Volume 35, Number 9, September 2000
the industry in the media spotlight
PBSs This Old House Uses Weather Shield ® Windows & Doors
Products from Weather Shield Windows & Doors were recently chosen for use in a Santa Barbara, Calif., renovation project filmed by PBSs This Old House show. The 1907 arts-and-crafts style bungalow house overlooking the Pacific Ocean is receiving a complete renovation.
Were always looking for innovative products to feature, said series producer Bruce Irving. With these windows we were especially impressed with their combined features traditional hardwood look, energy-efficient glass and beautiful cherry interiors.
A variety of casement, awning and picture windows were used, along with interior French doors, all part of Weather Shields custom wood interiors collection.
Glass Industry Companies among Fortunes Admired
Several prominent glass-related companies made the grade recently when Fortune magazine put together its annual listing of the Most Admired Companies of 1999. Corning retained the number one spot for the glass building materials category, taking first place in the category two years in a row. Published in Fortunes February 21, 2000 issue, the list ranked Alcoa number one in the metals industry, with Nucor ranked number two. Both companies repeat their 1998 appearance. In the chemicals industry, Dupont was ranked number one, also repeating its 1998 rank. In a separate listing of ratings by reputation attributes, Dupont ranked second for social responsibility.
Flour City International Named Champion of Industry
Flour City International, located in Kingsport, Tenn., was recently featured on Pat Summeralls Champions of Industry series. The show focused on Flour City as a leader in the design, fabrication, and installation of custom exterior wall systems used in the construction of both commercial and governmental buildings.
Boston Glassworks of Old Featured in
Boston has acquired yet another historical legacy. However, the newest legacy is literally more sordid than that of the Boston Tea Party and the days of yore.
A recent excavation led to the discovery of toxic nineteenth-century glass, according to Scientific American Discovering Archaeology. The glass contains lead, arsenic, and mercury, added accidentally when broken perfume bottles, pressed tablewares, ointment boxes, medicine bottles, and test tubes were swept into the new product.
Three glass manufacturers were located near Boston in the 1840s, including the American Glass Company, which was located on the site where the glass was found, according to the publications June issue.
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