Before we leave 2018 behind and welcome the New Year, let’s take a look back at USGNN™’s most heavily trafficked stories of the year.

  1. Arconic Initiates Sale Process of BCS Unit, Includes Kawneer

The biggest news story of 2018 was Arconic’s announcement in July that it is seeking a new owner for its Building and Construction Systems (BCS) business, which includes Kawneer Co. Inc.

  1. Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope® Acquires SIGCO LLC

Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®, part of CRH’s Americas Products Division, acquired privately-held SIGCO LLC on July 6, 2018. SIGCO is an architectural glass and metal fabricator based in Westbrook, Maine. SIGCO continued operating as SIGCO, a CRH Company, led by Dave McElhinny and the rest of the existing management team.

  1. NYC Workers Injured in Crane Accident During Curtainwall Installation

During the installation of a curtainwall panel at 149 East 125th Street in New York on June 25, 2018, a Jekko mini crane rolled over and fell off the fourth floor of the East Harlem building onto the street below. Two workers were injured in the incident.

  1. ‘Super Windows’ Could Save Billions in Energy Costs

The Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is working with manufacturers to bring a “super window” to market that is at least twice as insulating as 99 percent of the windows for sale today, potentially saving billions in wasted energy.

  1. Court Orders EPA to Revise Lead-Paint Rules

At the end of 2017, a federal appeals court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to revise its lead-paint standards within 90 days and write new rules within a year. The 2-1 decision by the San Francisco-based Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit came in response to environmental groups demanding that the EPA act upon a rulemaking petition it granted several years ago.

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