Volume 35, Number 9, September 2000


                            the industry in the media spotlight


PBS’s “This Old House” Uses Weather Shield Windows & Doors

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Products from Weather Shield Windows & Doors were recently chosen for use in a Santa Barbara, Calif., renovation project filmed by PBS’s “This Old House” show. The 1907 arts-and-crafts style bungalow house overlooking the Pacific Ocean is receiving a complete renovation.

“We’re always looking for innovative products to feature,” said series producer Bruce Irving. “With these windows we were especially impressed with their combined features — traditional hardwood look, energy-efficient glass and beautiful cherry interiors.”

A variety of casement, awning and picture windows were used, along with interior French doors, all part of Weather Shield’s custom wood interiors collection.


Glass Industry Companies among Fortune’s Admired

Several prominent glass-related companies made the grade recently when Fortune magazine put together its annual listing of the “Most Admired Companies of 1999.” Corning retained the number one spot for the glass building materials category, taking first place in the category two years in a row. Published in Fortune’s February 21, 2000 issue, the list ranked Alcoa number one in the metals industry, with Nucor ranked number two. Both companies repeat their 1998 appearance. In the chemicals industry, Dupont was ranked number one, also repeating its 1998 rank. In a separate listing of ratings by reputation attributes, Dupont ranked second for social responsibility.


Flour City International Named ‘Champion of Industry’

Flour City International, located in Kingsport, Tenn., was recently featured on Pat Summerall’s “Champions of Industry” series. The show focused on Flour City as a leader in the design, fabrication, and installation of custom exterior wall systems used in the construction of both commercial and governmental buildings.


Boston Glassworks of Old Featured in
Scientific American

Boston has acquired yet another historical legacy. However, the newest legacy is literally more sordid than that of the Boston Tea Party and the days of yore.

A recent excavation led to the discovery of toxic nineteenth-century glass, according to Scientific American Discovering Archaeology. The glass contains lead, arsenic, and mercury, added accidentally when broken perfume bottles, pressed tablewares, ointment boxes, medicine bottles, and test tubes were swept into the new product.

Three glass manufacturers were located near Boston in the 1840s, including the American Glass Company, which was located on the site where the glass was found, according to the publication’s June issue.


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