Volume 35, Number 8, August 2000



PPG Fires Up New Furnace at Fresno Plant

PPG recently dedicated a $40 million project, completed earlier this year, to install a 100 percent oxygen-fuel glass melting furnace, at its Fresno, Calif., plant.

“Our initial sense of the NOx (nitrogen oxides) emission levels we are achieving is that we will operate well within the new lower limits set by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District rules,” said Dennis diDonato, director of PPG’s flat glass production. “I believe this facility is the most environmentally-friendly flat glass manufacturing plant in California by a significant margin.”

According to the company, the PPG facility is the first flat glass manufacturing plant on the West Coast to have the energy-efficient oxy-fuel system. The technology involves using oxygen for air in the combustion process for melting raw materials, and according to diDonato, is a breakthrough in lowering NOx emissions.


Norshield Expands to Provide Embassy Security

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Providing all ballistic and blast resistant doors, windows and framing for numerous worldwide embassies is one project Norshield Security Products credits to the recent expansion and addition to its Montgomery, Ala.-based manufacturing plant.

With bombings having occurred at the U.S. Embassies in Dar Es Salaam and Nairobi in 1998 and at the Khobar Towers barracks in 1995, the U.S. Department of State recently ordered a comprehensive building and security renovation project to more than 60 embassies around the world. Brown and Root Services of Houston and Perini Corp. of Framingham, Mass., were hired as the projects’ general contractors and Norshield was commissioned to provide the security products. Barry White, the company’s manager of sales and engineering said the company’s facility expansion ensured that it would meet the demand.

“We’ve seen a tremendous increase in orders over the past several years,” said Craig Washing, vice president. “A lot of them are coming from the glass industry ... glass shops get the first call and we can help them through the project,” he added.


Crystal Window & Door Opens Syracuse Branch

A new sales and distribution center for Flushing, N.Y.-based Crystal Window & Door Systems Ltd. is now up and running in Syracuse, N.Y., bringing the company’s total number of facilities up to seven. It will serve as the hub for Crystal’s upstate New York operations, encompassing Buffalo, Albany, Binghamton and Watertown.


CRL Launches New Canadian Facility

Los Angeles-based C.R. Laurence (CRL) is opening a new distribution location in Richmond, British Columbia, when the current branch operations in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, relocate to Richmond.

“This move brings our operations closer to the central business district of Vancouver, a more convenient location for our customers,” said Donald E. Friese, CRL president and CEO. “It demonstrates our deep commitment to the Canadian market.”

The Richmond facility features advanced shipping equipment and computer systems and a “will call” department for order pick-ups.


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