More articles by Carl Levesque

Some Glass Shops Thrive in the “Era of Angie’s List;” Others Not So Much

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Ratings-oriented websites such as Angie’s List and Yelp are driving consumer decisions more than ever, and glass shops around the country are making the necessary business adjustments at varying paces. Count Drexler Shower Door & Custom Glass in Atlanta as … Continue reading

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Industry, Unions Grapple with OSHA Silica Rulemaking

Courtney Little spoke to BEC Conference attendees in March about OSHA’s proposed silica rule.

Stakeholders in the glass industry continue to assess the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA) proposal to reduce the permissible exposure limit (PEL) of crystalline silica, the public comment period for which recently ended. The argument behind the proposed rulemaking … Continue reading

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Is North America Ready for IGU Integrated Glass Shading?

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The incorporation of advanced shading into insulating glass units (IGUs) may be more prevalent in Europe than it is in North America, and while market barriers, such as cost do exist, the technology may also present a growth opportunity here, … Continue reading

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Dlubak Corp. Files to Convert Chapter 11 Case to Chapter 7; Dlubak Specialty Glass Continues Under Grey Mountain Ownership

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Dlubak Corp., the Blairsville, Pa.-based supplier of security glass and architectural flat and bent glass laminates that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last August, filed a motion on March 7 to convert the case to a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. … Continue reading

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Glass Companies Work to Educate on Using Proper Glass Selections

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With glass technology, building codes, and even the makeup of the architecture field all experiencing significant change during recent years, the need for information and education about low-E glass and solar control options—as well as how those choices interact—is increasing, … Continue reading

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BLS Reports Glass Import, Export Prices up for Latest Four-, 12-month Periods

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Import prices for glass and glassware rose 1.4 percent between February 2013 and February 2014, while export prices increased 0.6 percent during that time period, according to the latest release of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Import and … Continue reading

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As Window EPD Nears, LEED and Green Globes Focus More on Products

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Just as work on an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for windows gets set to reach an important milestone and the broader certification landscape continues to evolve, both LEED and the newer Green Globes programs are increasingly reflecting the trend of … Continue reading

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Three Years Later, Area Glass Businesses Continue Rebuilding Efforts in Joplin, Mo.

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Following the 2011 tornado that decimated Joplin, Mo., a remarkable rebuild of the city that continues to take place has resulted in opportunities for local glass businesses that are doing their part in the years-long effort. Greg Dodson, owner and … Continue reading

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Glass Industry Stays on Top of Building Enclosure Commissioning

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Building enclosure commissioning seems to be moving swiftly along the growth curve, suggesting the glass industry should pay attention. According to John Runkle, vice president for building sciences at Architectural Testing Inc., his firm has now commissioned between 60 and … Continue reading

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In Hot Houston Market, Startup Glass Company Eyes Customer Service as Key

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Chris Sezonov was frustrated with the level of customer service in Houston’s wholesale glass market. He turned that frustration into an opportunity. Working on the installation side of the glass business for some seven years gave Sezonov plenty of time … Continue reading

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