Volume 40,   Issue 2                             February  2005


Lawsuit Filed Against 15 Companies for Wired Glass Injury in Illinois School

A lawsuit has been filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County (Illinois) seeking damages for injury sustained when a student fell through a gym door containing wired glass.

Morse Glass and Plastics Co. Inc. (as well as a number of primary glass manufacturers, their subsidiaries and others) is being sued by Lloyd Smith McGee, who was a student at East Aurora High School on March 7, 2001, when the incident allegedly occurred.

The suit, for personal injury (product liability) was filed November 19, 2004, and, according to sources, all parties have been served so the next step is for each to respond and then the discovery process begins.

All the international manufacturers of wired glass are being named in the suit because the plaintiff said the specific product used could not be identified.

When contacted, Ron Morse, owner of Morse Glass, said he was unaware of the suit. 
“It’s news to me and it doesn’t sound like good news. I knew there had been a suit against the school district. I had heard about that last November, but I was not named in that suit and this is the first I’ve heard of this.” He said that school district representatives had spoken with him about the suit filed against it.

USGlass was unable to find information about a lawsuit against the school district. However, in the court documents Morse Glass filings are by the same law firm representing Bradley & Bradley, the firm named in the suit.

Defendants in the lawsuit are:
Morse Glass and Plastics Co. Inc., Cordogan, Clark & Associates, Bradley & Bradley Architects & Engineers P.C., Pilkington Glass Ltd., Pilkington North America Inc., Asahi Glass Co. Ltd., Asahi Glass America Inc., Central Glass Co. Ltd., Nippon Sheet Glass Co. Ltd., Nippon Electric Glass America Inc., United Glass Corp., AFG Industries Inc., AFGD Inc., Oldcastle Glass Inc. and CRH plc. 

Oldcastle Launches New Commercial Projects Group
Oldcastle Glass is launching a new commercial projects group that will supply architectural glass products throughout North America. To facilitate this initiative the company is constructing a $7.5 million glass fabrication plant in Wright City, Mo. The 65,000-square-foot plant will be on 15 acres and employee more than 100 people,
“We chose Wright City because it is centrally located and provides a favorable economic platform to support large, architectural glazing projects,” said Ted Hathaway, chief executive officer. “It also enables us to draw upon the capabilities of our existing manufacturing locations.”

Chuck Kaplanek, who previously served as president of Floral Glass, now part of Oldcastle Glass, will lead the new commercial projects group. Other company executives will include Mary Carol Witry, vice president; Jeff Jensen, general manager; Doug Zacharias, director of business development; and Rick Wright, director of technical services. The team will be supported by the following senior architectural sales representatives: Ron Spellich, Cathy Finney, Leslie Sadler and John Krajewski, as well as technical service managers Robert Williams and Matt Manning.
www.oldcastleglass.com or 813/951-0000.

Arch Aluminum & Glass Merges with Arch Texas
Arch Aluminum & Glass, headquartered in Tamarac, Fla., has announced it now has an agreement in place that will merge Arch Aluminum of Texas into its operations. Though the names are similar, the Texas Arch, which was created and founded by Ray London, was not part of the Arch operations that originated in Florida. Under the pending agreement, the three Texas Arch locations—Dallas, Fort Worth and Grand Prairie—will become part of Arch Aluminum & Glass.

“I always felt that those operations would join us someday. I’m just surprised it took as long as it did,” said Leon Silverstein, Arch Aluminum & Glass president and chief executive officer. “That group is well run and obviously fits perfectly into our future plans.”

The new branches will join Arch Aluminum & Glass’ current Dallas operations. With that, the company will soon break ground on a new facility in the Dallas-Fort Worth area that will manufacture tempered, insulating, laminated, architectural aluminum and more.

Arch Aluminum of Texas’ current staff will not be affected.
www.archaluminum.net or call 800/432-8132. 

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