Consolidated Glass Dives into the Laminated Market with New Production Line

Consolidated Glass Corp. has announced its new lamination line is now in operation. The news comes nearly two years after the company first began fabricating laminated glass.

Consolidated’s general manager Brad Bartley says the move provides opportunities to dive into the security, acoustic and decorative glass markets. The company is operating a Glaston ProL lamination line, which Bartley says was selected based on its convection heating system instead of an infrared one.

“For me, just the simplicity was impressive,” he says. “And when investing that much in new technology, you want to know that the supplier is highly experienced in that area.”

Consolidated is currently running one lamination line shift. The addition also meant the company built a 15,000-square-foot facility to accommodate the automated machine. Construction on the new building started July 7, 2022, and the new lamination line with its autoclave began operations in March 2023.

“I don’t have a crystal ball to see where we will eventually end up, but there are so many exciting applications, especially in security glass, acoustic glass and decorative glass,” says Lindsey Merryman, lamination line program manager. “We’re looking forward to exploring the opportunities.”

PGT Rebrands Division to Focus Beyond Hurricane Products

PGT Innovations (PGTI) announced a new branding effort for its PGT Custom Windows and Doors division, a label primarily known for its impact-rated products. The move reflects a commitment by the company to expand its market share and reach.

As the company’s flagship brand, PGT Custom Windows and Doors was given a new logo and tagline, which officials suggest will help “lay the foundation for an expanded position in the marketplace.” With the tagline, “the freedom to live where and how you want,” the brand aims to transition from a focus on hurricane protection and impact resistance to one that’s known for “high-performance glass technology,” including door and window products that key in on energy efficiency, sound reduction and security.

The company’s new brand statement “reflects that PGT products are much more than hurricane protection,” officials said in a press release, adding, “They are everyday necessities in that they provide unmatched advantages to lifestyle experiences, giving customers peace of mind and control to live wherever and however they choose, whether it is a coastal waterfront or urban location.”

As customers have come to expect the same look and feel among hurricane-rated products found in other luxury segments, including large sizes and narrow sightlines, “all of the industry trends that you’re seeing in the non-impact world have really kind of come into the impact world,” says Dean Ruark, PGTI vice president of innovation and design engineering. As a result, the company has focused in recent months on redesigning its hurricane and impact-rated products to have aesthetics closer to non-impact doors and windows.

In January 2023, PGTI partnered with glass manufacturer Corning Inc. to introduce a new glass technology to residential products. The company has since introduced glass for residential windows as little as 0.5 mm thick and 40% to 45% lighter than standard float glass.

“It’s a different glass composition than float glass,” says Ruark—about three times stronger than standard residential glass.

“We continue to see a trend toward modern contemporary architecture and products with minimal sightlines, lots of exposed glass and high-end aluminum finishes,” adds Ruark. “We’ve seen that with Western Windows Systems [a PGTI brand] in the non-impact space, and they really do a nice job capturing that modern contemporary look and feel in highly engineered large sizes. We’ve carried that over into our impact platform.”

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