Volume 37, Issue 2, February 2002


Solutia Selects Glaspro for its Vanceva Line
Solutia has named Glaspro as the first distributor for its Vanceva line, shown here.

An agreement was announced recently between St. Louis-based Solutia Inc. and Glaspro Inc. of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., naming Glaspro a fabricator and distributor for Solutia's Vanceva line of advanced glazing systems (see related story in November 2001 USGlass, page 59).

"Vanceva is an outstanding line of interlayer products with unmatched aesthetic and performance qualities. We're pleased to be part of the Solutia team and to be offering a wider range of solutions that enable designers to think about glass as performing functions they never thought possible," said Joseph Green, Glaspro president. "The agreement with Solutia allows us to reinforce our business strategy to become the single source for architects, designers and engineers, for all of their architectural glass needs."

Sika Plant Obtains QS-9000 Certification 
Sika Industry of Madison Heights, Mich., has obtained QS-9000 certification for its plant in Marion, Ohio. This certification verifies that Sika's Marion quality systems conform to the QS-9000 standards, demonstrating continuous improvement, emphasizing defect prevention and the reduction of variation and waste.

"Our employees worked hard for this certification," said Ron Gibson, quality engineer at the plant. "This will open the door for introduction of additional automotive products, as well as introducing a stricter discipline for maintaining quality."

YKK's Dublin Facility Chooses Granco Clark Handling System
YKK AP's Dublin, Ga., plant is making plans for a 2,750-ton extrusion press line from Granco Clark of Belding, Mich., which is scheduled to begin operation in June.

According to information from Granco Clark, the line will include a highly integrated cooling system both above and below the runout conveyor, a double puller system and a roller runout conveyor with Kevlar-needled felt roller covers. In addition, an all-belt handling system with needled felt Kevlar belts will be included in the installation as well as an automated saw and gauging system.
CONEWS2 Granco’s taper quench

Also included is a four-drawer die oven with separate temperature-controlled compartments. Granco Clark is also supplying a billet taper quench that it says removes heat fast.

Hydro Reorganizes North American Operations; Purchases VAW
Hydro Aluminum Wells of Baltimore has entered into an agreement with Hydro Aluminum Metal Products North America to form a new company, Hydro Aluminum North America. 

In addition, Norsk Hydro ASA, the Norwegian oil and energy, light metals and agri group entered an agreement to buy all shares of VAW Aluminum AG, a German aluminum company. According to information from the company, Hydro Aluminum North America will include the integration of VAW in North America. 

"With the extrusion market undergoing a consolidation, this reorganization and acquisition make Hydro a stronger, more dynamic choice for our customers while helping to assure that our plants are better positioned to continue operating in the future," said Martin Carter, president of Hydro Aluminum North America.

BGW Executives Sponsor Scholarship Opportunities 
Rey Cano, president of Malibu, Calif.-based Beveled Glass Works, and Suzan Cano, vice president, have helped fund and create a scholarship program to help Latino students attend the University of California at Los Angeles. According to Rey Cano, the Latino Alumni Scholarship (LAS) has contributed more than $250,000 to Hispanic students in the past five years.

To get the program started, Cano worked with other Hispanic Southern California entrepreneurs. According to BGW, at first individual scholarships added up to around $8,000. Now, each student typically receives $15,000.

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be of Latin American descent and accepted to attend UCLA. Students must submit to the LAS a scholarship application and a written essay. "I look for grades and perseverance," said Cano, who explained he would choose an applicant with a C average from a single-family home who had worked part time for four years over a B student who didn't have to work because he comes from a wealthy family. "This [scholarship] is for kids who need both the financial help and the confidence from others to recognize that they have education as their primary goal."

Abrasive Technology Awarded ISO 9001:2000 Certification
Abrasive Tech-nology Inc. of Lewis Center, Ohio, has been awarded the ISO 9001:2000 certification for its USA world headquarters in Lewis Center. According to information from the company, the certification signifies that Abrasive Technology, Lewis Center, has established and implemented a quality system in conformity with the quality management system requirements in ISO 9001:2000.

ISO CERTIFICATE PLAQUE An ISO 9001 Certificate is now displayed by Abrasive Technology.

"The certification of our Lewis Center world headquarters operations is a positive declaration, on behalf of our customers, that Abrasive Technology is strongly committed to international quality management standards," said Loyal M. Peterman Jr., the company's founder, president and chief executive officer.

association news
GANH Launches New Website

The Glass Association of New Hampshire (GANH) has revamped its website, www.glassassociation.org. The site features industry links, news and photos, meeting and event information and more.

IWCA Finalizes ANSI Window-Cleaning Standard
The International Window Cleaning Association (IWCA), based in Washington, D.C., has finalized the I-14.1 Window Cleaning Safety Standard. The standard had been in the works for five years. The ANSI/IWCA standard is a two-part document that will serve as a guide for building owners and window cleaners.

Part A of I-14.1 will address safety guidelines, while Part B is geared toward professionals in the window-cleaning industry. It also addresses access equipment, including rope-descended systems, transportable and permanent suspended scaffolds, ladders and man-lifts, and provides guidelines for each system's appropriate use.

Allstate and Farmers Add Policies to Offer Breakage Protection
Two insurance companies, Allstate of Northbrook, Ill., and Farmers Insurance Group of Los Angeles, have recently added on to their policy offerings to provide homeowners in Texas with a new means of coverage. The coverage, which is an endorsement to the HO-A policy, brings additional coverage to the homeowner's policy, including glass breakage.

Allstate's Texas homeowner's insurance subsidiary, Allstate Texas Lloyd's, received Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) approval to provide broader coverage to the policy, creating the Allstate HO-A-Plus option. 

Farmers Insurance also received TDI approval. Through the endorsement the company has created the HO-A Choice Plus policy. It can be used in conjunction with a wide selection of other endorsements. 


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