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Swiss Administrative Court: Saint-Gobain Is Not Obligated to Extend Offer to All Shareholders

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The Swiss Federal Administrative Court (FAC) had upheld Swiss specialty chemical company SIKA AG’s opt-out clause, rejecting a complaint filed over the clause by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Trust and Cascade Investment. The court drama began after French … Continue reading

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Breaking News: Deal Between OBE and CRL Closes

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In what is believed to be the largest acquisition deal ever between two U.S. glass/metal industry companies, Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope® (OBE) completed the acquisition of the C.R. Laurence (CRL) Company today. The acquisition became public last week but was awaiting final … Continue reading

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In the Office Sector, Green Building is only a “Big” Business

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When it comes to green building for commercial spaces, large is in charge. Real estate services company CBRE Group recently collaborated with Maastricht University to create the 2015 Green Building Adoption Index, an annual measurement of commercial green building adoption … Continue reading

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Behind the Façade: How a New Building Resource Could Change the Game

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Much of the current building stock will still be around by the middle this century, and those structures will likely represent a much larger percentage of the 2050 stock than that of new buildings going up from now until then. … Continue reading

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Should Your Independent Contractor Instead Be Considered Your Employee?

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The United States Department of Labor wants to clarify something it claims is costing employees certain protections and the government money. The department recently put out an interpretation of sorts to ensure employees of companies don’t get misclassified as independent … Continue reading

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Sellers Should Not Be Responsible for Damages Their Products Caused, Congressman Says

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There’s a renewed legislative push to maintain the innocence of sellers whose products end up being deemed “defective.” The emphasis, instead, should be placed on the manufacturer, according to some members of Congress. The Innocent Sellers Fairness Act (H.R. 1199), … Continue reading

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OBE, CRL Acquisition Comes as a Surprise for Many

Today’s announcement that Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®, a CRH Group company, acquired C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) may have come as a surprise to many in the industry. But according to Lloyd Talbert, president of CRL, it was part of a plan … Continue reading

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Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope® Acquires C.R. Laurence

Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope® (OBE), a CRH Group company, has acquired C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL), a distributor of custom hardware and glazing products to the glass and glazing industry. The purchase was made for a total consideration of $1.3 billion, which … Continue reading

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Hawaii Agency to Address “Glass Rule” Petition for Another Project

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Hawaii’s community development agency has a decision to make next week regarding its “glass rule.” That decision, however, won’t be the end of discussion surrounding the regulation. Highrise projects in the Kakaako district of Honolulu are required to utilize glass … Continue reading

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Contractor Sentenced for False Statements Regarding Injured Worker Incident

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Safety equipment and proper worker protection is crucial among all trades in the construction industry, and another roofing contractor has been made an example of just why that is. Earlier this month, Russellville, Ala.-based steel and roofing contractor Marcus Borden … Continue reading

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