The 2010s saw the U.S. economy, as well as the glass industry, recover from the Great Recession, ending the decade on a high note. Throughout the past ten years, the glass industry experienced major company changes as well as a shift toward resilient and sustainable building design.

Here are the top stories of the decade* based on page views:

  1. Tecnoglass Gains U.S. Base through Acquisition of Glasswall AssetsThe top three stories of the decade all centered on Tecnoglass Inc. In January 2015, Tecnoglass, headquartered in Barranquilla, Colombia, acquired the assets of Miami-based impact door and window manufacturer Glasswall, including a 160,000 square-foot manufacturing and office facility in Miami, manufacturing and assembly equipment and Miami-Dade Notice of Acceptance (NOA) for products manufactured and sold by Glasswall. An article from September 2015 about Tecnoglass commencing soft coat production was the number two story of the decade, while an article from July 2014 about Tecnoglass acquiring the assets of RC Aluminum Industries Inc. came in at number three.
  2. Glass Can Withstand 200 mph Winds, But What About Flying Debris? – Another topic USGNN™ readers focused on in the 2010s was disaster resilience. This article, written in November 2013 during the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, which left thousands dead in the Philippines, focused on the ability of glass to withstand strong storms.
  3. BREAKING: PPG Sells Assets of Flat Glass Business to Vitro for $750 MillionPPG’s sale of its flat glass business assets to Mexican-based manufacturer Vitro was a major news story for the glass industry. The story broke in July 2016 and was followed with several updates, including a transition of leadership at the beginning of this year.
  4. One World Trade Center in a Glass of its Own – New York City’s One World Trade Center is one of the tallest buildings in the world. And, at least according to one organization that knows a thing or two about tall buildings, it’s one of the best. This article from July 2015 looks at why the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat named One World Trade Center one of its four 2015 Best Tall Building winners.
  5. Lawsuit Raises Questions About Windows Melting Vinyl Siding – A lawsuit in Oregon over melted vinyl siding revisited the question of what role, if any, windows might play in the melting of vinyl siding. This article, published in November 2016, gives an overview of the lawsuit involving Michael Harney of Beaverton, Ore., who sued Associated Materials of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, the makers of Alside siding, for not honoring its warranty after Harney said a house he sold in October 2015 had melted siding.

*Editor’s note: The Google analytics data available goes back to January 2013, so the top stories exclude any prior to that time.