Volume 39, Issue 6, June  2004

CompanyNews

National Glass & Gate May Be Found Liable for “Cyber-Snooping”
Rhode Island-based National Glass & Gate (NGG) may be found liable by a superior court judge for allegedly copying information from a competitor’s computer, Chain Store Maintenance Inc. 

According to court documents, Patricia DiMascio, a full-time NGG employee who also worked part time for Chain Store, was asked by NGG chief operating officer Alan P. Riendeau to bring her laptop from Chain Store in to work. The documents said certain data, such as customer and subcontractor information, was downloaded from the laptop and saved to a disk. According to an article from The Call, a Woonsocket, R.I., newspaper, “Chain Store claims NGG used that information to gain ‘greater than $100,000 from vendors listed in [its] database.’”

While the case has yet to be set for trial, Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein, in a ruling on dueling motions for summary judgment, wrote: “The facts suggest that National and Riendeau intentionally, without authorization and indirectly through DiMascio, accessed the computer and the data contained in the computer,” reported The Call.

According to a press release issued by Chain Store’s attorney, Thomas Dickinson, half of the civil counts originally filed survived summary judgment.

Federal Bankruptcy Judge Grants Solutia Extension to Emerge
Federal bankruptcy judge Prudence Carter Beatty of New York has granted St. Louis-based Solutia Inc. an extension to file its bankruptcy plan until July 14, calling the extension “necessary and appropriate to carry out the provisions of the bankruptcy code.”

Solutia filed for Chapter 11 federal bankruptcy last December (see related story in the January 2004 USGlass, page 16) and was required by law to draft a new business plan within the first 120 days of bankruptcy that would show its lenders how it would return to profitability. That period, which would have expired in early May, gives the company the opportunity to formulate its restructuring without worrying about competing plans from competitors. The ruling gives Solutia until September 12 to solicit creditors’ votes to approve whatever plan emerges.

According to Solutia spokesperson Gary Ruskin, such extensions, in some cases, multiple ones, are common in complex bankruptcy matters.

TruSeal Earns ISO Certification; Updates Website
TruSeal Technologies of Beachwood, Ohio, has announced that it has received ISO 9001:2000 certification for its manufacturing facility in Barboursville, Ky.

“Achieving ISO 9001:2000 certification is just one example of the many initiatives we take to ensure TruSeal products meet the highest quality standards in the industry,” said August J. “Gus” Coppola, president. “This continuous commitment to quality manufacturing assures our customers that they will receive consistently high-quality products year-round.”

TruSeal has also added a new online ordering system to its website,www.truseal.com, that allows insulating glass manufacturers to order replacement parts for hand-tool applicators. The company says the hand tools are used for applying its flexible warm-edge spacers to glass. 

Safe America Conducts Disaster Simulations

In an effort to understand how communities recover after a terrorist attack, the Safe America Foundation is conducting strategic disaster simulations in certain cities throughout the United States. The organization is involving the window film industry, as well as government leaders, in the project.

Of those organizations supporting the project is the International Window Film Association (IWFA). Through the IWFA’s support, the project is expected to continue over a two-year period. The first event will take place June 29-30 in Atlanta and be conducted by Booz Allen Hamilton, a leader in war game strategies. 

The exercise will be designed to focus on strategic terrorist tar-gets and extended neighborhoods.

“This will be the first exercise known to address the issues of cooperative economic and physical recovery,” said Darrell Smith, executive director of the IWFA, and co-chair of the “Operation Safe America” simulation. “We can test that belief through simulations. This exercise will be invaluable as we look at the building and window safety and consider new protection standards.”

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