Xinyi Canada Glass Suspends Plans for Proposed Float Facility in Ontario, Canada

Less than four months ago Xinyi Canada Glass began discussions with officials in Stratford, Ontario, about building its first Canadian glass manufacturing facility in the town. Now, the company has suspended the project indefinitely.

“Xinyi Canada is greatly disappointed that as of February 15, 2021, Stratford City Council remained unable to provide approval of the Cost Sharing Agreement between the City of Stratford and Xinyi Canada, which is critical for the timely development of the proposed float glass facility,” reads the company’s most recent statement.

“Currently, Canada is entirely reliant on importation of all float glass products and energy-saving glass products. Most of these products are imported from the U.S. Xinyi Canada’s proposed facility in Stratford would have established a secure Canadian supply of essential float glass products capable of meeting the demands of the Canadian market and eliminating dependence on imports.

With a capital investment of $400 million, the project would have … created 380 permanent, high-skilled and well-paid jobs over five years, as well as over 1,000 indirect jobs in construction and related supporting businesses.

The project had been progressing well leading up to November 2020, pending final approval of the Cost Sharing Agreement by the Stratford City Council. Unfortunately, misinformation and falsehoods spread by small opposition groups have negatively impacted public perception of the project.”

Several Glass and Glazing Companies Expand, Open New U.S. Facilities

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has not deterred some companies from growing. Several manufacturers, fabricators and glazing contractors have recently expanded their capabilities or opened new facilities in the U.S.

Vetrotech Saint-Gobain has consolidated production of its fire-rated glazing and framing systems into one building, doubling the production footprint of its North American headquarters in Auburn, Wash.

By increasing the facility footprint and consolidating production facilities, the company will be more responsive to customers with shorter lead times and increased production capacity, according to the announcement.

American Insulated Glass (AIG), a glass fabricator and wholesale distributor in the Southeast, is finalizing the rebranding of A.L. Smith Glass in Ijamsville, Md., which is located just west of Baltimore. The rebranding effort, which began last year following the acquisition, includes new signage, a new website, expansions and improvements to the existing fabrication facility, and the installation of a new 96-inch by 156-inch full convection tempering furnace. This will be the facility’s second furnace, complementing
the existing 60-inch tempering furnace.

Along with these improvements, the Baltimore facility is also undergoing a building expansion, adding 11,500 square feet to the existing 30,500-square-foot structure.

Kensington Glass Arts (KGA), a Mid-Atlantic commercial glazier, architectural glass fabricator and distributor, opened an additional glass fabrication facility in Sterling, Va., in January 2021. The company expects this 20,000-square-foot facility, added to its previous 30,000 square feet, will help expand its tempered, laminated and tempered laminated glass fabrication capabilities.

In addition, KGA is expanding its headquarters in Ijamsville, Md. This expansion is expected to be complete in early 2022, and will triple the fabrication capacity.

Q-railing is expanding its operations with a new location in Orlando, Fla., which will serve as a distribution hub for product shipments within the Southeast region and as a showroom for local design professionals. Q-railing will now have three U.S. offices.

Consolidated Glass Holdings announced the closing of subsidiary J.E. Berkowitz in Pedricktown, N.J., in early February. To learn more about the situation, read the full article on page 16.

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