Volume 39, Issue 6, June  2004

Distribution&Production

Desert Glass Raises Prices Rather than Surcharging
Desert Glass Products of North Las Vegas, Nev., announced that it has eliminated fuel surcharges from its invoices.

“ … We have decided to stop passing on confusing percentages and square foot surcharges with each invoice,” said Matt Hale of Desert Glass Products in a letter to customers. “We are simply going to tell you what our price is and bill you that price. If we have to adjust them again later, we’ll tell you then.”

Desert Glass says the increase was implemented in this manner because “pricing policies of … suppliers are [its] concern, not [its] customers.”

The fuel surcharges have long been a sore point for many in the industry.

“We are going to improve our overall level of customer service by making our pricing very simple and straightforward,” said Hale.

Morse Industries Announces Growth for Charlotte Location
Morse Industries of Kent, Wash., has announced that its newest plant in Charlotte, N.C., grew 71 percent in this year’s first quarter compared to the same period last year. The Charlotte operation opened in September 2002.

“Charlotte has been a great central location for us,” said Jeffrey Morse, owner and account manager in the Mid-Atlantic region. “Most of our customers are serviceable within 24 hours by truck delivery.”

DuPont Plans for Plant Expansion
DuPont has announced plans to add a $15 million glass interlayer manufacturing line to its Fayetteville, N.C., location. The new line, which will produce SentryGlas® Plus interlayers, is expected to begin production early next year.

“The selection of Fayetteville Works speaks well for our employees’ capability and flexibility to meet the needs of a growing business,” said Barry Hudson, Fayetteville Works manager. “The new manufacturing facility will add approximately 40 DuPont and contractor jobs at full capacity for the SentryGlas Plus product.”

Joel Berman Announces Distributors for New Berman Glass editions
Joel Berman, principal of Joel Berman Glass Studios Ltd. has launched a new glass company, Berman Glass editions Inc. The company will design and manufacture readily available, economical glass for building and construction applications. 

The glass will be available through the following authorized distributors:
Garibaldi Glass, Vancouver, British Columbia; Coastal Glass Distributors, Charleston, S.C.; and Torstenson Glass Co., Chicago.

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National Adhesives announced a 7-percent increase in the price of all its adhesives in the United States, which was to be effective June 1 … Midland, Mich.-based Dow Corning Corp. has changed the name of its Dow Corning® Tilt-Up Weatherproofing Sealant to Dow Corning® Contractors Concrete Sealant (CCS). The company says CCS will be priced in the same range as comparable urethane sealants … Absolute Glass Protection Inc. of Las Vegas, which distributes and applies safety and security film laminates, is forming a separate company to promote sales and distribution internationally … Systems & Components Group, which represents companies that produce components for the window, door and insulating glass industries, has formed a representative alliance with CRP Sales, which was started by Curt Pomerville, formerly with McKeegan Sales and Equipment … 

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