Volume 40,   Issue 7                                  July 2005


Fenzi North America Opens New Manufacturing Facility
Fenzi North America (FNA) has designed and built a new polysulphide sealant manufacturing facility in Toronto to serve its North American insulating glass (IG) customers. 

The Toronto facility is also a distribution center for aluminum, stainless steel and warm edge spacer products servicing all of North America.

“The time was right to show our commitment to the North American IG and window markets by investing in a state of the art manufacturing facility that can serve North American needs with North American raw materials,” said FNA company president, David Underhill.

FNA is a subsidiary of Fenzi S.p.a. of Italy, a polysulphide, mirror backing paint and ceramic frit manufacturer. 

Five Oldcastle Glass Locations Participate in PPG Laminator Program
Oldcastle Glass® has announced that five of its 13 laminating locations are now certified under PPG’s new Certified Laminator Program, significantly expanding its ability to meet the needs of the architectural glass market. The five locations certified are: Los Angeles; Montreal; Perrysburg, Ohio; Wausau, Wis.; and Lithia Springs, Ga.

“Our participation in the program will enable Oldcastle Glass to provide high-performance glazing solutions to the industry, particularly in specialty applications,” said John Bush, director of laminated products for Oldcastle Glass. “We’ll have a particular focus on areas with high light transmission in the skylight, hurricane, seismic, blast-mitigation and fall-out protection segments. Because of our extensive coverage in North America, we’ll be able to provide quick fabrication and delivery (typically within 3-4 weeks of order receipt), which is a huge benefit for contractors and architects on projects of any size.”

In order to obtain certification, Oldcastle Glass was required to pass rigorous audits covering every aspect of production and service capabilities. Bush said plans are already underway to certify additional laminating facilities. 

Vetrotech Saint-Gobain Takes Over All-Glass Door Product Marketing
Vetrotech Saint-Gobain has announced it has taken over the marketing responsibilities for its All-Glass Fire-Rated Door product. The doors were previously marketed and distributed by Grand View Glass & Metal.

According to the company, this fire-rated door product is the only such product available in North America, and was the first to be developed in the world. The door’s glass is supplied by Vetrotech Saint-Gobain and Grandview Glass & Metal supplies the hardware and also manages distribution. 

The door has a 20-minute fire rating and features Saint-Gobain’s Safe Glass. The company says the product conforms to ANSI Z97.1-1984 and CPSC 16 CFR 120 Category 2 and meets NFPA 80 specifications.

ADCO-Kömmerling Announces New Partnership
ADCO - Kömmerling has announced that effective June 1, 2005, Thermo Distribution of Montreal, Quebec (formerly GMB International) was to become its Canadian distributor for insulating glass (IG), window and door related IG sealants, acrylic muntin tapes, butyl glazing tapes - sealants, liquid laminating UV cure resins and TPS true warm edge spacers.

“Thermo Distribution is a rapidly growing full line distributor with a solid history of supplying the Canadian IG, window and door market east of the Rockies,” said David J. Cooper, Business Manager for ADCO – Kömmerling. “Now they are expanding further west to Vancouver, and establishing sales representatives and warehousing across Canada. Thermo Distribution is a good fit for the ADCO - Kömmerling product lines for new and existing Canadian customers.” 

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