Volume 38, Issue 8, August 2003


Desert Glass Products LLC Desert Glass Products
Opens Las Vegas Facility

Desert Glass Products LLC opened a new, full-service glass fabrication facility in Las Vegas in mid-June. Dan Haney, general manager, said the new 65,000-square-foot plant offers tempered, insulating and specialty glass products.
Desert Glass has opened a 65,000-square-foot plant in Las Vegas.
The new facility operates a 96-by-80 Tamglass SuperConvection™ custom tempering system, a 130-by-204 automated cutting system with Albat & Wirsam software, an 84-by-180 roll-coat spandrel line with ceramic frit and opacicoat capability, an 84-by-180 silkscreen press and cure oven and an insulating glass manufacturing line. 

The company plans to specialize in the fabrication of heavy glass as well as new-generation, soft-coat, post-temperable solar-control products.

Desert Glass products will be delivered via a new fleet of delivery trucks, which will service the Las Vegas metro area, as well as surrounding states.

Info 866-657-8090.

GE Polymershapes Demonstrates Forced-Entry and Ballistic GlazingsSeveral methods of destruction were used in the Insulgard Security  Products demo. Several methods of destruction were used in the Insulgard Security  Products demo.

An Insulgard® Architectural Security Products demonstration was conducted recently in Richmond, Va., organized by GE Polymershapes, a division of GE Plastics. The event was held in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Corrections (DOC) at the DOC Academy for Staff Development. Among those viewing the demonstrations were architects, local and federal law enforcement, DOC management, detention contractors and others.

Firearm instructor Captain Carlos Hernandez used firearms, sledge hammers, axes, mauls, propane torches and other destructive tools in an attempt to break Lexgard® laminates, glass-clad Lexan sheet and other Insulgard glazing materials and window frames.

Info www.gepolymershapes.com, www.geplastics.com or www.insulgard.com  or call 413-448-4690.

Grand Rapids to be New Home for Tubelite
Tubelite Inc. has announced that its warehousing and fabrication operations will be relocating to Grand Rapids, Mich., from Reed City.

“The move is intended to reduce production and logistics costs. Given the slowdown in the commercial building industry, the architectural metals market is extremely competitive—and we expect that to continue,” said Steve Green, director of sales and marketing. “Relocating portions of our operation to the Grand Rapids area allows us to stay competitive in the marketplace.”

The move will most likely affect between 75 and 80 hourly workers at its Reed City branch.
“It’s unfortunate that these people will be affected, but the move is clearly in the long-term best interests of the company,” added Kay Bowen, human resources manager.

Jim Giel, current manager of warehousing and fabrication in Reed City, will oversee the new operations in Grand Rapids. The relocation is expected to be complete in the coming months. Grand Rapids is approximately 70 miles southwest of Reed City.

Info www.tubeliteinc.com or call 800-866-2227.

Guardian Works with Habitat for Humanity on Building a New Home
Twenty-two employees from Auburn Hills, Mich.-based Guardian Industries recently spent nearly 400 hours helping build a brand-new home for charity.

The team worked with Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County (HFHOC) in Michigan. The Guardian employees donated their time and skills to install windows and siding. In addition, Guardian’s Building Products Group located in Greenville, S.C., donated fiberglass insulation for the entire house. James Ward was one of 22 Guardian employees working with Habitat for Humanity.

“With the help and dedication of companies like Guardian, Habitat of Oakland County can give more deserving people a chance to own a clean, safe place to live,” said Kim Hale, executive director of HFHOC. 

“In tough times, we really count on the generosity of our corporate sponsors and the spirit of goodwill of their employees to help keep us going.” 


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