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Volume 41,   Issue 1      January 2006

The Best of ’05
  The USGlass Magazine 2005 Product of the Year Winners

The year 2005 certainly saw its fair share of product innovations, from color and textures in glass to glass flooring, as well as a slew of machinery, equipment, tools and supplies to make the glass professional’s job easier. In this section USGlass takes a look back at the Products of the Year for 2005. The products were selected by our editors with key input from readers as being innovative and exciting.

Colorful, Coated Glass

Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Joel Berman Glass Studios (JBGS) launched its Berman Glass coatings lines, made from a permanent bonding process that renders a high-quality appearance that is colorfast and durable. The line, which has been tested for structural adhesion, includes 26 standard, opaque colors, and is suitable for both commercial and residential applications.
In addition to the standard colors, the company says it can match any existing Pantone color. 

“Bright” Ideas

The ShowerBright by Alumax line of glass coating products are designed to help remove tough, etched-in, hard-water stains and mineral deposits from shower doors, windows, skylights, tile, porcelain, chrome, stainless steel fixtures and non-painted surfaces. The company says the products also restrict soap scum build-up. 

Three versions of the program are available: one for consumers, one for professional restoration and a factory-applied version that comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

Walking on Glass

Paragon Architectural Products LLC of Scottsdale, Ariz., offers transparent and slip-resistant Terraglaz glass flooring.

According to the company, Terraglaz was developed for glass flooring, even in wet areas, and unlike similar products that have fritted or textured surfaces for resistance, Terraglaz is completely transparent. 

Get a Lift

The Tow-Pro™ trailer-mounted boom lift is now available from JLG Industries of McConnellsburg, Pa. The lifts feature large working envelopes and towing speeds up to 65 miles per hour and also have self-leveling hydraulic outriggers, a removable platform control box with simplified one-handed proportional controls and a unique boom design, according to the company





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