Volume 42, Issue 1 - January 2007


Viracon Receives Grant to Develop Minority Employee Workforce 
Viracon, of Owatonna, Minn., has received a $284,164 grant from the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Board, a program of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), to fund a special incumbent worker training program for its employees.

Using grant funds, Viracon will work with Riverland Community College to create an “Employer of Opportunity” training program aimed at developing its critical immigrant workforce. This minority workforce is currently working primarily in lower-labor grades at the company’s Owatonna, Minn., facilities, according to information from the company. 
Through a combination of assessment activities, broad support mechanisms, curriculum development, instructional delivery and skills instruction, the new program’s goal is to encourage and support these employees in the workplace. It is hoped that the program will ultimately give the employees the language, academic and technical skills necessary to elevate them into higher wage-earning positions with the company. Viracon plans to progress minority employees into advanced positions over the next three years.

DORMA Group Creates DES Division

DORMA Group North America, based in Reamstown, Pa., has announced the creation of the DORMA Entrance Systems (DES) division. The new DES unit will incorporate DORMA Automatics, Crane Revolving Door and Carolina Door Controls under a single management focus and will offer a broad assortment of commercial facility entrance capabilities and products in the areas of pedestrian flow, safety and security.

“These organizational changes reflect DORMA’s commitment to the North American market. They support our current expansion and prepare us for the longer term,” says Larry O’Toole, chief executive officer of DORMA Group North America. “The establishment of DORMA Entrance Systems underscores our mission to offer a simple, convenient and reliable way for specifying, ordering and maintaining revolving and automatic door systems.”

GANA Creates New Fire Glazing Committee

The Glass Association of North America (GANA) has created a new association-wide committee focused on fire glazing. The Fire Protective Glazing Committee has the following draft scope:
“To serve the fire protective glazing manufacturers, suppliers and users by promoting industry education and guidance for use of fire protective glazing products and to provide a forum for open discussion and consensus development of industry regulations.” 

“GANA established this committee to serve as the vehicle allowing manufacturers of fire protective glazing products to collaborate, discussing common interests and concerns specific to that segment of the industry,” said Stan Smith, GANA executive vice president. “This committee is paced to resolve many issues related to fire glazing, and quickly accomplish the goals they have set for themselves.”

“As fire-protective glazing technologies and building practices evolve, the glass industry must continue to work together to help enhance life and property safety,” said Jerry Razwick, interim chair of the committee. “The fire protective glazing committee provides a way for parties across the industry to discuss issues from product standards and regulations to research, educational training and development of technical resources.” 


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