Volume 43, Issue 10 - October 2008

Company News

Ohio Gratings Expands into
Architectural Metals Market

Ohio Gratings Inc. in Canton, Ohio, has added a new division to its company—OGi Architectural Metal Solutions. This new division has been created to expand into the architectural metals market providing aluminum, carbon and stainless steel products for projects requiring architectural applications such as sunshades, grilles, fencing, handrail infill, building facades, louvers and ADA walking surfaces.

“The new division was tied into the Florida joint venture with American Metalco,” explains Carl Griffin, director of marketing.

In May, Ohio Gratings Inc. had announced a joint venture with American Metalco in Longwood, Fla. (see July 2008 USGlass, page 26).

Griffin adds, “While they operate within the state of Florida, our new division will focus on hot spots within the United States, looking at opportunities in Chicago and New York City as well as the Southwest. Louvers, grilles and sunscreen are more prevalent in the sunnier, hotter climates in the Southeast and Southwest.”

Since adding this division the company has hired one individual with experience in the architectural field, and are making plans to hire additional help. In the meantime, the company is expecting its new division to benefit from its relationship with its joint venture partner.

“We’ll learn from American Metalco as they have more experience in this market. Their services include design and structural engineering support for their products, which also are more diverse than our product offering at this point. Our manufacturing facilities in Canton will come up to speed and produce some of the products they currently are buying from other sources. They also have experience installing their products, something we currently stay away from,” Griffin says.

“All and all, it’s a win-win for Ohio Gratings and our architectural division and partner.”

PAVEing the Way for
Veterans to Own Businesses Glass Doctor, a part of The Dwyer Group Inc. in Waco, Texas, has initiated a program to assist veterans in building their own businesses.

The Program for Assisting Veteran
Entrepreneurship (PAVE) offers veterans and their families an opportunity to put the practical management skills they developed in the military to use in civilian life. PAVE is open to all veterans who have been honorably discharged by a DD214 or similar documentation. The program offers veterans a variety of benefits. ❙❙➤ www.glassdoctor.com

Edgetech I.G. Unveils
SustainaView™ Campaign
Responding to a growing need for sustainable products, Edgetech I.G. in Cambridge, Ohio, has launched the SustainaView™ Window Technology marketing campaign that is designed to educate building owners on the environmental benefits of Super Spacer®.

The SustainaView campaign includes product literature, a DVD, posters and window labels, and is soon to be followed by a customized web page. Among the product literature is a full-color brochure that discusses how windows made with SustainaView technology help homeowners cut energy costs while standing the test of time.

All SustainaView literature is produced using waterless printing on Forest Stewardship Council-certified paper, as waterless printing has the ability to produce high-quality prints in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way. ❙❙➤ www.sustainaview.com

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Kaba-Ilco Site
Has New Look
Kaba-Ilco Corp. has unveiled a new user-friendly design for its corporate website, www.kaba-ilco.com. Its homepage is the gateway to Ilco Key Systems, Kaba Access Control and Ilco Lodging Systems.

The company says the revamped website is more intuitive than it was before and has been reorganized for quick and easy navigation. The site includes straightforward menu tabs, interactive tools and downloadable files, as well as a myriad of service and support information. One of the new features on the site is a “Literature and Support” grid that is organized by product category to make finding specific product documents efficient. The site is updated regularly with schedules for training seminars, traveling exhibits and trade shows. ❙❙➤ www.kaba-ilco.com

Fletcher-Terry
Redesigns Its Website
With its redesigned, more user-friendly website, Fletcher-Terry in Farmington, Conn., aims to enhance its customers’ experience. Users will always remain on the homepage, where a single click will link the visitor to complete product information, aided with an extended side navigation menu.

The site also offers product crossover linking to assist customers with product choices based on which substrate they are cutting. Distributors also have a home link to their own portal site where they can download product images and brochures at the click of a button. ❙❙➤ www.fletcher-terry.com

Flower City Glass
Blossoms on the Web
Flower City Glass in Rochester, N.Y., has launched an all-new website at www.FlowerCityGlass.com. The site features a simple “request a free quote” option for visitors seeking specific quotes from the company’s full-service commercial and residential glass departments, and also has a complete “Employment Opportunities” section.

In addition to the user-friendly navigation, the site houses detailed image galleries highlighting the company’s work throughout the Rochester, Syracuse and Buffalo, N.Y., regions. ❙❙➤ www.flowercityglass.com

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Glass Companies
Make the Ranks on
2008 Inc. 5000 List
A number of glass-industry related companies were ranked on Inc.com’s 2008 listing of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the United States. Some glass industry companies on this year’s list include the following:
• American Defense Systems Inc. (ADSI) in Hicksville, N.Y. – number 6966;
• Arrow Glass & Mirror in Austin, Texas—number 1,151;
• Nana Wall Systems in Mill Valley, Calif.—number 1,482;
• M3 Glass Technology in Irving, Texas—number 2,126;
• Coastal Glass Distributors in Charleston, S.C.—number 4,439; and
• Edgetech I.G. in Cambridge, Ohio—number 4,477.

The Inc. 5000 list measures revenue growth from 2004 to 2007. In order to qualify companies must be based in the United States, privately held and independent. They must have had at least $200,000 in revenue in 2004 and $2 million in 2007.

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GANA Issues
New Laminating Specification and Presentation The Glass Association of North America (GANA) has released a new specification from its Laminating Division. The Standard Specification for Ball Drop Impact Resistance of Laminated Architectural Flat Glazing is a companion piece for the Division’s ball drop test method, which was released in 2006. The purpose of the specification is to be used as an in-plant quality control test for laminated glass.

GANA also has had a new presentation accredited by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) with one learning unit toward continuing education in the architectural field. “Coated Glass” looks at the history and technology behind glass coatings, as well as applications and enhancements, specificallyin the realm of energy efficiency. It examines various technologies and applications, as well as cost savings to buildings that utilize coated glazing in the structure. ❙❙➤ www.glasswebsite.com

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