Volume 40,   Issue 6                                June  2005


Edgetech I.G. Receives Eastern Ohio Business Excellence Award
Edgetech IG, Inc, of Cambridge, Ohio, was one of the two business to receive the Eastern Ohio Development Alliance (EODA) Business Excellence Award during its 15th annual meeting that took place April 29. Ohio Gov. Bob Taft presented the awards.

Norm Blanchard of the Cambridge-Guernsey County Community Improvement Corporation nominated Edgetech for the award, which recognizes companies that improve the economy and quality of life in Eastern Ohio through employment, civic involvement and innovation.

Mike Hovan, president of Edgetech, thanked the EODA for the prestigious award. He said that with the continued support of agencies, such as the Cambridge-Guernsey County Com-munity Improvement Corporation and the EODA, [Edgetech] will continue to grow both as a quality supplier to the fenestration industry as well as a solid employer in the Eastern Ohio region.

Wagner Companies to Celebrate 50th Anniversary
The Wagner Companies, headquartered in Milwaukee, celebrates the 50th anniversary of R & B Wagner this year. Adolph A. Wagner founded R & B Wagner in 1955 in honor of his two children, Robert and Barbara. 

Working in his basement workshop, Wagner created approximately 40 products. Today the company’s product offerings have increased to more than 11,000 items.

The Wagner Companies have recently added glass railings, cable railings and spiral stairs to their product offerings, along with traditional and ornamental railing components. 

The Wagner Companies have been in business since 1850 as a manufacturer of handrail fittings and metal products for architectural and industrial applications. In addition to R & B Wagner, J.G. Braun Co. is part of the Wagner Companies.

Georgia Governor Recognizes Viracon
The Statesboro, Ga., operations of Viracon has been named the 2005 Manufacturer of the Year by Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue. The award was presented during a luncheon on April 19.

Three awards were presented—one each for small, medium and large facilities. More than 100 companies were nominated, and Viracon was selected as the top medium-sized facility, employing between 150 and 750 workers. Viracon was nominated by Ogeechee Technical College, Statesboro; Georgia Southern University; and the Statesboro-Bulloch County Chamber of Commerce.

The Statesboro plant, which employs 430 workers, opened in 1999. The $40 million plant produces thermally efficient and hurricane-resistant glass products from a 330,000-square foot facility. In Statesboro, the company produces 10 million square feet of high-performance architectural glass annually.

Crystal Celebrates 15th Anniversary
Crystal Window & Door Systems of Flushing, N.Y., celebrated its 15-year anniversary in May. Company president Thomas Chen, along with other partners, started the company in 1990 with ten employees. Today the company has sales of almost $50 million, employs 350 people and distributes its products in 33 states, with branch offices in six of those states.

“While I am proud that we have achieved this milestone,” said Chen, “I never forget that all this would never have been possible over these few short years were it not for the efforts of our loyal employees and customers.” 

Oldcastle Glass® Earns CDC Approval
Oldcastle Glass has announced that it has passed the necessary product testing and plant inspections to obtain approval from the California Department of Corrections (CDC).

The company’s ArmorProtect™ Plus and ArmorResist™ Plus have passed the CDC’s tests that include forced-entry and ballistics testing. The approval makes Oldcastle Glass an approved supplier of glass for all areas of a detention facility, including cell windows, doors, day rooms and even control rooms, which require the highest level of forced-entry and ballistic protection.

“This is exciting for us because passing the California Department of Corrections testing process is a testament to the quality of our security glazing products and manufacturing processes,” said Pam Moser, security product manager at Oldcastle Glass. “In addition, we have two locations in California—Los Angeles and Fremont —that offer improved order lead times to satisfy replacement glass demand.” 

GANA Insulating Division Establishes Mission Statement
sThe insulating division of the Glass Association of North America (GANA), chaired by Arthur Berkowitz of J.E. Berkowitz L.P., has established a mission statement and developed plans for programs that support the commercial architectural glazing industry.

The mission statement is:

“To provide a forum for the exchange of information regarding insulating glass with particular emphasis on commercial glazing.”

Since the division is focusing its efforts on the commercial architectural glass industry, it has no intention for substantive crossover with related insulating glass associations. GANA’s insulating division plans to work directly with other trade and technical associations within the industry to expand the resource base for architects, specifiers, glazing contractors and others in addressing pertinent issues to the commercial insulating glass industry.

The insulating division marketing committee also developed a scope statement and made plans for future activities. Activities discussed by the committee include the development of a PowerPoint presentation to be accredited by AIA, as well as working closely with the GANA BEC division on an insulating glass presentation for the 2006 BEC conference.

The insulating technical committee has also reviewed potential activities and began creating task groups to work on documents regarding insulating glass constructions, sightlines for commercial IG units and IG inspection criteria. The committee is planning to participate in GANA’s product labeling committee and will also work toward creating text for the GANA Specifier’s Guide to Architectural Glass on IG units. 


Viracon Launches New Website 
A new website from Viracon of Owatonna, Minn., is now online. The site offers information for architectural specifiers. and allows visitors to access more than 3,800 lines of performance data. Updates and additions will be done frequently.
The site also has side-by-side product comparison capability that allows for analysis of two or more selected Viracon products for performance and energy efficiency evaluation. www.viracon.com

TGP Redesigns Website
Technical Glass Products (TGP) of Kirkland, Wash., has unveiled a newly designed website that includes product features, testing information, CSI-format specifications, CAD drawings and warranty details. 

In addition, the SpeciFIRE™ product selection wizard can help in determining the most appropriate options for different applications. Industry links, resources, articles and a photo gallery can also be found on the site. www.fireglass.com

DORMA Announces Website Upgrades
DORMA Group North America has updated its website. The new website is designed in the format of DORMA’s parent company website, and it allows users to navigate by product category or by company divisions to gain access to data sheets, specifications, installation instructions and templates. www.dorma.com/usa

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