Happy New Year: A Look Back at the Top Stories of 2015

With 2015 coming to a close this week, USGNN.com™ is again taking a look back at the top headlines of the past year. Listed below are our most-read stories on the web over the past 12 months.

  1. Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope® Acquires C.R. Laurence: This was the glass industry’s biggest story of the year, and possibly the decade. USGNN.com™ broke the news that Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope® had purchased C.R. Laurence for upwards of $1 billion.
  2. New Curtainwall Company Brings Veteran Take on Rejuvenated Market: Four well-known industry members launched a new curtainwall company this year to meet a growing demand, thanks to the continued increase in construction activity throughout the United States.
  3. Quanex Manager Dies From Injuries Sustained During Plant Visit: 2015 was a sad year in many respects, as the industry lost some of its beloved members. Tim Harris of Quanex Building Products tragically died in April during a customer site visit.
  4. OBE, CRL Acquisition Comes as a Surprise for Many: The industry reacted to Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®’s blockbuster acquisition of C.R. Laurence.
  5. Worker Injured in Glass Accident at Facility in Ohio: More than 1,000 pounds of glass at a warehouse in Ohio fell on a worker. Fortunately, the worker fully recovered, but it emphasized s on workplace safety—a recurring theme in 2015.
  6. Contractor Sentenced for False Statements Regarding Injured Worker Incident: Speaking of workplace safety, this story should serve as a warning to all across the construction industry.
  7. One World Trade Center in a Glass of its Own: One World Trade Center received major honors, and has lots of glass to thank for it.
  8. CRL Employees Get Valuable “Thank You” Upon Acquisition: C.R. Laurence’s Donald Friese gave his employees quite the bonus after making the year’s big deal.
  9. Study: OSHA Officials’ Estimated Cost of Silica Rule Short by $4.5 Billion a Year: OSHA wasn’t exactly accurate when estimating the cost of a new silica rule, according to the Construction Industry Safety Coalition.
  10. Trulite Continues to Eye “Further Growth Through Acquisition”: Trulite entered 2015 with lots of momentum thanks to multiple acquisitions in a short period of time.
  11. (Honorable Mention) Former Cardinal Shower Execs Start New Venture in Louisville: A couple more industry veterans decided to take on a new endeavor.

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