Volume 34, Number 3, March 1999


USGOpenings NEWS

Absorbents, Desiccants Hits $690 Million

North American consumption of absorbents and desiccants in 1997 totaled more than 835 million pounds and nearly $690 million dollars, according to Kline & Company Inc., a Fairfield, NJ-based business consulting firm. The leading application of these products is in dynamic purification and desiccation, which accounts for 87 percent of volume and 64 percent of value. Dynamic purification and desiccation end uses include water and wastewater, hydrocarbon processing, food and beverage, automotive applications, chemicals and pharmaceuticals and air and industrial gas drying.

The two end-use markets for dynamic separators include hydrocarbon separations and air and industrial gas separations. Molecular sieves account for more than 90 percent of the value of total product consumption in this segment. The leading end markets for molecular sieves include insulating glass, refrigeration, packaging, polyurethane adhesives and coatings and airbrakes.

Milgard Windows Opens New Location

Milgard Windows has opened a sales office in Eagan, MN. The company manufacturers a full line of vinyl, aluminum, fiberglass and WoodClad™ windows and patio doors designed for new construction and remodeling applications.

TRACO Updates TR-9400

Two changes have been made to TRACO’s TR-9400, a heavy commercial double- hung, thermal aluminum, side-load window. An optional bevel sash design is also available which provides an exterior putty glaze appearance. The new design reduces the insulating glass from 1- to 3/4-inch. Also, the window now has an optional sash design that allows venetian blinds to be placed between the two lites of glass

American Architectural Products Corporation Reports Results

American Architectural Products Corporation (AAPC) of Boardman, OH, says it posted sales of $77.4 million for the quarter that ended September 30, 1998. The company says this was a 205-percent increase over the figure that was posted for the corresponding quarter in 1997. More than half of the sales total, $47.5 million, is attributed to net business acquired since the third quarter last year and $4.5 million is attributed to an 18-percent increase in sales operated by AAPC in September 1997.

Packexe Handywrap Redesigned

Packexe Handy-wrap says it has re-designed its handywrap to be an ergo-nomic, cost-effective packaging system. The polyethylene film is now available in rolls of approximately 164-yards by 4-inches. It offers a clean, efficient and cost-effective alternative to adhesive tapes and other materials when wrapping and securing windows, according to the company.

PPG Licenses Five Window Makers

PPG Industries announced the addition of four U.S. and Canadian window manufacturers as licensees of its proprietary technology for producing energy-efficient "warm-edge" insulating glass units. Gilkey Window Co. of Cincinnati, OH; JHS Building Products of Clarksville, TX; Meloche Windows Ltd. of Windsor, Ontario; and MI Home Products of Gratz, PA; Vinyl Window Designs Ltd. Woodbridge, Ontario, have all been licensed by the company. The technology enables residential window manufacturers to produce a high-quality, warm-edge insulating unit at very efficient rates.



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