Volume 37, Issue 12, December 2002


Pilkington’s ACTIV™ Honored in “1000 Inventions and Discoveries”

PILKINGTONCOVER Pilkington’s invention of Activ self-cleaning glass has landed the company among some of the most famous inventions in history in the book “1000 Inventions & Discoveries,” published by DK Publishing in 2002. Profiled alongside such inventions as the television, the car, the skyscraper and the World Wide Web, Pilkington’s self-cleaning glass is listed as the very last entry in the book.

 Although the book begins with the inclusion of stone tools developed circa 3 million B.C., only two entries are listed for the year 2001, with self-cleaning glass being one of them. The second 2001 entry is the cloning of an endangered animal.

The author of the book, Roger Bridgman, said he first heard of Pilkington Activ self-cleaning glass on a television news report in England. “I included it [in my book] because it seems like an idea that is both simple to explain and of great potential impact on the way buildings are designed and maintained,” he said.

Dr. Kevin Sanderson, who is also mentioned in the book, led the development of Pilkington’s self-cleaning glass. Activ was first released in the United Kingdom in February 2001 before being released in the United States in June 2001.

In addition, Pilkington also is mentioned in the book for Sir Alistair Pilkington’s invention of the float glass process in 1959.

NSA Announces National Design Award Winners

The National Sunroom Association (NSA) announced the winners of its NSA Design Awards during an October ceremony in Chicago as part of its annual fall meeting. More than 100 entries were received from companies throughout the United States, and professors of architecture from the University of Kansas chose finalists and winners. Awards were presented in three categories: $12,000 and under, $12,000 to $25,000 and $25,000 and over.

“We were very pleased with both the quality and the amount of entries,” said Bob Ottaway, NSA president. “In our inaugural year of what is to be an annual event, we greatly exceeded our expectations.”

The winners were: In the $12,000 and under category, Arizona Sunspaces of Prescott, Ariz.; in the $12,000 to $25,000 category, Sunrooms of Indiana in Greenfield, Ind.; and in the $25,000 and over category, SolarTecture of Monterey, Calif.

UNDER12      12TO25      OVER25 (Left to right) Winning designs for: Under-$12,000; $12,000 to $25,000; and the $25,000 and above.

Extech to Import Politec Panels
EXTECH®/Exterior Technologies Inc., a Pittsburgh-based manufacturer of skylights, windows and glazed wall systems, has entered into a contract with Politec of Switzerland to import standing-seam, light-transmitting panels.

EXTECH® has developed aluminum framing systems for use with the Politec panels. It incorporates low-friction gasketing and controlled-gasket pressure to address the thermal expansion, which is characteristic of polycarbonates, said the company. 

Guardian Europe Celebrates New Float Glass Plant 
Representing an investment of more than 115 million pounds ($181,778,624 USD) for Auburn Hills, Mich.-based Guardian Industries, company executives and government officials recently laid the cornerstone for a future float glass plant in Goole, England.

Those formally laying the cornerstone included Russ Ebeid, Guardian Glass Group president; Ralph J. Gerson, Guardian International president; and Alan Johnson, United Kingdom minister for industry, the regions and employment relations. Others participating in the ceremony included the chairperson of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, councilor Mrs. Rowan Blake-James; member of the Parliament, Ian Cawsey and chairperson of the Yorkshire Forward, Graham Hall. 

“With the completion of our float glass line in Goole, we will better serve a significant and growing customer base in England,” said Ebeid. “Like our new glass plant in Poland, this plant incorporates state-of-the-art equipment and high-tech production processes enabling Guardian to continue to bring its customers high-quality glass backed by the best customer service.”

Production on the new plant began in July, and Guardian expects it to be complete in the latter part of 2003. The plant will run 365 days a year and will produce approximately 700 tons of float glass daily for both residential and architectural applications. Guardian expects the facility to eventually employ 300 people.

Vos Glass Recognized by Western Michigan Better Business Bureau
Vos Glass of Grand Rapids, Mich., was honored recently with the Business of the Year award, for the central region, 50 or fewer employees, from the Western Michigan Better Business Bureau.

“We have 43 of the most caring employees,” said Linda J. Vos-Graham, company president. “Pride, integrity, craftsmanship—those are the things that drive everything we do.” 

Abrasive Technology Recognized for E-Commerce Innovation
Abrasive Technology (AT) of Lewis Center, Ohio, was recognized as one of the top three companies in the state of Ohio in the manufacturing division (companies with 500 employees or fewer) for innovation in e-commerce. The company’s e-commerce application allows customers to order online, view order history, recent quotes, reorder directly from previous orders, track packages and view open invoices and account credits. “Our customers like being able to order 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week and being able to log onto their individual account at any time,” said Paul Doyle of AT’s e-commerce process. 

Juba Named a Fast 50 for the Second Time
Juba Aluminum Products of Concord, N.C., has been presented with the 2002 Fast 50 award by the Charlotte (N.C.) Business Journal, Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Alston Bird. The Fast 50 award is designed to recognize fast-growing, private companies in the Charlotte region. This is the second time Juba has received this honor; it was also an award recipient in 1998.

“This is a great recognition of our talented and experienced staff,” said John Juba, president of Juba Aluminum. “I am proud that we have been able to strategically position ourselves to sustain us through these tough economic times.”

A formula that reflects dollar and percentage growth over a three-year period determines which JUBA companies qualify for Fast 50.

Juba officers: (Front) John Juba; (back from left to right) Joni Juba, Johnny Ray and Janna Juba Riley.

Hydro Aluminum to Close Moultrie, Ga., Facility
Hydro Aluminum North America has announced it will close the operations of its Moultrie, Ga., facility by the end of this year. The company says it plans to sell or transfer its remaining anodizing and fabrication activities by mid-2003.

One hundred and twenty-one employees will be affected by the closure; the 96 hourly employees are represented by Local 7834 of the United Steelworkers of America.

According to Hydro Aluminum, despite recent investments in the Moultrie plant, the facility continued to experience low business levels due to weak market conditions. 

New Pickup and Delivery Service for Ohio and Indiana Underway at Linetec
To better meet the needs of customers in Ohio and Indiana, Linetec of Wausau, Wis., has added a regular, weekly pickup and delivery service for customers in those states.

“Our customers have consistently expressed the great value our transportation service adds to our relationships. They like not having to worry about contracting haulers and the potential for damage with common carriers. We’re happy to expand the service to more customers,” said Rick Marshall, president.

According to Linetec, the company manages all scheduling in order to ensure on-time pickup and delivery. Linetec’s fleet conducts more than 20 truck runs throughout the United States. 


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