SAGE Secures $100 Million in Loans, Tax Credits for New
SAGE Electrochromics Inc. has been offered a conditional commitment for
a $72 million loan guarantee by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Coupled
with a $31 million Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit awarded earlier
this year, the company has now secured more than $100 million in federal
funding, which will help it establish a facility for manufacturing its
electronically tintable glass. The company plans to tap the DOE funding
to build a high-volume manufacturing plant next to its headquarters in
The 250,000-square-foot facility is expected to add 160 full-time green
manufacturing and technology jobs to the 100 jobs in SAGE’s current plant
in southern Minnesota. More than 200 construction jobs are expected to
be created. Groundbreaking is scheduled for this year, and the plant will
begin shipping its products in the latter part of 2011.
SAGE president and chief executive officer John Van Dine hopes that the
company’s new facility will reflect its “green” message both inside and
out. “The new SAGE manufacturing plant will have many green features and
we hope to attain a LEED certified silver or gold rating,” he says.
Among the features that the company plans to incorporate into the new
facility are installation of its own SageGlass® windows to reduce
HVAC equipment size, building electrical usage and electrical peak demand;
implementation of daylighting throughout the building with integrated
lighting controls and SageGlass® windows; and enhanced ventilation
and indoor air quality via operable windows.
In announcing the funding, the DOE cited electrochromic glazings as “the
next major advance in energy-efficient window technology.” According to
Van Dine, the new facility will help to overcome some of the hurdles that
may be preventing these products from becoming “mainstream” now.
“The higher production volumes made possible by the new facility will
bring the cost of the product down dramatically, allowing it to become
a mainstream product when the plant is fully operational,” says Van Dine.
He adds, “Greater capacity will also supply the increasing demand and
shorten lead times. The new facility will produce much larger sheets of
glass, up to 5 by 10 feet (current size is 60 by 40 inches), which is
highly desired by architects and builders.”
Feds Investigate Minnesota Plane Crash
Federal investigators are planning a hearing over the cause of the July
31, 2008, plane crash that killed Marc Rosenberg and Alan Barnett, chief
operating officer and assistant project manger for APG International,
a Glassboro, N.J.-based contract glazing company (see September 2008 USGlass,
page 18). Those aboard the plane were customers of Viracon and were traveling
to the company’s headquarters in Owatonna, Minn., for a meeting to discuss
the Revel Hotel & Casino project in Atlantic City.
John Bush Launches New Consulting Company
John Bush, who most recently served as the director of laminated products
for Oldcastle Glass, has launched a new company, John Bush Consulting
Inc. With more than 21 years experience in glass fabrication, Bush says
he started the company to support the glass fabrication industry in response
to recent requests for assistance.
“I have been encouraged by the number of my contacts who have expressed
a need for a true independent opinion,” he says, explaining that, given
the slow economy, the time was ideal to start a consulting business.
“A lot of companies may not have the in-house expertise [for various projects]
and in this economy they don’t want to hire anyone permanent until the
recession turns around,” Bush tells USGlass. “So companies are more likely
to bring people on short-term to help them through these projects; they
are more prepared to take on a consultant.”
Bush says he will be focusing on a variety of project types such as technical,
marketing, product development and troubleshooting.
Kawneer to Invest in Central and Eastern Canada Markets
Kawneer Co. Inc. plans to combine its current Scarborough, Ontario, facility
and Mississauga, Ontario, service center into a new and expanded fabrication
center by the end of fourth quarter 2010. New fabrication capabilities
will be added to its Montreal service center. According to the announcement,
these changes also will provide customers in Central and Eastern Canada
with increased production, resulting in shorter lead times and enhanced
“This significant investment in state-of-the-art fabrication equipment
and technology will greatly improve our flexibility and capability to
service the needs of the Central and Eastern Canadian markets in two convenient
locations and is a reflection of Kawneer’s commitment to the Canadian
market and growing its business with Canadian customers,” says Tom Szematowicz,
director of the company’s service centers.
Crystal Window & Door Systems has clarified what the integration mentioned
in a news story that ran in the March 2010 USGlass, page 12, entails.
The company is combining the operations of its Chicago and New York facilities.
The company states that neither location is actually closing.
YKK AP America in Austell, Ga., has expanded its presence
into Michigan by partnering with Statre Corp., an independent manufacturer’s
representative … Quixsilver Systems Architectural Glazing Solutions of
San Jose, Calif., is the new exclusive representative for Orange, Calif.-based
Calibre Door Closers Inc. for the Northern California and Northern Nevada
regions … Italian machinery manufacturer For.El. has announced the launch
of a new website at www.forelspa.com … Exact Finish Inc. in Kernersville,
N.C., a manufacturer of glass and aluminum interior products, has announced
that it now will do business under the new name of EFI.
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