Volume 39,  Issue 12,  December 2004


Arch Aluminum & Glass Announces Acquisition of Glass-Tex Industries

Arch Aluminum & Glass of Tamarac, Fla., has acquired Glass-Tex Industries of Houston. With this acquisition Arch now has 24 regional glass fabrication facilities.
“We are thrilled to add a company of this caliber to Arch,” said Leon Silverstein, president and chief executive officer. “This acquisition is the beginning of our new strategy to acquire successful small- to medium-sized companies that fit into our geographical footprint and family-oriented culture.”

According to Arch’s announcement, Glass-Tex is well regarded in its region, and there are no plans to change the progress it has made over the last 18 months under the leadership of Gene McKay and Shirley Taton, branch manager and assistant branch manager respectively. 

“It made sense because the ownership of Glass-Tex was looking for someone, such as the Silverstein family, who had the background and philosophy to take care of its employees and customer base with more available resources than an independent company could provide.”

“The ownership and employees are thrilled with the opportunity they now have. Arch, with its family attitude along with its overall size, will surely benefit everyone who is involved with Glass-Tex today,” said Jim Adams, Glass-Tex majority owner.

The Glass-Tex facility is a full fabrication plant that includes a 100 by 168 tempering furnace and complete insulating and spandrel processes. Current management and staff will remain with the company, according to Arch’s announcement. 

In 2003 Glass-Tex had sales of approximately $6 million. The company’s full-scale fabrication efforts focus on both commercial and residential work in Houston and San Antonio. 

NBCC Moves Closer to Approval of ASTM Reference 
The Provincial and Territorial Policy Advisory Committee on Codes (PTPACC) to the National Building Code of Canada (NBCC) met November 18-19 and reviewed the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance’s (IGMA) request for a reference to ASTM E 2190. 

According Marg Webb, executive director of IGMA, PTPACC had no policy disagreement with the proposed change and the matter has now moved forward for review by the technical subcommittee. The technical subcommittee will review the change and report back to the full PTPACC if there are technical concerns. If no issues are raised the matter will then go before the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes for approval. This will take place either during the commission’s meeting June 12-13, 2005, or by letter ballot. 

Board of Standards Review Approves ANSI Z977.1 Standard

After nine years of discussions, debates, controversy and multiple ballots and appeals, the American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) Board of Standards Review has announced that ANSI Z97.1-2004, Glazing Materials Used in Buildings, Safety Performance Specifications and Methods of Test, a revision of ANSI Z97.1-1984 (R1994), has been approved. According to the Board of Standards Review, this final action will be published in an upcoming issue of Standards Action. 

The development of the ANSI Z97.1 standard was often hotly debated, centering around whether the standard’s Class C exemption for wired glass should be removed. Under the exemption, wired glass could be classified as a safety glazing material.

The standard was last revised in 1984, re-approved in 1994 and has since been under committee review in an effort to update the document. The ANSI Z97.1 accredited standards committee on safety requirements for architectural glazing materials last met March 3, 2003, to discuss the voting results. While the proposal to eliminate the Class C exemption was heavily supported, it failed to earn the 2/3-majority vote necessary to pass. The ballot was appealed, but unanimously denied July 10, 2003, by an ANSI appeals panel.

Depending on the code adopted by a given jurisdiction, wired glass can still be used in certain applications.


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