NSG Group Invests in Float Glass Plant in Laurinburg, North Carolina

N SG Group is rebuilding one of its furnaces at its float glass plant in Laurinburg, N.C. The project began March 10 and completion is expected in late June, 2021.

“The investment is part of our ongoing commitment to our customers and the Laurinburg community,” says Chris Miller, manufacturing operations director.

The Laurinburg plant manufactures float glass for the commercial architectural and export markets. It is located approximately 100 miles southwest of Raleigh and currently employs around 400 people.

LiteSentry Announces New Equipment Installations

Located in Northfield, Minn., LiteSentry announced that both Trulite and Tristar have installed its Osprey 9 anisotropy and distortion measurement equipment.

Trulite’s facility in New Berlin, Wis., recently commissioned the company’s Osprey 9 Complete anisotropy and distortion inspection technology for their new 112-inch furnace.

“LiteSentry is delighted to continue our 14-year partnership with Trulite in providing our market-leading technology for anisotropy and distortion inspection,” says LiteSentry president Gary DiDio. “Trulite has recently purchased four additional Osprey systems, demonstrating their commitment to quality production. Their teams are knowledgeable with LiteSentry systems over several years, and I’m confident they know how to use the Osprey real-time measurements to control the quality of their tempering products.”

In addition, Tristar now has LiteSentry inspection systems on all seven of its furnaces including, two Osprey 9 Complete anisotropy and distortion inspection systems.

According to LiteSentry, since anisotropy measurement has no correlation with distortion measurement, both should be measured to produce the highest quality tempered glass. Tristar is an early adopter of both measurements, investing in two new Osprey 9 Complete inspection systems since 2018, according to the announcement.

Proteus Brings its Rainscreen Claddings to the U.S. Market

Proteus Facades, a U.K. supplier of rainscreen cladding systems, announced it is now serving the U.S. According to the company, over the last 12 months, it has seen demand grow in the U.S., as architects look for innovative, rainscreen cladding solutions.

“We are thrilled to be expanding into the U.S. market with our rainscreen cladding systems,” says Lee Caffrey, managing director at Proteus Facades. “A growing number of architectural practices now have an international presence, so it was a natural progression to respond to this. It means, whether they are based in Europe or the USA, architects have the ability to specify a Proteus Façade system for projects in either country.”

Eastman to Upgrade, Expand Extrusion Capabilities

Eastman Chemical Co. has announced an investment to upgrade and expand the extrusion capabilities at its Springfield, Mass., facility for the production of interlayer product lines. The company says the investment will strengthen its supply capability for Saflex polyvinyl butyral (PVB) products in the automotive and architectural markets, and enhance facility capabilities to allow production of specialty architecture and automotive PVB products.

“We are committed to supporting the growing global demand for specialty interlayers products, strengthening our regional service capabilities, and investing in asset capabilities to serve glass laminators’ needs for high-performing, high-quality products,” said Travis Smith, vice president and general manager of Eastman’s Films business. “The trends in both automotive and architectural end-use markets are driving increasing needs for high-performance interlayer products, and we are excited about the opportunities this investment creates to further enable our innovation-driven growth strategy.”

Now Representing

Vetrotech Saint-Gobain North America has selected Glass Fabricators Inc. in Grimes, Iowa, as a distributor for its Keralite Select products. In addition, ASC Inc., located in Englewood, Colo., will be its representative in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona … MaVetro is now the agent in Portugal for Mappi International’s tempering furnaces … Glass 3 Enterprises has named Mays-Maune-McWard Inc. its Midwest manufacturer representative, Sustainable Construction Systems as its manufacturer representative for the Southeast U.S., and Graham Architectural Sales as its manufacturer representative for New England, including Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Vermont. … Folienwerk Wolfen GmbH has entered into strategic partnerships with Glass Lamination of America (GLamofA) and MM4GLASS. GLamofA is Folienwerk Wolfen’s authorized distributor for the U.S. and Mexico while MM4GLASS is the company’s authorized distributor for the territories of Central America (except Mexico), South America and Caribbean Islands.

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