Consolidated Glass Corp. to Construct New Lammy Line in New Castle, Pa.

Consolidated Glass Corp. (CGC) in New Castle, Pa., is constructing a new glass lamination line, with operations planned to start in early 2023. A new 15,000-squarefoot building will house the line.

According to Shane Merryman, CGC president and CEO, the new line will allow CGC to expand its product offerings and enter new markets. These include bullet-resistant glass, government defense, glass handrails, office partitions and decorative glass applications.

“Seeing this vision become a reality is a dream come true,” Merryman says. “This exciting addition to our operation will allow us to begin servicing new markets while propelling Consolidated Glass Corp. forward into the next phase of our long-term growth plan.”

Merryman says the new facility will create five to 10 jobs and increase speed-to-market and quality control. The facility ties into the company’s three-year plan of 50% growth; its five-year plan is to double its size with an additional 20 jobs created.

According to Merryman, the new line was a solid strategic investment to provide full service to existing and new customers.

“Past experiences have brought us to the conclusion that this market would strongly benefit from a laminated glass provider who prioritizes quality and lead times,” Merryman said.

Petersen Opens New Facility in Washington State

Petersen Aluminum Corp. (PAC) will open a new 57,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Bonney Lake, Wash., a Seattle suburb. The new site should be fully operational in early 2023.

“Petersen’s expansion into the Northwest U.S. and Western Canada follows the success of our PAC-CLAD facility that opened in Phoenix in 2018, which has served the Northwest region and created a foundation of business from architects, specifiers and installing contractors,” says Mike Weis, vice president, sales and marketing for Petersen.

Weis says the expansion will help lower freight charges compared to shipping from the Phoenix facility, which was previously the nearest to the Northwest.

IGT Glass Hardware Expands into Central Florida

IGT Glass Hardware opened a new location in Orlando, Fla., earlier this year. IGT co-founder Gustavo Henao says the new site will help it better serve customers from a strategic place in Florida. The company has three locations throughout the state: Miami, West Palm Beach and Orlando.

“We opened our Orlando location in January 2022 to accelerate the order fulfillment for the current orders, and of course, to serve more customers by being located in a very strategic location,” says Henao. “Our idea is to continue getting closer to glaziers by offering great quality products that they can rely on, but most importantly, that customer experience that identifies IGT Glass Hardware,” says Henao.

The new location provides various glass hardware products, including frameless shower doors, railings, commercial entrances and glazing tools.

In addition to the new location, South Florida SunSentinel named IGT one of its 2022 Top Workplaces. The company was honored along with 77 other small companies throughout Florida. The award is based on an anonymous employee survey that measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution and connection.

Biesse Group Expands with New Headquarters in Brazil

Biesse Group is opening a new headquarters in Curitiba, in the state of Paranà. The company has already served the area with glass and stone processing equipment and is now entering the woodworking sector.

The new Curitiba site will have a more than 1,300 square meters showroom, where customers can watch live machinery demonstrations. Customers also will have access to a team of experts to support them in their decisions.

Briefly

Giroux Glass is now an authorized dealer of DefenseLite® and BulletShield in California, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico.

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