Volume 39, Issue 2, February  2004

CompanyNews

University of Minnesota Workshop 
Named for Minnesota Glazing Contractor

The University of Minnesota’s College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture Work-shop (CALA) has been named in honor of William L. (Bill) Hall and the W.L. Hall Co., a Minnesota-based glazing contractor.

The W.L. Hall Workshop is designed to provide students an environment to investigate materials, build models, create conceptual, three dimensional forms and explore possibilities and properties of materials and building processes.

“The support of Bill Hall and his company has been invaluable in furthering the college’s ability to provide students with top-notch facilities,” said Sue Danielson Bretheim, CALA’s director of development. “In the W.L. Hall Workshop students get extensive, hands-on experience with building materials and processes.”

Hall has been a volunteer for the college and has served on its advisory board. In 2000 he was made an AIA honorary member.

“Quite simply, I believe architecture helps define the fabric of our society,” said Hall. “Whether it be where we work, play, learn or worship, architecture enables the human spirit to perform its best.” 

Starphire Glass Used in Patriotic Display Cases

PPG’s Starphire glass has a new home among the Charters of Freedom. The “ultra-clear” glass was used in the National Archives Building display case that holds the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and the Bill of Rights. 

Unlike conventional glass that has a green tinge, Starphire is said to be the clearest float glass in the world, according to Mark J. Orcutt, vice president of flat glass. PPG donated 1,500 square feet of glass for the project. 
For the project, 3/8-inch thick Starphire glass, laminated with Solutia’s Saflex® PVB, was used. It was covered with an anti-reflective coating from Denglass Technologies LLC.

Innovative Glass Acquires License from Research Frontiers
Innovative Glass Corp. has acquired a non-exclusive license from Research Frontiers Inc. to manufacture and sell SPD-Smart™ windows, doors, skylights and other products in North America. Under the license, a 10- to 15-percent royalty will go to Research Frontiers on all sales of licensed products.

In addition, Innovative Glass Corp. has introduced its EGlass™ product lines, including windows, doors, skylights and interior partitions, which use SPD-Smart or liquid crystal films laminated between glass or plastic and custom fabricated into argon-filled insulating glass units. The products, according to the company, electronically tint, shade and give privacy when a button is pushed.

“EGlass offers superior heat, light and vision control, blocking 99 percent of damaging ultraviolet rays while eliminating the need for mechanical shades, blinds and other window coverings to control the light and heat coming into the home or office,” said Steve Abadi, Innovative Glass chairperson.
Info www.innovativeglasscorp.com or call 516/681-9300.

Werner Relocates Facility to Tustin, Calif.

Werner Systems, a manufacturer of custom aluminum glazing systems and building envelopes, has moved into a recently remodeled facility in Tustin, Calif. The new facility consists of 40,000 square feet of fabrication and assembly space and 17,000 square feet of office space.

According to the company, the move was necessary due to the growing demand for pre-engineered and fabricated glazing systems in the United States. Expanded capabilities include a larger engineering department and additional space for fabrication. 
Info www.wernerengineering.com or call 714/731-9999.

Dow’s Trade Mate® Changes Name; Launches Online Calculators 
Dow Corning Corp. has announced that its silicone sealant Trade Mate is changing its brand name to Dow Corning. For the past two years the building sealant line, which is used in applications such as vinyl windows, has carried both names. New packaging will reflect the name change, but the products will remain the same.

In addition, Dow Corning has added a set of new construction calculators to its website, www.dowcorning.com. The company says the tools are designed to make construction planning easy by offering useful reference data.
The new tools include applications for figuring sealant and primer usage, structural bite, deadload, 
glueline thickness and thermal movement.
Info www.dowcorning.com or call 989/496-6000.

Goldfus Plans to Sell 130,000 Shares 
Minneapolis-based Apogee Enter-prises Inc.’s director Donald W. Goldfus has entered into a Rule 10b5-1 trading plan to sell up to 130,000 shares of the company’s common stock. The shares may be sold any time the shares achieve a certain prearranged minimum price, and sales may take place over a period of three months, which began January 19, 2004, and will end April 19, 2004. The counter party under the plan is Piper Jaffray & Co., and the plan is dated January 5, 2004.

DWS Defense Systems Forms Partnership with Protective PAS
DWS Defense Systems Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of DataWorld Solutions Inc., has announced a partnership with Protective Armored Systems (PAS). PAS specializes in bullet-resistant and security glazing for government, military, institutional and commercial markets. According to a press release, DWS Defense Systems was created due to DataWorld’s clients’ increasing safety and security concerns. 

“We are proud and honored to enter into a strategic teaming relationship with Protective Armored Systems. This relationship will ensure that DWS Defense Systems’ emergence in the safety and security arena will be enhanced by its delivery of high-quality manufactured glass and polymer laminated products,” said Daniel McPhee, DWS chief executive officer.
Info www.dataworlddirect.com or www.pasarmored.com. 


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