Volume 41, Issue 8 - August 2006


New Glass Fabrication Facility to Open in Northern California 

Glassfab Tempering Services Inc. has opened a full-service tempering and fabrication facility in Tracy, Calif., which will service the Northern California and Western Nevada marketplace. 

The facility was expected to begin production in mid-July. According to the company, the facility is equipped with new equipment, including a tempering furnace that is capable of tempering new high-performance low-E products.

Oldcastle Glass® Acquires Florida Laminated & Tempered Glass Co.
Oldcastle Glass has acquired Miami-based Florida Laminated & Tempered Glass, a provider of laminated and tempered glass products in the Southern Florida regional construction market. 

Florida Laminated & Tempered Glass occupies 75,000 square feet of manufacturing space that will become a satellite operation of Oldcastle Glass Miami, located less than two miles away. 

“Driven by the implementation of building codes, hurricane-resistant glass is the fastest growing segment of the architectural glass market,” said Ted Hathaway, chief executive officer of Oldcastle Glass. “This acquisition significantly increases our laminated glass and tempering capacity in Southern Florida and provides a strong manufacturing base for our signature hurricane-resistant product, StormGlass™.” 

Andersen Corp. to Acquire Silver Line Building Products 
Andersen Corp. of Bayport, Minn., has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Silver Line Building Products Corp., a manufacturer of vinyl windows and patio doors in North America. Founded in 1947, Silver Line is a privately-owned company based in New Jersey, with additional facilities in Massachusetts, North Carolina, Georgia, Ohio, Texas and Illinois. 

“We are very excited about this opportunity to expand our business into new market segments, especially via the leading vinyl window manufacturer,” said Jim Humphrey, president and chief executive officer (CEO) at Andersen Corp. “Vinyl windows serve a segment of the market that is growing rapidly. Adding this product line to the enterprise’s portfolio will enable an Andersen company to provide doors and windows for virtually any new construction or home improvement project in any area of the country.”

“This agreement marks an exciting milestone in the evolution of Silver Line. The resources that will be available to us as part of the Andersen enterprise will position us to meet our growth targets for the future,” said Kenneth Silverman, chairperson and CEO of Silver Line. “After running a family-owned business for 59 years, we are proud to join another organization with a similar culture and rich history of success and caring.”

Andersen says it plans to operate this business as a standalone subsidiary, with Ken Silverman leading his current management team.

Truth Hardware Debuts New Logo, Communication Campaign
Truth Hardware has unveiled its new logo, which the company says isn’t just a visual update with a catchy tagline, but an important component to its integrated strategic communications program. The goal, the company says, is to let the window, door and skylight market know that there’s a new Truth Hardware—one that has significantly changed the way it does business. 

Vos Glass Receives Gold Level Achievement Safety Award
The National Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. safety committee has awarded Vos Glass Inc. of Grand Rapids, Mich., with a safety training and evaluation process Gold Level Achievement Award.

The Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) program’s purpose is to analyze and further develop members safety programs, to provide a valid method of measuring safety program improvements and to provide a company with recognition for its commitment to produce a safe place to work.

Arch Announces New AIA-Approved Continuing Education Course

Arch Aluminum and Glass Co. has introduced a new architectural continuing education course called Designing for Hurricane Protection. The course will focus on designing and specifying impact-resistant glazing systems to maximize hurricane protection. Architects attending the presentation will earn a one-hour continuing education credit in the American Institute of Architect’s (AIA) health, safety and welfare category.

The course is designed to help architects and glazing contractors specify the right product, in the right size and feel confident that the product selected will meet the local and statewide building codes.

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