Volume 33, Number 8, August 1998

INDUSTRY NEWS

 

ACQUISITIONS AND MERGERS

CertainTeed Acquires Chesapeake Window

CertainTeed Corporation of Valley Forge, PA, has announced that it has acquired the assets of the Richmond, VA-based Chesapeake Window Products division of Ted Lansing Corporation. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Chesapeake has been a licensed fabricator of CertainTeed windows since 1984. The acquisition builds upon the relationship of the companies and strengthens CertainTeed’s position in the southeastern U.S. building products market, according to the PA-based company.

Oldcastle Glass Group Purchases Romag

The Oldcastle Glass Group, part of international building materials group CRH plc of Dublin, Ireland, purchased the laminating assets and inventory of Ft. Lauderdale, FL-based Romag in May. Romag, with annual sales of approximately $1.88 million, is the sole Florida producer of Sentry™ laminated glass, according to CRH.

SUSPA’s Parent Changes Ownership

A majority of shares of the parent of SUSPA, Inc., Suspa Compart AG, have been acquired by PPM Ventures of London, England. Prudential Corporation plc is the holding company for PPMV and is recognized for its large subsidiaries in the United States, Australia and the Far East. After a brief restructuring process, Suspa Compart AG says it targets an expansion of 45 percent within two years.


ASSOCIATIONS

Association Services Corporation Moves

Association Services Corporation (ASC), a multiple-association management company for the glass industry, moved to a new location in July. ASC can now be reached at 2945 S.W. Wanamaker Drive, Suite A, Topeka, KS 66614-5321; phone: 785/271-0208; fax: 785/271-0166. The firm manages associations including the Bath Enclosure Manufacturers Association, National Sunroom Association, Glazing Industry Code Committee, National Association of Mirror Manufacturers, Primary Glass Manufacturers Association, Glass Association of North America and the Technical Advisory Committee on Blast Resistant Glazing Systems. In addition, it manages Glass Week™.


CODES AND REGULATIONS

Final IBC Draft Available For Review

The final draft of the International Building Code (IBC) is available for review following the addition of revisions approved by the International Building Code Committee. It is available through Building Officials and Code Administrators International (BOCA), the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO) and Southern Building Code Congress International (SBCCI). Deadline for the submission of 1999 revisions will be set for sometime in October or November, according the committee. Following the 1999 revision cycle, the first edition of the IBC will be published.

Approved revisions include:

The committee rejected a proposed requirement for impact-resistant glazing in buildings located within one mile of the coastal mean high water or where the basic wind speed is 100 mph or greater.


COMPANIES

Custom Service Hardware Relocates

Custom Service Hardware of Cedarburg, WI, has moved to a facility triple the size of its previous plant and opened a new showroom. The new facility, located at 1170 Wauwatosa Road in Cedarburg, has a large showroom where visitors can see and touch most of its new products, even before they become available from the company officially. The company, a quick-ship in-stock source to the contracting and manufacturing industries, says the additional space was necessary to accommodate tremendous growth in recent years.

Harding Glass To Serve as Storefront Vendor for Gymboree Corporation

The Harding Glass unit of SunSource Inc. has reported that Gymboree Corporation of Burlingame, CA, has accepted a proposal that makes Harding its specified storefront vendor. Under the terms of the agreement, Gymboree will purchase a minimum of 20 storefront material packages from the Overland Park, KS-based unit, based on a value-engineered design and expected to save it approximately $2000 per store. Gymboree plans to open 100 stores in 1998 and a similar number in 1999.

Glass Corporations Named to Fortune Global 500

Glass makers Saint-Gobain of France and Asahi Glass of Japan were included in the Fortune Global 500 Ranked Within Industries in Fortune magazine, August 1998. Saint-Gobain and Asahi, the only two companies named in the building materials-glass industry, which ranked 43rd among the 45 industries included in the survey, ranked 206 and 414 respectively among the total 500 companies. Profits from the two glass companies were reported at $1.13 billion, while their 1997 revenues were said to be exceed $29.3 billion.

The chemicals industry, which named 16 companies including U.S.-based E.I. Dupont de Nemours, Dow Chemical and Monsanto, Netherlands-based Akzo Nobel and Japan-based Asahi Chemical Ltd., ranked 13th among the 45 industries included in the survey. Profits for the chemical companies named in the survey amounted to nearly $12 billion and 1997 revenues were $294.47 billion.

Industries that led the survey included banking, motor vehicles and parts and trading.

De Gorter Headquarters Moves

De Gorter, Inc. has moved its world headquarters to a new location. As of August 10, the company may be reached at 5623 Cannon Drive, Monroe, NC 28110; phone: 704/282-2055; fax: 704/225-8290.


MANUFACTURING, DISTRIBUTION AND PRODUCTION

Hoffer’s Adds Fabrication Capacity

Hoffer’s Inc. of Schofield, WI, has added a Tamglass tempering oven to its Glasmont facility in Indianapolis, IN. The oven is capable of tempering glass in sizes from four by 16 inches to 86 by 144 inches and thicknesses from 3.3 mm to 19 mm. The company says this brings its number of tempering ovens to three. Hoffer’s expects the plant to begin production of spandral glass soon.

In its Glass Fab plant in Wausau, WI, the company has added a Flow Systems waterjet cutter, capable of cutting glass in various shapes and thicknesses.


INDUSTRY-WIDE

Cardinal IG to Open Plant in California

Cardinal IG is constructing a new plant in Moreno Valley, CA, for the production of custom tempered glass. The plant, scheduled to beginning shipping glass in early September, will serve the region including California, Nevada and Arizona, according to the Minnetonka, MN-based company.

Scott Paisley has been appointed the facility’s plant manager. The plant will operate with 75 staff initially, and plans to expand to 200 full-time positions in the next two years. Cardinal also considered sites in Nevada and Arizona for the new plant.

Praxair Signs Contracts With Guardian Industries

Danbury, CT-based Praxair, Inc. has signed two multi-million dollar contracts to provide nitrogen and hydrogen to glass manufacturer Guardian Industries Corp. of Auburn Hills, MI, at its facilities in Geneva, NY, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The company will produce 60 tons per day of cryogenic nitrogen at each of the facilities, and will deliver one ton per day of hydrogen to each of the facilities. Guardian uses the nitrogen and hydrogen as inerting gases in its float glass furnaces.


MEDIA

Large Lite Breakage Prompts Media Attention

Panels of glass so large that the owners say they are manufactured just once a year were damaged by slingshot, according to the San Francisco Police. The damaged windows include several panels of large, half-inch thick untempered glass on either side of the cathedral entrance at St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco, CA. Four panels measuring nearly eight by 23 feet and three panels measuring approximately eight by eight feet were damaged.

According to the Archdiocese of San Francisco, the massive panels may cost $10,000 to $15,000 each to replace. It estimates that the total cost of replacing and installing the damaged glass panels could be $125,000.

Stained Glass Show Debuts on PBS

Glass with Vicki Payne, a nationally syndicated public television show starring hobby glass crafting expert Vicki Payne, debuted in July. The 30-minute how-to show covers new glass-craft techniques, glass instructors and studio glass artists discussing glass jewelry, beads and marbles, beveled windows and computer design. Glass is co-hosted by Payne’s daughter, Sloan Payne-Rutter, and carried by more than 110 public television stations nationwide.


QUALITY

Z. Bavelloni Division Achieves ISO 9001

The diamond tools division of Italy-based Z. Bavelloni S.p.A. has been assessed and registered as meeting the requirements of ISO 9001. The company says it undertook the certification process in an effort to provide a high level of constant service.


TECHNOLOGY

New Process Uses Mixed Cullet in Glassmaking

G.R. Technology Inc., a research and development firm in Haverford, PA, has developed a patented process that will enable the use of substantial amounts of mixed color recycled glass (known as cullet) in the manufacture of glass products. The CulChrome™ process, granted U.S. Patent No. 5,718,737, is expected to reduce costs for glass manufacturers and improve recycling efforts by facilitating the use of mixed cullet—containing amber, green and clear glass—in glass manufacturing, according to the firm.

The company also has a patent application pending for an automated method to use the process in a number of situations. The computerized method determines the proper amount of raw materials to add to a batch of mixed-color cullet so that the glass produced has the desired proportion of coloring oxides, redox agents and glass structural oxides.

G.R. Technology plans to commercialize the CulChrome™ process through licensing agreements and technical assistance.


SAFETY

OSHA Proposes "Plain Language" Requirements

OSHA has announced that worker protection rules for dipping and coating operations are being rewritten into plain language to help employers and employees better understand the requirements. The proposed revision, the second plain language initiative undertaken by the agency, is expected to preserve safety and health protections for employees and, at the same time, not increase the regulatory obligations of employers.


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