Volume 34, Number 2, February 1999


Industry News

Future of Z97.1 in Doubt; 
GICC to Vote on Serving as Secretariat

With the resignation of its chairman, secretary and its secretariat, the future of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z97.1 Safety Glazing Standard is in doubt. The ANSI Z97.1 Standards Committee, which consists of 57 members, had been working for the past four years to review and revise the industry’s safety glazing standard. However, the resignation of the committee chairperson Mario Cellarosi, committee secretary George Graf, and the committee’s secretariat, the Safety Glazing Certification Council (SGCC), has left the committee’s future uncertain. At press time, the Glazing Industry Codes Committee (GICC) was expected to vote on February 16 on whether or not to take over the role as secretariat. Having an organization serve as secretariat is mandatory to the ANSI process and no further work on the standard can proceed without one. ANSI, in turn, has given the committee a deadline of February 28 to come up with a plan for proceeding forward.

"Basically we’re putting everything on hold," said Mark Cody of AFG Industries. "But that shouldn’t slow down the process." According to Cody, since the committee meets only once every six months, the committee will only lose one meeting.

Some in the industry are concerned that if the standard isn’t completed before the approaching five-year deadline, the standard will not be renewed. "The new secretariat can ask for an extension, so the standard shouldn’t die," said Cody. However, if an extension is requested, this wouldn’t be the first time. An extension was requested and granted in 1989 and again in 1994. Cody says he has no doubt that another extension will be granted.

The origins of the current difficulties are spotty at best (see story on page 10). When Graf stepped down, he wrote a letter to ANSI committee members and offered them some words of advice. "For those involved in reconstituting a committee, may I suggest that you consider the current committee is too large," he said. "A quorum could probably never be achieved at a meeting. The representation of the producing segment should be diminished by eliminating those who do not attend meetings."

When asked about Graf’s statement, Cody said, "The more people you get, the harder it is to reach an agreement." However, Cody said the nature of the standard requires that numerous parties be involved. "The standard encompasses glass, plastics, hybrid, etc. You have to have input from all sides."

Cody noted that the ANSI accreditation process differs from many other committees, such as the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) because ANSI has specific guidelines committees must follow. Cody also noted the complexity of the standard. The committee is taking other world standards into consideration, he said.

Cody did note the rumors rampant in the industry related to fighting and discontent within the committee. "That is the perception, but it is not true," said Cody.

SunSource Reports Glass Shop Acquisitions

Harding Glass Inc., a subsidiary of SunSource, has announced further plans for expansion.

Harding Glass acquired the net assets of two retail glass operations, located in Fayetteville, GA, and Hayward, CA, during the fourth quarter of 1998. Annual sales from these acquisitions equal approximately 43.8 million.

The company is also in the process of acquiring retail glass shops in Columbus, OH, and Columbus, GA. Additionally, Harding reported that it intends to acquire all 21 retail glass outlets of Pritchard Glass, Inc. and Premier Glass Services, Inc., covering North and South Carolina and generating about 25 million in sales in 1998.

These expansions are in addition to the 14 retail locations the company added in 1998.According to the company, Harding is currently concentrating acquisition efforts in the Southeast, Ohio, Texas and Western States. The company also plans to expand its Harding Express mobile automotive glass installation service.


Arcadia Sets Up New Facility

Arcadia Architectural Products Inc. of Stamford, CT, opened a new production facility there, where it will manufacture aluminum sliding patio doors and windows. The facility is managed by Tom Mills and Robert Sayour.

Apogee Net Earnings Up in Third Quarter

Apogee Enterprises has reported net earnings of $7.3 million for the third quarter of 1998. The company generated operating income of $13.9 million, compared to 1997’s third quarter loss of $16.6 million. The improvement was due, according to the company, to increases in operating income at Building Products and Services and Auto Glass, which offset lower results at Glass Technologies.

Glass Technologies’ sales decreased 11 percent from the same time last year in the third quarter, while operating income decreased 49 percent compared to the same time last year. The company expected the drop due to the plant expansion currently in progress. The Auto Glass operating income rose 36 percent in the third quarter. Russell Huffer, president and chief executive officer, said the improvement was partly due to a strong effort to increase sales of national insurance accounts. Building Products and Services showed strong improvements with a third quarter operating income of $6.0 million compared to a loss of $27.5 million the previous year. Sales were approximately even with last year at $93.1 million.

The company’s net earnings for the nine-month period ending November 28, 1998 were $20.2 million compared with $6.0 million for the first nine months of fiscal 1998. The operating income was $40.8 million, up from $13.4 million in last year’s nine-month period.

Gordon Brush Manufacturing Co. Hosts Open House

An open house was held by Gordon Brush Manufacturing Co. to celebrate the company’s move to a new 51,000-square-foot facility in Commerce, CA. The open house featured a tour of the facility, an inaugural ceremony, food and entertainment. Vendors, customers and employees with their families and friends were all in attendance, said a company representative. According to president Ken Rakusin, the move signifies the growth the company has attained over the past 47 years.


Dupont Benedictus Awards Accepting Entries

The Dupont Benedictus Awards, recognizing significant uses of laminated glass in outstanding residential and commercial architectural projects, is now accepting entries. The awards are sponsored by DuPont, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), with worldwide support of the Union Internationale des Architectes. Firms or individual architects must submit projects built on or before March 8, 1999 and student entries are due on or before March 19, 1999. The winning entries will be announced at the AIA Convention in Dallas, TX, May 6-9, 1999.

Recipients of the award will receive a glass sculpture created exclusively for the competition by German studio glass artist Hans Godo Frabel. Winning students, their architectural schools and faculty sponsors are awarded cash prizes totaling $15,000 for the school and sponsoring faculty of the winning student projects.


SGCD Recognizes Outstanding Glass Decorators

The Society of Glass and Ceramic Decor-ators (SGCD) honored Discovery Award winners during its annual show and technical seminar in September. The 1998 awards featured 378 entries in 16 design and 15 technical categories.

Winners of the Discovery Award for Excellence in Design include Decoritalia S.P.A. of Italy in the architectural ceramic category for a tile mural decorated by Ceramica Bardelli for architect Piero Fornasetti. Schott Glaswerke of Germany was honored in the glass appliances category for "Fundamentals" Ceran cooktop panel featuring a jeans design. The Janesville Group of Janesville, WI, was honored in the grit-sandblast-etched, limited edition, category for its work on the Elton John Award featuring a three-dimensional laser-etched image suspended above grit-etched verbiage. PPG Industries of Pittsburgh, PA, garnered honors in the auto glass category for the Lincoln Continental rear windshield, featuring SecuriTect LTA lightweight transparent armor bulletproofing. In the architectural ceramic,

production, category, Décor America of Delray Beach, FL, was awarded for its tile mural decorated by Calco Mundo using "open stock pattern" overglaze decals by KDV, a Leipold company.


Thermal-Gard® Wins Flame Award for Door Commercial

Thermal-Gard and its advertising agency, Myer’s and Associates, are recipients of the 1998 Flame Award for the production of a television commercial for its vinyl-clad, steel-entry Defend-Door. The two-minute direct-response commercial, "the Interview," featured Doberman Pinscher dogs, body builders and special effects. The Flame Awards recognize superb artistry in commercials, videos, programs and multi-media projects, and are judged by industry professionals from advertising, broadcast and production throughout the United States.

Pilkington’s Travel Business Subject of Media Coverage

Though not usually known for the size of its business travel volume, Pilkington plc was featured in the October 12, 1998 edition of Business Travel News for just this reason. The report focused on the company’s 1998 restructuring of the entire purchasing side of the business. For the first time ever, the glass manufacturer’s $80 million worldwide travel volume is being considered like any other commodity.

The report featured Pilkington’s new global supply manager for business travel, E.J. Hewitt, who has been working since March to negotiate global deals with vendors, consolidate business into one agency, incorporate video-conferencing into the travel selection process and evaluate automated booking tools.


In the December 1998 issue of USGlass, page 20, the AAMA document Voluntary Specification, Performance Requirements and Test Procedures for High Performance Organic Coatings on Aluminum Extrusion and Panels was misidentified. It is AAMA 2605-98.

Additionally, in the January issue of USGlass, page 22, Dupont’s location was misidentified. Dupont’s headquarters are in Wilmington, DE. We regret the errors.


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