name to Door and Window Manufacturer to further show our commitment to our audience-the door and window manufacturer.
DWM is the magazine solely focused on fenestration manufacturers


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