Volume 40,   Issue 7                                  July 2005


AEC Reports 2004 End-Use Figures

The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) has published the results of its 2004 survey of extrusion shipments. AEC and the Aluminum Association have been collaborating and reporting annual end-use figures jointly since the 1999 survey. Members of both associations report their shipments to an independent market research firm.

The council’s annual End Use Shipments Survey provides participants’ data on 2004 shipments, as well as participants’ data since 1998. The survey computes and summarizes the changes within each specific market segment. Market segments consist of building and construction, transportation, consumer durable goods, electric, machinery and equipment, distributors and jobbers, exports and other. The 2004 survey compiled data from 60 survey participants who had combined shipments of 3.74 billion pounds, representing an increase 6.5 percent or 229 million pounds compared to 2003. Shipments in the market segment for 2004 increased by nearly 5.5 million pounds compared to 2003 and primary doors and windows continue to represent nearly 36 percent of the market segment’s total shipments. Shipments to the secondary windows and doors market increased by nearly 34 million pounds as compared to 2003 and storefronts and entrances increased in 2004 as well. 

AGC Chief Lauds Record Month for Construction
The month of March marked the 14th straight record month for the construction industry, according to a recent report issued by the Census Bureau. 

“It’s encouraging to see that construction continued expanding in March, as the value of construction put in place hit a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.05 trillion,” said Ken Simonson, chief economist for Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). “For the first quarter of 2005 as a whole, construction exceeded the first-quarter 2004 total by 9 percent. Furthermore, the gains were widespread. Private residential construction was up 13 percent over the year-ago quarter, private non-residential was up 7 percent and public construction was 3 percent higher. I expect these results to continue for several more months, with both private and public non-residential construction likely to strengthen further, offsetting a likely slackening of residential construction later in the year.”

Simonson indicated that he also expects public construction to increase later this year. “If Congress completes work on an overdue highway bill. I anticipate continued strength in private non-residential construction as well, but residential construction will probably fade later in the year as interest rates gradually move up.”

Harmon Inc. Named DORMA’s Automatic Door Partner
Harmon Inc., headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minn., has been named an automatic door partner for DORMA Group North America. As a DORMA partner Harmon is authorized to sell, install, service, maintain and replace DORMA automatic door products in Denver, Detroit, Minneapolis and South Bend, Ind.

“Doors and entrances are the most ignored maintenance area on a commercial building,” said John Bendt, Harmon’s vice president of glass services. “Entrances are the first things you see when you go into a building and if a door isn’t working well, it immediately starts you out with a bad impression of the overall property. A professional glazing contractor can be an extension of the building’s maintenance team, a resource helping manage and maintain the building’s exterior.”

Also at Harmon, the company has announced that it has moved its corporate headquarters to Eden Prairie, Minn., from Golden Valley, Minn.

“The move was needed to accommodate better workflow and future growth,” said Chuck Mowrey, president. “We already are benefiting from the proximity and amenities of our new space. We’re closer to the airport, which means it’s easier for us to get to our 13 out-of-state locations and easier for our staff to come here from across the country for professional development, major projects planning or other meetings. The Eden Prairie location also puts us nearby the Bloomington offices of our parent company, Apogee Industries.”

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