Volume 44, Issue 7 - July 2009
AGC Merges Flat and Auto Glass Divisions to Boost Productivity
As the outlook for the global economy in 2009 remains uncertain, and the economic growth of emerging countries that have led AGC’s worldwide growth is expected to slow down, the company expects shipments of flat and automotive glass to remain flat in 2009 throughout all regions. Moreover, the company expects the growth rate of glass for solar cells to slow as a result of the worsening economic climate. Based on the outlook for these and other business conditions, without changing any of its initial plans related to FY 2009 forecast, AGC expects its income for the half to be significantly down.
In a May article in the Kingsport Times-News, Chris Correnti, AGC vice president, general counsel and secretary, stated, “We think it’s going to be good for our Kingsport services group.
... As far as the total company in North America, there might be some more layoffs, but it shouldn’t impact our plants here because they’re not in the automotive side of the business.”
USGlass could not reach Correnti for comment as of press time as to whether other employees or customers may be impacted by the merger.
Asahi Glass Co. Outlook for Consolidated Operating Results for the First Half of Fiscal
Doralco Expands Capacity in First
“We’ve been very fortunate to enjoy good growth in this economy,” says Tom O’Malley, vice president of sales, who attributes this to three things: “the partnerships with our suppliers and customers; our team’s commitment to always exceeding our customers’ expectations; and our new product innovation.”
The company says the additional capacity is needed to handle increased demand for column covers.
“This new expansion just gives us another edge against our column cover competition and gives us the capacity to maintain one of the fastest turnaround times in the industry,” says Brian Clifford, president. “I know it’s crazy, but we’ve actually been able to turn the economic downturn into new business through fresh thinking and only the best
U.S. House Republican Leader Visits Deceuninck North America
“He was in the moment and aware of our processes here and the fact that we have had to close two plants in the past two years,” said Parrish, adding that while Deceuninck, like so many others in the building products industry, has been faced with difficult times, he is still looking forward to a North American expansion strategy when the economy can support that.
“That’s part of the reason I invited him here; because we are invested and committed to a North American presence and expansion. We’re here to stay,” said Parrish who noted that even though Rep. Boehner had not supported the stimulus plan, it indeed has benefited the company.
“We’ve recently started hiring again and our orders are
increasing,” said Parrish.
Vice President Biden Visits Republic Windows/Serious
The plant, which will largely be producing commercial windows, wasn’t up and running at the time, but Serious was prepared to re-open by July and slowly bring back more workers. Approximately a dozen re-hired plant workers were on-hand for this event.
Serious Materials president Kevin Surace said the plant’s re-opening “will bring life back to American manufacturing. Without the Recovery Act this would not have been possible.”
“We’re not measured by a jump in the gross domestic product,” Biden said, “but by the men and women who will come back to work here.
”He also said he’d like to come back to the plant in the future.
“I hope I’m invited back when 600 workers are working three shifts.”
That visit may be a long way off, but the workers who have been re-hired say they long for that day as well, including Armando Robles, a maintenance worker at the factory and president of UE Local 1110, who spoke with USGlass.
“This is great for us,” said Robles. “We hope that all our workers will come.
”Melvin Maclin, vice president of the union, added that he looks forward to the new ownership.
“During a time when other companies are going out of business, Serious is expanding,” he said. “We never gave up hope that we would come back.
”Pete Kovacik was hired in April as commercial sales manager for the Midwest region, and previously worked for Traco.
“We are looking at some innovative things for heavy commercial [applications] and will manufacture these with the most energy-efficient materials,” Kovacik said.
Surace said the plant already has the capabilities to produce
commercial glass. It has three glass lines and a tempering line in house.
“They [the former owners] invested heavily,” said Surace.