Volume 42, Issue 4 - April 2007
JEB’s New Plant Begins Fabrication
JEB also announced that it named Dow Corning of Midland, Mich., its 2006 Supplier of the Year. Dow Corning has been supplying its silicone insulating glass sealants to JEB for more than two decades. www.jeberkowitz.com
Trainor to Focus on Preglazed Projects
The company decided that spinning the division off will better service what it sees as the increasing trend toward unitization and pre-glazing of curtainwalls in Illinois and the surrounding states. The company says that unitized and pre-glazed wall systems are no longer just for high-rise buildings; they are growing in market share on mid-size as well as major projects. The new division will allow the company to have a narrower focus on unitized projects. www.trainorglass.com
Milestone: 10 Billion Feet of Intercept Installed
Since its introduction in 1992, Intercept Spacer has been installed in more than 500 million windows throughout North America and Europe. Silver Line achieved this landmark in the fourth quarter of 2006.
“Our state-of-the-art, fully-integrated i-3 lean manufacturing IG frame production system, in conjunction with the proven Intercept Spacer, has enabled our customers to routinely produce thousands of IG windows day-after-day with 100-percent computer controlled repeatable quality,” says Ron Auletta, president, GED Integrated Solutions. “It is no surprise that the 10 billion foot milestone has been achieved in just 14 years. All of us at GED offer our sincere thanks to our customers who have made this milestone a reality, and who continue to add significant additional mileage to the record each and every day.” www.interceptspacer.com
Linetec Named Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year
Oldcastle Glass® To Open New Georgia Fabrication Facility
“Designed to capitalize on the $34 billion Southeast U.S. non-residential construction market, the new manufacturing facility will substantially increase tempering, laminated glass and insulating glass capacity,” said Oldcastle Glass general manager Paul Mahedy. “Oldcastle Glass is consolidating its existing Lithia Springs and Stone Mountain [Georgia] facilities into a new, world-class glass fabrication facility,” Mahedy added. The new plant will produce a complete range of architectural glass products and, according to the company, is positioned to grow market share for Oldcastle Glass’s® exclusive high-performance StormGlassTM hurricane-resistant glass and SunGlassTM solar control glass.
“Atlanta is the right strategic fit for our hurricane-resistant glass strategy, in part, because many states in coastal hurricane regions have enacted new building codes that require hurricane-resistant glazing similar to those of Florida’s Miami-Dade County, the most stringent in the nation,” said Ted Hathaway, chief executive officer of Oldcastle Glass. “With the implementation of these new, more rigorous building codes, hurricane-resistant laminated glass is the fastest growing segment of the architectural glass market. This new plant re-positions Oldcastle Glass in the Southeast U.S. non-residential construction market and increases our capacity for high-volume projects,” Hathaway added.