Volume 35, Number 8, August 2000


Glastar Hosts Art Glass Competition 2000

wpe37.jpg (10715 bytes)“Blue” by Eric R. Schwab was the winner for March.

Are you one of those individuals with a creative streak? When you’re not working, do you like to let your imagination run wild, coloring, shaping and creating original glass art? Then you may want to try your hand in Art Glass Competition 2000, sponsored by the Glastar Corporation of Chatsworth, Calif.

“Glass is such a beautiful medium and our products have always made it easy for non-professionals to create beautiful works of art with professional results,” said Dianne Howard, Glastar president. “This competition is a way to encourage hobbyists to have fun and receive some recognition too.”

Entry categories are: three-dimensional, such as lamps and sculptures; panels, such as windows and suncatchers; mosaic, such as stepping stones or tabletops; and sandblasted/beveled pieces.

The grand prize winner will receive $1,000, Glastar’s All-Star™ grinder and an etched art glass award. The first place winner will receive $300 and the second place winner will receive a $100 Glastar coupon. In addition, a winner chosen each month will receive a $25 Glastar coupon.

The contest is open to all non-professional artisans and runs until December 31, 2000. For more contest information visit the Glastar website at www.glastar.com.


Ferro to Buy Solutia’s Polymer Modifiers Business

Approximately 200 Solutia employees will become employees of Cleveland’s Ferro Corp. as the company has agreed to purchase Solutia’s polymer modifiers business and related manufacturing facility. No price for the transaction has been announced.

“As we reviewed our strategic growth planning, we concluded this business could be a better fit with another company’s portfolio,” said John Hunter, Solutia’s CEO.

Under the definitive agreement, Ferro would acquire the Santicizer brand of plasticizers, the Delaware River plant in Bridgeport, N.J., and plants in the United Kingdom and Belgium. Under a long-term agreement, each plant would operate under its primary owner.


CMI Acquires Thompson Door

CMI Architectural Products Inc. of Minneapolis has announced the acquisition of Thompson Door Company of Mishawaka, Ind. In addition to Thompson’s line of flush doors, CMI will begin manufacturing its line of aluminum stile and rail glazed entrances at the Mishawaka facility. CMI president Roger Monson says the company’s current product line and the centralized Indiana location will offer better distribution for customers.


Solar Seal Rings in its
Silver Anniversary

Solar Seal of South Easton, Mass., recently celebrated its 50th year in the glass business, April 28. The family-run business was started by Frederick P. Shaw Sr. (Fred), which he has passed on to his son Frederick P. Shaw Jr. (Rick). Rick’s wife, Cathy, and their two sons, are also involved with the business.

More than 300 guests and customers took part in the festivities, including refreshments, employee recognition, plant tours and entertaining chamber music.

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