CPS Announces Plan to Focus on Sustainable Float Glass Manufacturing

Canadian Premium Sand Inc. (CPS), a supplier of float glass sand, announced a shift in the direction of its business strategy to develop its Wanipigow silica sand deposit into a sustainable float glass manufacturing and coating facility in the Winnipeg, Manitoba, area. This facility would focus on sustainability initiatives such as waste heat recovery and optimizing use of Manitoba’s abundant and inexpensive renewable electricity to set a new standard for low-carbon footprint glass manufacturing, according to the company.

This shift is the result of an internal review of the various applications for the company’s silica sand deposit which identified float glass manufacturing as a high potential application. Float glass manufacturing has shown better overall project economics and market stability compared to Wanipigow proppant production, according to the company. This internal review is supported by an independent business study commissioned by CPS and conducted by an independent international glass markets focused consulting group, GlassGlobal Consulting GmbH.

“Today there is not a single float glass manufacturing facility in Canada,” says Glenn Leroux president and CEO of CPS. “Every pane of glass utilized in this country is imported. Based on the business study and market projections completed by GlassGlobal, current dynamics in North America show a manufacturing supply deficit demonstrating the requirement for up to four additional float glass facilities by 2025 for North America to be self-sufficient. Establishing a float glass facility in Canada using responsibly sourced local raw materials and responsibly produced Canadian energy creates a unique opportunity to provide much needed sustainably manufactured float glass to Canadian, North American and international markets in an environmentally responsible manner.”

Preliminary test work shows that the Wanipigow Lower Black Island Formation (LBI) sand at the test site has potential for use in the manufacture of ultra-clear, energy efficient architectural float glass as well as solar glass for use in solar panels. The testing of a small subset of the company’s silica sand was conducted by an independent ISO/IEC 17025:2018 accredited laboratory specializing in glass and raw materials analysis, the Institut für Glas und Rohstofftechnologie.

Earlier this year, the company engaged a Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) contractor to work on site selection, facility design, site layout and potential capital and operating costs. The company also initiated offtake discussions in concurrence with the FEED study and will add glass industry experts to its management team to develop a business plan for the final investment decision.

Greco Opens New Fabrication Facility in Texas

Greco Aluminum Railings, a manufacturer of architectural railings and metal products for multifamily and commercial structures in the U.S. and Canada, has opened a new architectural railing fabrication facility in Terrell, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. The new 20,000-square-foot plant initially will focus on fabricating railings for U.S. commercial projects. The Terrell facility will coordinate production with the Hudson, Fla., facility, which manufactures both railings and custom architectural metal products for the U.S. market.

“Our new Terrell facility will focus on our commercial railing business and provide a much-needed capacity expansion to help support our growth in the United States,” says Matt Palmer vice president of U.S. operations.

AIG Expands Capabilities in Knoxville

American Insulated Glass LLC (AIG), a glass fabricator and wholesale distributor for commercial and residential markets, has taken its Knoxville, Tenn., fabrication facility through a number of improvements. The upgrades expand the facility’s insulating glass fabrication capabilities and help improve the level of service experienced by customers.

Improvements to the Knoxville facility include a supplementary tempering furnace to increase capacity, as well as a bending machine, butyl extruder and a new 96-inch automated cutting table.

“The additions and improvements made to the Knoxville facility reflect our ongoing commitment to elevate the value we bring to our customers,” says Clint Blair, vice president of AIG. “We are excited to continue growing and expanding into new markets, as well as enhancing our existing facilities as new technology allows to ensure our customers continue to receive the level of service they know to expect from us.”

AIG entered the Knoxville market in 2019 and was one of several expansions over the last three years. The Knoxville facility is also a Tubelite distributor for storefront metal and entrances, and stocks CRL and Portals Hardware for custom shower enclosures. As AIG pursues its expansion into the Eastern Kentucky market, new team members will be added to support continued growth.

Briefly

Glass + Metal Craft, a Michigan-based glass fabricator, has installed DFI’s FuseCube Express, a protective glass coating machine. Moffat Glass, a Colorado-based glass fabricator/installer, also installed a FuseCube Express. … LiteSentry of Northfield, Minn., sold two Osprey 9 systems: Vitrum of Vancouver, B.C., purchased a jumbo Firejet tempering furnace combined with the Osprey 9 Complete Anisotropy and Distortion and Virginia Glass Products of Ridgeway, Va., completed the installation of an Osprey 9 Distortion Inspection System … Mirror Works, based in Ottawa, Canada, has purchased a Mappi Fox 1,500 × 3,000 tempering furnace, and the architectural glass division of Window Creations in Ottoville, Ohio, purchased an ATS Mappi tempering furnace. MM Tempering, based in Georgia, installed a Mappi Fox 1500 x 3200 furnace in January. … Technical Glass and Aluminium Co. purchased a Vitro Jet FS24 printer from Tecglass, making it the only company in the United Arab Emirates able to supply digitally printed glass up to 3,300 x 12,000 mm, according to the company.

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