Volume 39, Issue 4, April  2004


Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corp. of Tulsa, Okla., has installed Granco Clark’s “Hot Jet” billet furnace in its rod and bar producing facility serving the distribution market … The Dwyer Group of Waco, Texas, has announced that all of its franchiser subsidiaries have been ranked in Entrepreneur magazine’s 25th annual “Franchise 500.” The Glass Doctor® was ranked at #135 … Acurlite of Berwick, Pa., has relocated to 
a new 12,000-square-foot building … PPG Industries has laid off 40 employees from its fiberglass plant in Shelby, N.C. Spokesperson Jeff Worden attributed the layoffs to a reduction in demand and low economic activities ... 

O’Keeffe’s Expands Production Facility in CA
O’Keeffe’s Inc. has announced an expansion of its production facility in Merced, Calif. The expanded facility includes a class 10 clean room and climatized pouring facility, which the company says will further enhance clarity and lead times of its gel-filled SuperLite II-XL products.

“In order to continue to expeditiously deliver an exceptionally clear fire-resistive product to our customers, we have consolidated all production under one roof, streamlining the assembly and improving the process of manufacturing this specialized … glazing that acts as a transparent fire wall for all locations requiring the hose stream and more than 60-minute fire ratings,” said Bill O’Keeffe, president.
Info www.safti.com or call 415/822-4222.

Solutia’s Blast-Resistant Interlayers Used 
in New Oklahoma City Federal Campus

St. Louis-based Solutia Inc.’s blast-resistant interlayers were used in the glazing of the new Oklahoma Federal Campus that replaces the Alfred P. Murrah Building destroyed in the 1995 terrorist bombing. 

“Security was paramount when designing the campus, but we also wanted to create a sense of openness in a sustainable building,” said Carol Ross Barney, lead designer of Ross Barney + Jankowski, the Chicago-based architectural firm that designed the federal campus. “The generous use of glass in the building design allowed us to accomplish all of these objectives. We wanted a safe, but not prison-like building.” 

The new 181,000-square-foot, three-story building, which opened in December 2003, features laminated glass made with interlayers from Solutia Viracon of Owatonna,Minn., fabricated the glass. Masonry Arts of Bessemer, Ala., served as glazingcontractor. 

“Without compromising the open and inviting look and feel of the building, we needed to ensure the federal campus provided a safe and secure environment for its occupants The need for high performance security glazing was evident,” said Ross Barney.


PGT Raises $10,000 During Truck Convoy
In late 2003, PGT Industries led the “World’s Largest Truck Convoy,” which was sponsored by the Orange County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Department. PGT helped raise more than $10,000 benefit the Florida Special Olympics. 

Dwyer Group Donates 10,050 Pounds of Food During Annual Food Drive
During its annual Food for Families food drive, the Dwyer Group (which owns the Glass Doctor) set 
a new company record, donating 10,050 pounds of food to the Waco, Texas-based Caritas agency, which feeds needy families in Central Texas.

“Once again our associates have let their actions speak for themselves at this important time of year,” said Dina Dwyer-Owens, president and chief executive officer. “Giving back to our community has always played an important role for the Dwyer Group, and we never want to see someone go hungry.”

Bekaert Specialty Films 
Achieves ISO 9002 Certification

Clearwater, Fla.-based Bekaert Specialty Films (BSF) has announced it has received ISO 9002 certification for achieving the standards associated with a high-quality management system within a manufacturing organization.

“More than ever, we consistently maintain a commitment to serving our customers,” said Christophe Fremont, general manager for BSF. The ISO certification is a validation of our ongoing effort to deliver un-matched service at all levels within our organization. From sourcing materials to the timely delivery of our films, we are most efficient and effective, and that is to the benefit of each and every one of our customers.”

Originally certified under the 1994 ISO revisions, BSF re-applied for compliancy in order to achieve the standards associated with the year 2000 requirements. The recertification process began in the fourth quarter of 2003 and was complete by the end of that year.

Southeastern Aluminum Expands in Indianapolis
Southeastern Aluminum Products, based in Jacksonville, Fla., recently moved its Indianapolis operations into a new 70,000-square-foot facility. 

The new facility duplicates the company’s former building, which it was in for eight years, but provides additional space to meet increasing customer demand and manufacturing capabilities in the Midwest. 

According to the company, the new facility will begin production of CrystalLine frameless kits and panel kits later this year. A new showroom has also been built to display glass options and metal finishes.
Info www.southeasternaluminum.com or call 904/781-8200.

F. Barkow Announces Free Parts Incentive
In commemoration of its 125th anniversary, Milwaukee-based F. Barkow has announced a free parts incentive. For customers purchasing aluminum or steel carriers in May and June they will receive a coupon good for $150 worth of free parts.

The company says the offer applies to orders booked and paid for in May or June and cannot be sued to purchase additional parts. The coupon cannot be used toward shipping charges, sales tax or as a discount on the glass carrier order.
Info www.barkow.com or call 800/558-5580.

In the February issue of USGlass F. Barkow’s web address was listed incorrectly. The company’s website is www.barkow.com.

Also, in the March issue Casso-Solar was inadvertently excluded from the Eighth Annual Guide to Industry Websites. Casso-Solar’s website is www.cassosolar.com.
USGlass regrets the errors.

Kaba Access Control Recognizes Outstanding Sales Agencies
Based in Winston-Salem, N.C., Kaba Access Control has recognized a number of its sales agencies and representatives for outstanding achievement. Winners were honored during Kaba’s North American sales meetings. The following were recognized:

Wright Sales 2003 Outstanding Sales Achievement
Kelaher Associates 2003 Outstanding Peaks® Performance
Stegweit & Co. 2003 Outstanding Electronic Locks PerformanceMT
Technical Sales 2003 Outstanding Simplex® Performance
Antony Deslandes 2003 Outstanding Technical Sales Specialist 


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