Volume 40,   Issue 8                                  August  2005


Oldcastle Glass Group Buys Fulton Windows of Mississauga, Ontario
Fulton Windows, a 28-year old manufacturer of windows and curtainwall systems, has been purchased by Oldcastle Glass. Fulton, which is based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, does the majority of its business in the United States. 

CRH plc, the Dublin, Ireland, parent company of Oldcastle, said in a statement about company-wide investments that Fulton’s products “complement the Glass Group’s existing architectural glass, storefront and structural glass wall products …” and that “the acquisition of Fulton is another step toward achieving the Glass Group’s objective to become the leading provider of high-performance architectural glass and aluminum glazing systems.”

Sources at Fulton told USGlass that it was still business as usual, all management was still in place and the company’s focus remains on unitized curtainwall, high-performance windows and terrace doors. 

A call to Oldcastle Glass was not returned.

PPG Announces Certified Fab Program for Coatings
PPG Industries of Pittsburgh has announced the creation of its Certified Applicator Program (CAP). Through the program a select group of coating applicators are certified to meet the company’s quality control standards for applying its line of high-performance coatings to extruded metal architectural products.

“Over the past few years, color and quality requirements for architectural coatings have tightened, as have the demands for timely product deliveries,” said Henry Lowman, CAP director. The company says it developed the program to address and resolve such issues.

According to PPG, the CAP was modeled after its Certified Fabricator Program, which requires members to participate in a rigorous auditing program, encompassing all aspects of the coating process, including initial mixing, matching and formulation of coatings to the actual application to the metal.

In addition, the audit specifies procedures for cleaning and pre-treating metal substrates, paint application parameters and cure schedules, as well as how finished products should be handled, packed and shipped.

Continuing education and training are also part of the CAP.

GICC Announces Arch Aluminum as Newest Member
The Glazing Industry Code Committee (GICC) has announced that Tamarac, Fla.-based Arch Aluminum & Glass is its newest full member.

“We are pleased to have Arch join GICC,” said Linda Brink, GICC account executive. “As we work to ensure the model building codes provide for the safe and beneficial use of glass in architecture, Arch provides another important voice for the industry.”

“Arch knows that each day the codes are affecting our industry, we feel it is very important to be involved as much as possible,” added Cliff Monroe, senior technical manager with Arch.

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