Volume 36, Issue 2, February 2001
Increasing Natural Gas Cost Lead to Second Hike in Float Glass Price
Float glass suppliers have once again initiated an energy surcharge due to the
rising costs of natural gas, the second since October 2000 (see related story, November
2000, USGlass, page 20.). The surcharges originate with flat glass suppliers altering last
falls $300 surcharge per truckload of raw glass to $500 per load, which went into
effect January 1, 2001. Many fabricators and distributors unable to absorb the increase
have had to pass the surcharge on to their customers as well, with surcharges ranging from
1.5 percent to 4.5 percent.
In a letter to customers from HGP Industries dated December 15, 2000, HGP general manager
Dave Mailhiot and assistant general manager Michele Kramer state: To recover this
increase in our raw gas costs, effective January 1, 2001, we will add a 6 cents per square
foot energy surcharge to your invoice
Milgard Tempering Inc. sent a similar
letter to its customers stating, During the past three months, natural gas prices
have continued to rise. As we anticipated back in October, the surcharge per truckload to
glass fabricators has just increased again
based on this rate change, we will be
implementing a surcharge of 1.5 percent on all shipments effective January 2, 2001. This
temporary surcharge will be applied to all invoices, including quoted projects.
Other surcharges have been initiated by companies such as Arch Aluminum & Glass Co.
with a 6 percent increase and Karas & Karas with a 9 percent increase.
Future quarterly energy surcharge adjustments are expected by
USGlass will keep you informed.
Action Bullet Resistant Gets a New Home
Action Bullet Resistant of West Islip, N.Y., packed up and moved just a few doors down to
its new location. We outgrew our old location, said Lenny Simonetti, Action
Bullet Resistant president.
The new location is four times the size of the previous facility, and the company says
they will now be able to better accommodate the industrys growing demand for
bullet-resistant aluminum doors and framing systems.
Along with the move to a new building, the company also expanded and upgraded its
computers and Internet systems. A larger fabrication space and a growing drafting
department are other expansions included in the move. We made all the changes to
better market and expedite orders, said Simonetti. Now that we have moved and
expanded, we can stock and warehouse more for our customers.
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