Despite Weather, Construction Industry Making Best of Start to 2014

Construction economists don’t always see eye-to-eye, and that’s okay, according to Bernard Markstein, chief economist for Reed Construction Data. "We seem to agree on most things, but not everything …we're economists. That's what we do,” he says. But during a recent economic forecast, there was at least one thing on which Markstein and several others agreed: the weather. “In spite of the weather, we’ve had pretty healthy numbers in the first quarter,” says Kermit Baker, chief economist for ... [Full Story]

Industry, Unions Grapple with OSHA Silica Rulemaking

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 is straightforward, and the issue is simple in the minds of proponents of the OSHA initiative. The rule governing exposure to silica and the PEL have not been updated for more than 40 years. Proponents of ... [Full Story]

Exhibitors Report Positive Feedback on China Glass 2014

Glass industry companies from around the world have been in China this week, taking part in the 25th China Glass Expo. The event, which concludes April 17, is taking place at the ShanghaiNewInternationalExpoCenter. Exhibitors have been showcasing their latest glass fabricating equipment and machinery, tools, supplies, components and more. Mark Imbrock, vice president of Toledo, Ohio-based Electronic Design to Market, traveled to China Glass, taking part as an exhibitor. He told USGNN™/USGlass magazine that attendance appears ... [Full Story]

Glass Shop Manager Reflects on Boston Bombing: Past and Present

Hub Glass general manager Randy Ibbitson and his crew, based in Somerville, Mass., were among the first workers allowed on the site of the Boston Marathon bombing in its immediate aftermath. They were tasked with swiftly boarding up a nearby building that endured major glass damage from one of the blasts on that tragic April day a year ago and replaced the near-20 litesof glass three weeks later. On the heels of the awful event and ... [Full Story]

Why Western Window Systems is No Longer Making its Own IG

It’s a question many window companies struggle with: make or buy your insulating glass? There are pros and cons associated with each technique. Western Window Systems, based in Phoenix, announced last week that it will no longer be manufacturing insulating glass, a business in which the company has been involved since it started in 1959. The process will now come courtesy of partner (and down-the-street neighbor) All Weather Tempering. Western Window says the new partnership will ... [Full Story]

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