Volume 36, Issue 9, September 2001 


                            latest news developments

Glass Industry Continues to Show Growth

The National Association of Purchasing Management (NAPM) announced that of the 20 industries it tracks the glass industry was one of only three in the country showing an increase in manufacturing activity in July. It was one of seven showing an increase in August. The stone and aggregate industry was the only other with reported growth in both months. Other industries showing increases in August include fabricated metals, furniture, leather, food, paper and printing and publishing.

NAPM said its own index of business activity rose to 47.9 in August from 43.6 the previous month. (An index above 50 signifies growth, while a figure below 50 shows contraction.)

Spending for all building projects fell by 0.1 percent in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $859.4 billion. NAPM’s survey outweighed a Commerce Department report that construction edged down in July, the fifth monthly decline in a row, as spending for home improvement fell sharply.

The glass industry has remained relatively insulated from recent economic slowdowns.


Two to be Inducted into Glass and Metal Hall of FameTM

Jim Johnson            SCHENIAN Dale Schenian

Jim Johnson
of Sommer & Maca Industries in Cicero, Ill., and Dale Schenian of City Auto Glass in South St. Paul, Minn., will be recognized by induction into the Glass and Metal Hall of Fame for 2001. 

The eighth annual Glass and Metal Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony, sponsored by USGlass magazine, will be held on Friday, October 5, at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, Minn., a suburb of Minneapolis. The affair is being held in conjunction with Glass Expo Midwest™ ’01, October 5-6, also sponsored in-part by USGlass magazine. 

Glass Expo Midwest has served as the medium for the ceremony for the past seven years. The event is the ideal time to honor exceptional industry members, as they exemplify the goals of the event’s attendees. 

The event begins with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30 and the induction ceremony at approximately 8:15. Tickets are $58 and include a welcoming reception, dinner and the ceremony. Those interested in attending the awards dinner and/or Glass Expo Midwest should contact show management at 540/720-5584 or visit www.usglassmag.com/industryevents/GEMS/2001/index.html.


Arch Aluminum Opens New Facility; Florida Plant begins Decorative Silk-Screened Production

Arch Aluminum & Glass began production at its Akron, Ohio facility August 27. The Akron plant will operate an architectural aluminum fabrication department in which it will produce custom Amarlite doors and offer a full inventory of standard doors and framing systems.

The new plant features 80,000 square feet of production and warehouse space and includes an 86-inch by 190-inch HHH convection tempering furnace as its centerpiece. Additional equipment includes a Bystronic XYZ cutting system, a Billco washing system with soft-coat brushes and an automated Lisec insulating glass production line. The facility also has a glass fabrication department to provide custom edgework, polishing and hole drilling.

According to Arch, all architectural products produced in Akron will be delivered on a new truck fleet, which includes boom capability for case and job site deliveries. Areas covered through the Akron plant include most of Ohio, with the Southwestern portion of the state serviced through Arch’s Indianapolis facility, Western Pennsylvania, Upstate New York, West Virginia and Southeastern Michigan. 

Arch has also begun production of decorative silk-screened glass at its Orlando, Fla., fabrication facility. 

“We are supplying standard silk-screened glass with white ceramic frit paint applied in either a dot (40-percent coverage), line (50-percent coverage), hole (60-percent coverage) or sandblast appearance (100-percent coverage) pattern,” said Cliff Monroe, who launched the process in Orlando. 

PPG Announces Expected Availability of New Self-Cleaning Glass

PPG says spraying SunClean with a hose will cause dirt to wash away without streaking the glass.

Another new self-cleaning glass is making its way to the market. PPG has announced that it will begin producing its self-cleaning SunClean™ glass by the end of the year. 

SunClean glass, which PPG says has been in research and development since the mid-1990s, features a transparent coating that helps to break down dirt particles and sheet water to rinse a window’s exterior clean. The company says the sheeting ability also provides minimal spotting for a clean appearance. 

The announcement of SunClean comes on the heels of Pilkington’s announcement of its own self-cleaning glass, June 26 (see July 2001 USGlass page 24 for related story).

“We think it’s the kind of product that will make contractors very popular with homeowners,” said Patrick Kenny, director of product marketing for PPG’s flat glass products. 

According to PPG’s public relations manager, Jeff Worden, PPG is presently talking with its window-manufacturing customers to find out who will be best suited to carry the line. According to Kenny, selections will be based on internal criteria. “It’s a new product so we don’t want to over-promote and become over capacity,” he said. “Its availability will [most likely] be limited. It will be available through the right window companies that have the right way to promote the product.” 

SunClean’s self-cleaning properties come from a transparent coating of titanium dioxide, which is applied during the manufacturing process. After a few days of exposure to the sun, the coating is energized and provides photocatalytic and hydrophilic properties. The coating and ultraviolet light combine to create the photocatalytic action that helps loosen and dissolve dirt and other organic material. Through the hydrophilic properties, water droplets spread out or sheet across the glass’ surface. This helps alleviate streaking or spotting. 



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