Cristacurva Sells Houston Plant Assets to Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®

Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope® (OBE), a CRH Company, has acquired the assets of Glass Wholesalers Inc. doing business as Cristacurva. Glass Wholesalers, based in Houston, provides a full range of architectural glass and related products in the southwest market.

With this strategic decision, Cristacurva will concentrate all efforts and focus toward its core business, the fabrication of specialty glass products with stringent quality requirements, according to the company.

“This is one of the best plants in the U.S., and as a leader in the building products sector, OBE is the right successor to continue Glass Wholesalers’ legacy and tradition of providing best-in-class products and services throughout Houston and the broader Texas market. Cristacurva will continue to offer customers throughout North America quality and complex value-added glass products,” says Francisco Sanchez-Gil, Cristacurva’s CEO.

“Glass Wholesalers has a great reputation for delivering high-quality glass products in Texas and Louisiana. Through this acquisition, we will strengthen our product portfolio and geographic footprint in the region, further allowing us to provide industry-leading glazing solutions to our customers,” says Nathan Creech, president of Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®.

Hegla and Bystronic Glass End Partnership

Hegla and Glaston Corp. have decided to end their cooperation agreement due to changes in the companies’ competitive positions. Hegla recently purchased 51% of the stock of Taifin Glass Machinery Oy, a manufacturer of bending and tempering equipment. Glaston acquired Bystronic at the beginning of 2019.

The purpose of the cooperation agreement, formed in 2012 by Bystronic Lenhardt GmbH, Conzzeta AG, Hegla GmbH & Co. KG and LEWAG Holding AG, was to operate as preferred partners, meaning the companies cooperated in cross-selling products for the architectural market and made use of each other’s sales and service networks. The cooperation has had limited commercial value, according to the companies, which decided mutually to end the partnership at the end of 2019.

Enclos Relocates Two of its Offices

Enclos announced two recent office relocations—both on Broadway. The New York office at 111 Broadway, Suite 1805 houses members of the company’s operations, project controls, and advanced technology studio teams. The Los Angeles office at 304 S Broadway, Suite 520—in the historic Bradbury Building—houses members of the advanced technology studio and operations teams.

Crystal Celebrates 30 Years in Business

Crystal Window and Door Systems will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2020 with events and other marketing promotions.

“We owe our success to our loyal trade customers who partner with us to bring quality fenestration to the built environment, and to our dedicatied employees who find the best fenestration solutions for our customer projects and provide examplary service,” says president Steve Chen.

The Chen family migrated from Taiwan to America almost 40 years ago, starting Crystal in a small commercial garage space in New York. The company now has almost one million square feet of manufacturing space, more than 750 employees nationwide, and its products are distributed in over 40 states.

To celebrate the anniversary, Crystal has planned events with its employees, customers and business affiliates.

Guardian Industries Announces Research Partnership

The University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and Guardian Industries are collaborating on a research partnership in advanced glass materials. An award from Guardian will result in two architectural research studies as a part of the new Guardian–Taubman Research Alliance. The projects will draw on Taubman College’s design and fabrication expertise, enhanced by an interdisciplinary team of researchers from engineering, robotics and sustainability science, as well as experts in the construction, real estate and building industries, according to the announcement.

“To move from our fabrication lab out into the bigger world, however, where it can yield tangible change for people beyond our campus, architectural innovation needs pathways to deployment and partners from other fields,” says Jonathan Massey, dean of Taubman College.

The first study is a collaboration between Taubman College and U-M’s School of Information. “Biometric, Communicative and Environmental Interfaces: Expanding the Functional Integration of Glass in Promoting Health and Wellness in the Workplace” is led by Robert Adams, associate professor of architecture and director of Taubman College’s M.S. in Design and Health program.

The second, “Design Ecologies of Glass,” is a collaboration between Taubman College and U-M’s College of Engineering. Led by Kathy Velikov and Matias del Campo, both associate professors of architecture, the project will explore how changes in thermal resistance for glazing can be applied to new building envelope systems made of glass and new glass-skinned building materials.

FeneTech and Siemens Collaborate for Automated, Digitalized Processing

Siemens Vertical Glass and FeneTech have announced a partnership to advance both companies’ performance in the glass processing industry. Initial pilot applications of the FeneVision ERP system to Siemens’ automation and digitalization portfolio for the glass processing industry are already in the planning stages.

“At the heart of digital solutions from Siemens is the digital twin, a virtual image of plants based on an end-to-end data model. The consistent use of these solutions along the entire value chain in glass manufacturing and processing and throughout the entire life cycle pays off. In glass processing, which tends to be performed by medium-sized businesses, we still require an integrated and customized ERP solution,” says Heinz-Josef Lennartz from Siemens in Germany. “In numerous discussions with customers, both we and FeneTech, independent of one another, keep hearing that there is a demand for completely integrated solutions in glass processing.”

“Through the planned collaboration with Siemens, we would be able to bring fully networked and integrated solutions to market faster,” adds FeneTech president Ron Crowl.

BRIEFLY

Bonnell Aluminum, a subsidiary of Tredegar Corp., has undertaken a company rebranding. Bonnell and its subsidiaries, AACOA and Futura, will all fall under the Bonnell Aluminum banner. In addition to unveiling a new logo for Bonnell Aluminum, the company has refreshed the branding for its TSLOTS product line and created a new name and logo for its flooring trim line, now known as Futura Transitions … Benford Capital Partners, a private equity firm, has purchased LiteSentry, making the glass inspection technology company Benford’s latest portfolio company, to support its long-term growth and success. The investment will support incremental growth, new hires and new business development efforts, the company says … Kensington Glass Arts Inc. was named the Subcontractor of the Year in the Aluminum, Glass & Glazing category at the Metropolitan Washington Excellence in Construction awards. This is the third consecutive year the company has received this honor.

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