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NSG Group Announces Location of New U.S. Manufacturing Plant

NSG Group has selected a location for its new glass production facility in the United States. The 500,000-square-foot facility will be located in Troy Township, Ohio.

The new plant will support the company’s plan to expand production capacity of online transparent conductive oxide (TCO) coated glass for the growing solar market, as announced in May 2018. The area is commonly known as the Eastwood Commerce Center South. Construction will begin in the spring of 2019 and the plant is expected to be operational in the second half of 2020. The new float glass line is the first in the U.S. for the NSG Group since 1980 and is expected to create 125 to 150 new jobs.

“Our company has a rich tradition in the glass industry and strong roots in Ohio and we are pleased to expand our U.S. glass manufacturing here,” says Richard Altman, regional director for NSG Architectural Glass North America.

“NSG Group is one of the world’s most respected float glass manufacturers and has a long history of success in Ohio,” adds Glenn Richardson, Ohio managing director for advanced manufacturing. “Along with the Regional Growth Partnership, we look forward to working with NSG as they build a new advanced production facility and bring new jobs to Wood County to sup-port the growing solar energy market.”

Gateway Extrusions Marks Expansion and 15th Year

Aluminum fabrication firm Gateway Extrusions of Union, Mo., hosted an open house in September 2018 to mark its recent $15 million expansion and its 15th year since opening in 2003. Customers, vendors, members of the local business community and government officials joined Gateway’s management team for tours of the facility, demonstrations of its new equipment and a networking luncheon.

Tom Ziegler, president of operations, gave a presentation on the history of Gateway’s growth, its sizable investments in property and equipment in Union, and the company’s plans and opportunities for further growth.

“The aluminum extrusion manufacturing industry is growing in Union,” said Ziegler. “…Our customers and employees can look forward to further improvements to our facility, such as a new administrative office addition, enhancements to the exterior parking and landscaped areas, and renovations to the adjacent 200,000-square-foot buildings Gateway purchased.”

Softsolution to Open U.S. Office

Austria-based Softsolution plans to open its first office in North America on January 1, 2019, in Illinois.

The company has worked with FeneTech for the last ten years to establish and service their customer base in North America, and now plans to provide local support to customers by creating a facility that will house a showroom, testing center and inventory warehouse.

“I personally want to thank FeneTech for its extraordinary support. This has resulted in the combined success of both companies, and I’m happy that we will continue to work together,” says Softsolution CEO Thomas Schuller.

Nate Huffman, who currently serves as FeneTech’s business development liaison with Softsolution, will serve as Soft-solution North America president with support from Softsolution international sales director Peter Pfannenstill.

Vitrum Glass Group Announces New Alberta Facility

On October 2, 2018, Vitrum Glass Group celebrated the grand opening of its new Calgary manufacturing facility in Rocky View County, Alberta, located ten minutes north of Calgary’s international airport. The new 65,000-square-foot facility currently has 35 employees who manage and fabricate local orders for shower doors, railings, monolithic glass products and tempered glass.

This highly automated facility houses a new tempering furnace with a capacity of 10,000 square feet per shift. The seaming equipment, CNC cutting and edge polishing stations are automated, allowing Vitrum Glass Group to fabricate and finish a shower door in under five minutes, according to the company. A laminating line will be installed soon, with plans to have the facility producing laminated products in the spring of 2019.

Brad Iverson, Vitrum Glass Group branch manager, led tours for clients and other industry professionals in the fully operating plant throughout the day. Other activities inclued an official ribbon cutting by president Thomas Martini and CEO Gemma Martini.

“This facility is a testament to our continued desire to service our clients in the most optimal manner. The Alberta and Prairie market is an important one,” says Martini. “Over time, our Alberta clients have continually supported us and we now look forward to contributing directly to the local market with enhanced services, even shorter lead times, and industry leading quality.”

New Showroom Boosts Sales for Innovative Glass Corp.

Dynamic Glass provides comfort for building occupants, which is difficult to communicate online through images or videos. That’s why Innovative Glass Corp. has built a new showroom at its headquarters in Plainview, N.Y., giving visitors the opportunity to experience its eGlass in a simulation of a real-world setting. CEO Steve Abadi says the 3,000-square-foot showroom is comprehensive and displays every type of smart glass available in full size and scale.

Abadi has dreamed of this upgrade for the past ten years and was finally able to open the showroom last year. He says the $125,000 investment has paid off, doubling the company’s sales in the past year.

“It was difficult to explain to people and show them pictures and videos of our different installations opposed to touching and feeling the glass,” he says. “It’s a different experience being in a room and seeing the products. It’s difficult to imagine the effects when not actually using them.”

The company features its history, photos of installations and press coverage on the showroom walls.

“It lets the customer know that we have the experience to come up with a solution for them,” says Abadi.

One of the showroom’s major features is a configuration wall, which allows the company to mix and match the different technologies.

“If a group of architects wants to see glass with low iron, tint or low iron and low haze we have the ability to demonstrate what that would look like without any surprises,” says Abadi.

He says that because the dynamic glass is not 100-percent clear, it’s important to allow architects and specifiers to see any potential haze so they can manage it in the process. A variety of lighting configurations are also available to show the effects on the glass.

The company has the Amazon Echo set up in the showroom to allow architects to test out voice controls with Alexa. It has also set up smart phone and tablet apps to control the glass.

The company has a sliding break-away door set up so that healthcare and facility designers can test it out without having to go to a hospital’s ICU. According to Abadi, glass provides a more antibacterial environment compared to curtains that need to be cleaned. The switchable glass can also be turned to a privacy setting using Alexa.

Throughout the showroom wire systems are concealed for aesthetics and safety, showing how the systems would appear in a real-life set up.

Briefly

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