MiTek Realigns Benson and Two Other Structural Framing Brands

MiTek Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway company based in Chesterfield, Mo., announced the realignment of three brands, including Benson, that provide structural framing solutions to the building industry.

Benson Curtain Wall and Benson Glass, a global design, prefabrication and installation custom solution for glass and curtainwalls, is among the structural framing building solutions brands. The other two being realigned are SidePlate and Ultra-Span.

“Integrating these three former standalone operations into a unified MiTek portfolio of solutions is part of what has been a multi-year journey for us, following a period of acquisitions beginning in 2008,” says Mark Thom, chairman and CEO of MiTek. “We’re excited to further simplify our branding to MiTek, while maximizing how these solutions add value to our customers’ business and the way we help them use off-site means to build better. Our vision and complete focus are to better leverage all our technology and capabilities as MiTek, to further help our partners transform global communities. The need has never been greater for speed and efficiency from design to completion to help meet the rapidly growing demand for smarter, more affordable, and more sustainable homes and buildings. We continue to reshape MiTek to unlock that power.”

Lance Howard, president of Commercial Building Solutions, adds, “Bringing these structural framing solutions together more fully under the MiTek name will give our customers expanded access to new services and software solutions, and further innovations in off-site building that will transform the way the industry designs, makes and builds. This is a natural next step that will further harmonize our team and solutions within MiTek’s broader technology solutions. In the end, this should help us even
better serve as an ally for our partners.”

AGMT Returns to In-Person Testing

After a year of remote examinations and waiting to complete physical testing, the Architectural Glass and Metal Technician (AGMT) Certification Program is once again conducting both exams in person. The group held its first physical-based certification exam since the pandemic in Cleveland in April. Since then, there have been two additional exams held in Buffalo and Cortland, NY.

“There is a great demand at the moment for the physical-based exam,” says Ben Beeler of the AGMT Program. “This is because of the large backlog of candidates who have already passed the written exam and now have to pass the physical exam to become certified. In addition, there are even more written tests scheduled throughout the balance of the year.”

According to the organization, a written test session requires less space and time than a physical test session and can accommodate a greater number of candidates. “This factor is fueling the demand for more physical test dates. To meet this demand, we already have test dates scheduled through December, are adding more each week, and are beginning to schedule them into next year,” says Beeler.

AGMT is a personnel certification program that includes an independent, third-party assessment of a glazier’s knowledge, skills and abilities. The ANSI-accredited program began in February 2019.

Complaint Filed by Former JEB Employees is Amended

A complaint in the class action suit filed by two former J.E. Berkowitz (JEB) employees has been amended to add SSI Consolidated Holdings, which includes two CGH glazing companies. Consolidated Glass Holdings (CGH) and Czech Asset Management (CAM), parent companies for Predricktown, N.J.-based JEB, are also listed as defendants.

The former employees claim the companies violated the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) and the New Jersey Millville Dallas Airmotive Plant Job Loss Notification Act (New Jersey WARN Act).

The newly-revised complaint states that at the time CGH purchased JEB, CGH owned and operated CCBP Columbia, Solar Seal, Dlubak Specialty Glass and Global Security Glazing. The subsidiaries of CGH advanced two core business operations of the company. Those businesses were identified as the Architectural Glass Division and the Security Glazing Division.

Former JEB employees Glen Wojnar and Barry Blumenfeld are listed as the plaintiffs in the suit individually and on behalf of their full-time coworkers at the Pedricktown, N.J., facility, where employment was suspended and then terminated due to the facility closing. The complaint estimates the number of employees affected is estimated to be more
than 100 individuals, which notes that plaintiffs suffered a loss of employment without notice, violating both WARN acts.

JPI Glass Rebrands as 8G Solutions

JPI Glass, a glazing contractor in Kansas City, Mo., has changed its name to 8G Solutions. The change is a result of a rebranding effort designed to mirror the growth and transformation of the company. “During its history, JPI Glass was focused on the industry of commercial glazing. Now, 8G is poised to follow its eight-point company vision to grow past the scope of being a commercial glazier in the Midwest, but instead a national contender that uses lean methodology to perfect commercial glazing solutions for our clients,” says CEO Chuck Mowrey. “This shift made it necessary to rebrand and refocus under a unifying name that represents growth, speed, excellence and vision.”

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