Volume 40,   Issue 3                             March  2005


PPG Industries Announces Launch of Certified Laminator Program

PPG Industries of Pittsburgh has introduced its Certified Laminator Program (PPG/ CLP), a nationwide network of glass fabricators certified to produce laminated glass products, including high-performance glasses such as its Solarban 60 solar control low-E glass.

According to the announcement, the certified laminator program is similar to the company’s certified fabricator program. The new program is designed to enhance the ability of glass laminators to meet the growing demand for transparent solar control products, while also providing architects, building owners and glazing contractors with quality, reliability and performance.

Glass fabricators interested in participating in the program must pass annual audits that cover all aspects of production and service capability. According to company information, there are also strict procedures, to which participants must adhere, including glass cutting and seaming, PVB interlayer preparation, laminate assembly and processing (heating, de-airing and autoclaving).

Three components make up the program: in the commercial program participants are certified to supply laminated Solarban 60 solar control low-E glass; in the residential program members provide a cost-effective, regional source of laminated glass for single- and multi-family structures; and in the specialty program participants cover all non-commercial and non-residential applications.

Companies in the program can laminate glass in any thickness, in a variety of tints and coatings, shapes and sizes, according to PPG’s announcement. 
www.ppgcfp.com or call 888/PPG-IDEA

Arch Aluminum to Open Full-Service Facility in Salt Lake City
Arch Aluminum & Glass Co. Inc. of Tamarac, Fla., will be opening a full-service glass and aluminum facility in Salt Lake City by the end of the first quarter of 2006.

The plant will be built initially to handle national OEM accounts that have committed to locate manufacturing facilities near Salt Lake City to serve the West Coast, a company news release indicated.

“We are fortunate to have customers who give us this opportunity to expand Arch’s geographical foot print with minimum risk,” said Leon Silverstein, president and chief executive officer of the company. “These are the type of relationships that are built up over years with good customers who challenge us to become a better company.”

The new facility will have a multi-bay convection tempering furnace and the ability to provide the full range of products that most Arch operations have, including insulating, laminated, mirror, decorative glass and architectural aluminum products, according to the news release.
www.archaluminum.net or call 800/432-8132.

GANA Releases Mirror Cleaning Informational Bulletin
The Glass Association of North America (GANA) has released its seventh and latest informational bulletin. Titled Proper Procedures for Cleaning Flat Glass Mirrors, the bulletin provides information on the care and cleaning of mirror, specific care for transparent/two-
way mirror products, proper construction site conditions, as well as additional resources to learn about mirror products.

“The members of our mirror division developed this bulletin in order to provide information to installers, building owners, general contractors, homeowners and maintenance personnel on proper ways to clean and protect mirrors,” said Greg Carney, GANA technical director.

“We encourage the use of procedures as a step toward long-term performance of mirror products.”

The bulletin can be downloaded for free at www.glasswebsite.com.


Insulite Glass Celebrates 15th Anniversary
Based in Olathe, Kan., Insulite Glass Co. is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. The company began operations in 1990 in 9,000 square feet and with three employees. It has today grown to more than 120,000 square feet, 150 employees and a second location in St. Louis.

The company also announced it has installed a Tamglass Super-Convection furnace, giving it two tempering lines. It is in the process of installing an 84- by 144-inch Casso-Solar laminated line with a Melco Steel autoclave. The installation’s completion is expected this month. Upon completion, the company says it will manufacture all architectural laminated glass products, including blast- and hurricane-resistant glass. Minnesota Investment Network Corp. has announced it has invested more than $800,000 in SAGE Electrochromics Inc., a manufacturer of electronically switchable glass … The laminated glazing interlayers division of Solutia Inc. has announced that this year its international design awards will incorporate both architectural and automotive designs. Entries, which demonstrate the use of Solutia’s glazing products, are now being accepted, and are due June 30, 2005.

According to an announcement from Granco Clark, Vistawall has chosen Granco Clark to supply the heating and handling equipment for its new 2,5000/2750-ton extrusion press line in Midway, Tenn. … Globe Amerada Architectural Glass has changed its name to Global Security Glazing … PPG Industrial Finishes Color Services, a division of Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries that automatically dispenses and color-matches for coil and aluminum extrusion customers, announced that it has reached a milestone with the creation of its 100,000th custom color match, labeled UC100000 Polycron® III Harp Beige … Based in Rivičre-du-Loup, Quebec, Prelco has announced it now has a new website, www.prelco.ca. Site features include a program called Thermaspec for calculating the energetic performance of insulating glass. The program allows visitors to compare the performances of different products. 

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