Volume 38, Issue 7, July 2003
PPG Awarded Grant for Innovation in Occupational and Environmental Health
Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries has received an Innovation in Occupational and Environmental Health Grant for $25,000 to help implement its program to improve the early diagnosis, treatment and management of depression for employees, retirees and family members.
PPG joined Johns Hopkins University as the only organizations to receive the grant sponsored by the Occupational and Environmental Health Foundation, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and Pfizer Inc., a pharmaceutical company. The grant award was presented to Dr. Alberto Colombi, PPG’s corporate medical director, at the American Conference of Occupational Health in Atlanta.
According to the grant sponsors, PPG exhibited “exceptional innovation and dedication” in addressing the challenge of depression.
“We are extremely gratified to earn this prestigious grant,” said David C. Cannon Jr., PPG’s vice president of environment, health and safety. “We at PPG have long recognized that depression has a profound effect on a person’s health, quality of life and productivity. We want to do all within our power to help our people combat this insidious disease.”
Eliminating the stigma that can accompany depression is part of PPG’s program, developed in association with the Pittsburgh Regional Health Care Initiative. It provides early diagnosis and treatment through coordination of PPG’s employee assistance program, personal care physicians and specialists.
“The real tragedy of depression is that people can be treated successfully, but often are not because of the historically fragmented medical care system,” Colombi said. “Appropriate treatment isn’t costly, but not treating depression can cause major disruptions in a person’s work and personal life.”
Info visit www.ppg.com or call 412-434-3131.
Ultrafab and Tsuchiya
Ultrafab of Farmington, N.Y., and Japan-based Tsuchiya TSCO, an affiliate of Tsuchiya Company Ltd., have expanded their long-term technology agreement.
Guardian Launches High Tech Glass Coater in Luxembourg
Guardian has launched a new glass coater at Guardian Luxcoating S.A. in Bascharge, Luxembourg. His Royal Highness Duke of Luxembourg commemorated the ceremony, which took place June 25.
According to Guardian, the 269,000-square-foot sputter coating facility (next to the company’s first European float plant) will occupy 21 acres and produce a variety of high-quality solar management products including the Sun-Guard® series; low-E coated glass for residential applications; and infrared reflective (IRR) coated glass.
“In recent years, Guardian has committed substantial financial and human resources to develop and produce innovative, value-added glass coatings for our customers,” said William Davidson, Guardian president and chief executive officer. “We have demonstrated that commitment with two world-class research centers, one in Europe and one in the United States, sophisticated plants around the globe and now this highly advanced coater in Bascharge.”
Guardian invested more than $100 million in this new facility to develop a unique U-shaped coater configuration, a 230-foot bridge between the two plants for delivery and shipping, a conveyance system, automated packing and the capability to cut finished sizes on line. The plant will employ 100 people.
Info www.guardian.com or call 248/340-1800.
Grenzebach and Millennium Control Reach Agreement
Grenzebach Corp. of Newnan Ga., and Millennium Control Systems of Cleveland have announced a cooperation agreement relating to their efforts within the North American glass industry. The agreement was signed May 13 in Newnan. According to information released by Grenzebach, the two companies have combined their strengths to better serve mutual customers.
Through the agreement, Grenzebach and Millennium will share technical knowledge and resources to develop systems for companies that manufacture flat glass products including float, coated and tempered glass.
The two companies will continue to operate as separate entities and independent in areas not covered under the agreement.
Info www.grenzebach.com or call 770/253-4980.
United Glass Wins Award
United Glass & Panel Systems of North Canton, Ohio, has received the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce’s business excellence award. The award was given in recognition of the company’s growth, service, production innovation and community involvement.
“Receiving this honor was a surprise and a great pleasure,” said United Glass’ president Tom Nesbitt. “We never set out to win any awards … we just focused on doing a good job for our customers while giving back something to the community.”
Among the accomplishments that were considered by the judges was the 30-percent increase in sales United Glass achieved in 2002 and the companies “project rebuild,” designed to provide building trade-related education to at-risk youth.
Info call 330/433-9220.
Juba Wins Safety Award
Juba Aluminum Products of Concord, N.C., has announced the reception of a merit award for outstanding safety performance for 2002 by the Carolinas Associated General Contractors of America.
“We are proud to receive this merit award,” explained Juba’s chief executive officer John D. Juba. “The safety performance of a company has become more of a determining factor in the bid process and we believe such achievements in our safety programs will work to Juba’s advantage.”
“Ensuring the safety of Juba employees and our associates is a priority at all levels within the organization,” said Johnny Ray, vice-president of field operations. “Juba continuously educates employees on safety awareness and practices and has safety incentive programs to reward employees for exercising good safety habits. Although we are pleased with our progress, we are always looking for ways to enhance and improve our safety program.”
Info www.juba-alum.com or call 704/262-4460.
DFI and AST Sign Agreement
Diamon-Fusion International (DFI) of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., has signed a 5-year license agreement with Applied Surface Technology (AST) of Albuquerque, N.M. Under the agreement, AST will develop DFI’s proprietary process in both residential and commercial markets in New Mexico.
“We look forward to the exciting challenges and opportunities associated in partnering with DFI to establish a lasting and thriving business in New Mexico with such innovative technology,” said Robert T. Sanders, AST’s managing director.
“This new strategic alliance is mainly focused on the expansion of the U.S. market and highly oriented toward research and development, given the abundance of technology resources and the access that AST will provide to us in New Mexico,” said Guillermo U. Seta, DFI’s executive director.
PGT of Venice, Fla., has announced the second annual PGT WinGuard® home showcase contest. The deadline for entries is October 31, 2003, and must include a completed copy of the official PGT WinGuard home showcase contest form and project photos in color print or digital output format. Entrants may submit an unlimited number of projects ( www.winguard.com) … This past May, C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) hosted a managers’ meeting at its Los Angeles corporate headquarters. Managers toured the expanded headquarters and the new manufacturing facility … (www.crlaurence.com)
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