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New Construction Down in June but Up for First Half of Year

New construction starts in June dropped 15 percent from May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $620.2 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. Meanwhile, during the first six months of 2015, total construction starts on an unadjusted basis … Continue reading

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Glass TEXpo™ ’16 Hotel Reservation Block Now Available

As announced last week, the official dates and location for Glass TEXpo™ ’16 have been set. Taking place April 8-9 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, the event will once again host industry suppliers on the … Continue reading

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PPG Foundation Awards Nearly $325,000 through National Merit Scholarship Program

The PPG Industries Foundation announced it is sponsoring nearly $325,000 in undergraduate college scholarships for U.S. students through National Merit Scholarship Corp. in 2015, including 53 new four-year scholarships. “The PPG Industries Foundation has been helping academic dreams come true … Continue reading

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Hurricane Katrina: 10 Years Later

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USGNN.com™ went on location to New Orleans to interview a prominent code expert, who explained what the community and code leaders have learned–and how they have changed–10 years post Katrina. Click HERE to watch the video on Youtube.

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Construction Employment Down for Month, Up for Year

Construction employment declined in 25 states from May to June, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). However, 39 states and the District of Columbia added construction jobs between June 2014 and June 2015. Illinois … Continue reading

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Spandrel Defects the Focus of Construction Lawsuit in Portland

Alleged defects in spandrel glass units on a newly completed mixed-use building in Portland, Ore., have prompted a lawsuit against the project’s contract glazier and glass supplier. Building owner 12W RPO LLC is suing general contractor Hoffman Construction Co., contract … Continue reading

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Guardian Upgrades Coater in UK Facility, adds SunGuard Production

Guardian Industries’ Glass Group has invested more than $3.28 million (3 million EUR) to upgrade the production line at its Goole plant in East Yorkshire, giving the UK-based facility the capability to make all of the “advanced coatings” for its … Continue reading

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PPI: Flat Glass Prices Jump Nearly Three Percent in June

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Flat glass prices spiked 2.8 percent in June, after dipping 1.1 percent in April and leveling out with a 0.1-percent increase in May, according to the latest Producer Price Index Report (PPI) issued by the U.S. Labor Department. The PPI program measures … Continue reading

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Reese Joins Quanex as New Mikron CEO

Houston, Texas-based Quanex Building Products Corp. has brought in F. Timothy Reese as president and CEO of Mikron Industries, Quanex’s vinyl profile business. Reese brings 35 years of extrusion manufacturing experience to this role, including “successful turnaround situations,” a company … Continue reading

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NFRC Fall Meeting Online Registration Open

The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) will hold its fall membership meeting September 21-23 in Minneapolis. Online registration can be accessed here. Early bird registration closes on August 26, and the deadline for registration is Wednesday, September 16. Registration prepayment … Continue reading

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