Crystal Windows Donates Glass Walkway Renovation for Queens Museum Exhibit

Crystal Window & Door Systems donated glass materials and coordinated the renovation of the historic Panorama of the City of New York glass walkway at the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadow Park. The Museum’s glass walkway, renamed “Crystal Walkway,” was officially opened by the institution’s board of trustees and other officials with a ribbon cutting ceremony on February 25, 2020.

The Panorama is an architectural scale model of New York City, originally created for the 1964 World’s Fair. At almost 10,000 square feet, it is the largest architectural scale model in the world and is surrounded by an elevated visitor viewing walkway. Four sections of the perimeter walkway use glass floor panels to permit viewing of the model below. The refurbishment used 248 laminated and tempered glass pieces totaling almost 1,500 square feet, supplied by Tempco Glass Fabrication of Flushing, N.Y., and Cardinal Glass Industries of Jessup, Pa.

Wojan Window & Door Honored at Awards Ceremony

Wojan Window & Door of Charlevoix, Mich., and employee Sandra Zeinog were honored with an Impact Award from the Michigan Works! Association on Wednesday March 4 at a ceremony in the state’s capital of Lansing. The award is a result of the company’s involvement in the Business Resource Network (BRN) established in 2018 by Northwest Michigan Works! with support from the Char-Em United Way.

The BRN helps employers retain employees by giving them access to a success coach who helps them deal with challenges away from work that might be affecting their ability to do their job. Zeinog was individually recognized for having one of the most impactful and inspiring journeys of self-improvement with the help of the BRN and success coach Kate Stolarski, according to the company.

Zeinog shared her story, explaining that with substantial guidance from Stolarski, she overcome homelessness, and resolved legal and economic issues that were barriers to her success.

Franchise Times Names the Glass Guru a 2020 Best Buy

The Glass Guru has been named a best buy in franchising by Franchise Times as part of its annual Zor Awards program, which recognizes brands in ten industry categories. The Glass Guru received the award for the Around the House (home repair) category.

“We are honored to be recognized by Franchise Times as one of the top BestBuys in franchising for 2020. There are incredible opportunities for business people with no trade experience to thrive in the glass industry and we have created an entry point with a proven track record of success. Our model has evolved significantly since we began franchising 13 years ago and our new and seasoned owners alike are getting the best results we’ve ever seen,” says founder/CEO Dan Frey.

SAFTI FIRST Receives GSA Contract

SAFTI FIRST has received a five-year U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Supply Schedule 56 contract covering buildings and building materials. The company will now participate as a supplier in Special Item Numbers 563-16 (i.e, glazing), 563-23 (doors, windows and walls) and 56-500 (order-level materials).

“We were very excited to offer our favorable pricing and terms to the federal government through our new GSA contract,” says William O’Keeffe, president/CEO of SAFTI FIRST and a veteran. “We will aim to provide the newest, technologically advanced and the least expensive products to renovate their facilities or to replace the old and proven dangerous
wired glass in fire-rated doors, windows and any application requiring a safe, code-approved, economical, wireless and tint-free glazing product. Or for new construction projects that require advanced fire resistive glazing systems up to two hours. We look forward to the opportunity to supply our USA-made, advanced fire-rated glass, framing and door systems to the government sector and our wonderful U.S. services with U.S.-made, fire-rated products.”

SAFTI FIRST’s products have been used in several federal projects such as the Orlando VA Medical Center in Orlando, Fla,; James A. Haley VA Primary Hospital Primary Care Annex in Tampa, Fla.; Bachelor Enlisted Quarters at Camp Pendleton in San Diego; United States Federal Courthouse in Austin, Texas; United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.; Library of Congress National A/V Conservation Center in Culpepper, Va.; Center for Disease Control and Prevention Building in Atlanta; and the FDA Building in New York.

“We now have the opportunity to focus on the supply side of the government purchase as we continue to provide our advanced-rated products to the construction side. SAFTI FIRST’s products can be provided to protect against hurricane, blast, ballistic, forced entry and attack … The GSA is leading the charge in energy efficient office buildings and our products can meet any combination of performance glazings required for energy efficiency, thereby improving the building’s overall performance and enhancing occupant comfort,” says O’Keeffe.

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