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Glazing is Bright in the Sunshine State

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To say that the construction industry in Florida took a major hit during the Great Recession would be an understatement. The state, however, has since bounced back in a big way. “The floodgates opened a year or so ago, particularly … Continue reading

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Saint-Gobain, Burkard Family Extend Time Period for Deal

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Saint-Gobain’s agreement with the Burkard family over the sale of Schenker-Winkler Holding (SWH) has been extended until June 30, 2016. The deal would position Saint-Gobain to gain majority voting rights in Swiss specialty chemical company Sika AG without having to … Continue reading

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Judge Approves Joint Discovery Plan for Dlubak Case

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A joint discovery plan and statement of estimated time of trial has been approved for an ongoing case between the plan administrator for Dlubak Corp.’s bankruptcy proceedings and Frank and Ave Maria Dlubak. In February, Lawrence C. Bolla, the plan … Continue reading

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Swiss Takeover Board Upholds Sika’s Opt-Out Clause

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The Swiss Takeover Board has upheld Sika AG’s “opt-out clause,” which allows French conglomerate Saint-Gobain to buy Schenker-Winkler Holding (SWH) and majority voting rights in Sika without having to make an offer for the remaining shares. SWH is owned by … Continue reading

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Fenestration a Key Factor in New Passive Building Standard

The Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) has introduced climate-specific building standards for more than 1,000 more locations in North America, from major metros to rural areas. Passive buildings generally are buildings that are built so air-tight and energy efficient that … Continue reading

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Proposed Bill in Florida Tackles Builder Liability Timeframe

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If defects are found with construction more than seven years from its completion, should a Florida builder still be liable for damages? House Rep. Jay Fant doesn’t think so. The Republican lawmaker from Jacksonville has introduced a bill that reduces builder … Continue reading

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New Certification Program Aims to Put Glazing Community Ahead of Curve

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It’s time for the glazing community to step up its game—or at least prove that its game is already there. That was the general thinking in establishing the new North American Contractor Certification for Architectural Glass and Metal (NACC) program, … Continue reading

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This New Energy-Efficient Window Technology Shows Potential

A company in Eatontown, N.J., is pioneering a dynamic window technology that promises a high level of energy efficiency at a relatively low cost. Elliott Schlam, the principal of New Visual Media Group, says his firm has come up with a … Continue reading

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Study: OSHA Officials’ Estimated Cost of Silica Rule Short by $4.5 Billion a Year

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OSHA was off. Way off. That’s according to a new report by the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC), which found that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) proposed silica standards for U.S. construction industry will cost the industry $5 … Continue reading

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Swiss Court Denies Burkard Family’s Request to Uphold Its Voting Rights in Sika AG

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The Swiss Cantonal Court of Zug has denied Schenker-Winkler Holding’s (SWH) request to uphold the company’s voting rights in Sika AG. SWH is owned by the Burkard family, which controls 16.1 percent of Sika’s capital with 52.4 percent in voting rights. … Continue reading

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