Volume 38, Issue 3, March 2003


Intertek and ATI Develop New Thermal Certification Program
Intertek Testing Services of Boxborough, Mass., has formed a joint venture with Architectural Testing Inc. (ATI) of York, Pa., to offer a fenestration thermal performance certification program. 
According to the two companies, the new AccessAbility™ program will serve as an alternative to the National Fenestration Rating Council’s thermal certification program, which was the only program available before now. 

“We’re giving manufacturers an alternative, and I don’t think that’s ever been done,” said Jeff Turcotte, Intertek vice president.

According to the program’s guidelines, participating organizations are industry trade associations that choose to participate in AccessAbility. Participants are window, door and other building envelope manufacturers who are members of these organizations. 

Members seeking certification through the program will have their thermal performance testing conducted by ATI, which will serve as the exclusive testing laboratory for the program. If test results meet the program’s criteria, ETL SEMKO will certify products as compliant and will authorize use of its Warnock Hersey mark. 

Turcotte says one of the reasons this program is unique is because two industry leaders are working together. Additionally, Turcotte said that manufacturers can now go to a single-source for testing.

“The market didn’t offer this previously,” he said. 

“It will be relatively easy to roll over to Intertek [from NFRC] if they [manufacturers] so choose,” said Henry Taylor, ATI president. 

According to Turcotte, existing Intertek clients expressed interest in such a program due to the new energy requirements such as the International Energy Code and the International Residential Code. 

“Our clients are already familiar with us … and this won’t necessarily mean more testing for them,” said Turcotte. “Companies already using Intertek will definitely be interested.”

Additionally, manufacturers who participate in this program will have the data necessary to participate in Energy Star®—a program Turcotte says Intertek firmly believes in.
“Anything we can do to help manufacturers get involved in Energy Star is great because we really believe in that program,” he said.

For more information on AccessAbility, visit www.accessability.com. Additionally, participants can call 888-99THERM to arrange for testing and certification services. 

AFG To Open New Plant in Abingdon
Abingdon, Va., will be the new site for AFG Industries’ $30 million coating plant. The Kingsport, Tenn.-based company projects that when completed in mid-2004, the 150,000-square-foot facility will employ approximately 80 employees.

According to Fred Wallin, vice president of marketing and business development, the new plant will house a vacuum coater that will be used primarily to fabricate the company’s Comfort Ti products.

Currently, AFG owns and operates coating facilities in Hampton, Iowa; Victorville, Calif.; and Toronto. 

“Our home and headquarters are in Northeast Tennessee, and we are excited to have our third coater in this region,” said D. Roger Kennedy, president and chief executive officer. 

The new plant will be managed by Ed Wegener. Wegener has 15 years of experience in vacuum coating. He will relocate to Abingdon from Tucson, Ariz. 

Applied Film Industries of Longmont, Colo., is manufacturing the coater.

Bent Glass Relocates to New Facility
Previously of King of Prussia, Pa., Bent Glass Design Inc., a manufacturer of bent laminated and insulating glass products, has announced the opening of its new 60,000- square-foot factory and office space in Hatboro, Pa. The company will use the new space to continue expanding its application possibilities.

“Over the years, Bent Glass Design has taken on many innovative and one-of-a-kind projects,” said company president Steven Lerner. “Our engineering services department offers our customers personalized technical support on the design and fabrication of each project.”

VIP Contest Winners Announced
Vetter® Windows and Doors announced the winners of its Vetter Inspired Project (VIP) annual national design contest. The contest was geared toward architects and custom homebuilders that could demonstrate innovative uses of Vetter windows and doors.

Bruce A. Rich Architects took the "best of show" prize in Vetter’s VIP design contest. Bruce A. Rich Architects of Rockville, Md., took home “best of show” and best custom home in the more-than-5,000-square-feet category.

“This year’s VIP competition was a great success,” said Jeff Kibler, Vetter brand manager. “We had twice the number of entries this year compared to last year. We’re confident that the 2003 VIP competition will continue to draw some of the most architecturally inspired projects in the country that illustrate how Vetter products can enhance a design.”

Entries were judged by a cross-section of professionals related to the field of architecture and home design, and awards were given in six categories: custom homes more than 5,000 square feet; custom homes 3,000-5,000 square feet; custom homes less than 3,000 square feet; best commercial project; best commercial renovation; and best log home.

CPFilms Installs Sputtering Equipment

Martinsville, Va.-based CPFilms, a business unit of Solutia, has installed a wide-width, high-speed sputtering machine. 

According to the company, the new machine will enable metallic and reactive deposition and multi-layer stacking of films from thicknesses of 0.5 mil to 10 mil and widths up to 72 inches.

The machine is aimed at sophisticated and solar-control film markets and high-quality precision coating markets for the electronic display industry, and markets where high-precision metallic, alloy or oxide coatings are required, the company adds.

2003 Marks 60 Years of Business for Traco

Traco is celebrating its 60th anniversery this year. Traco, of Cranberry Township, Pa., is celebrating 60 years in business this year. The company, which was established in 1943 by Mae and E.R. Randall, today has more than 1,800 employees. 
Traco says it is planning a special celebration this month, with additional anniversary events throughout the year. In addition, a 60th anniversary emblem has been developed that will be featured on all of the company’s 2003 marketing materials.

IBA Celebrates A Decade of Success
IBA Consultants of Sarasota, Fla., is celebrating its tenth anniversary. The company provides in-house consulting and inspection along with a mobile testing facility.

“I’ve been in the business for 19 years, ten of those in Florida, and have learned that solid customer relationships are of utmost importance, and the more services we have to offer the better,” said IBA president Mark Baker.

Pecora Corp. Awarded ISO Certification
Pecora Corp. of Harleysville, Pa., has been awarded ISO Q9001:2000 certification by KEMA-Registered Quality Inc. With a stringent focus on customer satisfaction, Pecora says it is one of the first waterproofing manufacturers to achieve the new ISO standard.

According to literature from the company, Pecora will continue monitoring and measuring practices to guarantee excellent quality and service.
GE Sealants & Adhesives Takes Part in Project Safeguard™
GE Sealants & Adhesives of Huntersville, N.C., recently teamed with other GE business units to educate people about protecting families from disasters involving flying glass.

The initiative, called Project Safeguard, was developed by the Protecting People First Foundation. In addition to GE Sealants & Adhesives, GE Employers Reinsurance Corp. and GE Lighting were also involved. GE employees volunteered their time to perform a safety retrofit at the Homestead Family YMCA in Homestead, Fla.

Wakefield has announced that it has changed its name to Wakefield Equipment. The company has also relocated its corporate offices to Hudson, Ohio… Diamon-Fusion International (DFI) Inc. of San Juan Capistrano Calif., and Faour Glass Technologies of Tampa, Fla., have signed a licensing agreement for use of the DFI process… Waterboro, Maine-based Architectural Skylight Co. (ASC), announced that Architectural Daylighting Inc. of Brookpark, Ohio, will represent ASC’s line of custom architectural skylights and sloped glazing in Ohio and Western Pennsylvania, as well as provide local representation for ASC’s sister company, E-Skylight.Com… The ETL SEMKO division of Intertek Testing Services (Intertek) announced that it has acquired ownership of the Consumers’ Association Research and Testing Center, a consumer product performance testing and research facility in the United Kingdom… The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) announced the formation of the Lightweight Structures Association (LSA), a division that will focus on providing educational programming and formulating solutions to issues involving tensile, membrane, cable, glass and air structures.


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