Volume 43, Issue 9 - September 2008

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APG Employees Among
Victims of Plane Crash


Marc Rosenberg, chief operating officer, and Alan Barnett, assistant project manager, of APG International in Glassboro, N.J., were among the eight victims of a fatal plane crash in Owatonna, Minn., on July 31. Rosenberg and Barnett were traveling with employees of Tishman Construction Corp. of New York and Revel Entertainment Group of Atlantic City, N.J., for a meeting with Viracon in Owatonna, Minn., to discuss work on the Revel Hotel & Casino project in Atlantic City.

The Raytheon plane, a part of the Hawker 800 series, was traveling from the Atlantic City International airport in New Jersey to the Owatonna Degner Regional Airport, where it crashed. The National Transportation and Safety Board is still investigating the cause of the accident. The plane originally departed from Allentown, Pa., and stopped in Atlantic City to pick up additional passengers. As news of the crash first emerged, there was question of the number of passengers actually onboard the plane at the time of the accident. According to Ed Zaucha, chief executive officer of APG, who spoke with USGlass, Marc’s brother Eric Rosenberg had at one point considered going on the trip but ultimately stayed behind.

Zaucha later issued a statement to the
press regarding the accident.

“First of all, let me say that losing Marc and Alan—who have been so important to this company and to me personally—is extremely difficult,” he said. “I speak for all of us when I say that we are in total shock. This has been a sad, sad day.”

He added, “Along with Marc’s and Alan’s families, we are doing our best to persevere in the face of this tragedy. They will be greatly, greatly missed.”

Rosenberg is survived by his wife, Patti, son Reed, daughter Zoe, mother Debra, sister Shelly DeLuca, brothers Eric and David, nephews, Michael DeLuca and Maxx and Zak Rosenberg, niece Marissa DeLuca, and cousins Steven, Gary, Ricky and David Sinderbrand and their families.

Barnett leaves behind his wife of 18 years, Nancy, his children, Shaina, age eight, Hayley, age seven, and Aiden, age five, parents Ellen and Arnold Barnett, sister Lara Ann Barnett, grandmother Frances D. Frankel and numerous relatives.

Floods Shut One Float Line
at PPG’s Texas Facility
Heavy rains in Wichita Falls, Texas, flooded the basement of PPG Industries float glass facility there and damaged critical process equipment, leading the company to halt production on both lines. Workers were able to restore glassmaking on one shortly after the damage was discovered, while the second line remains under repair.

On August 22 the company declared “force majeure” on architectural, residential and specialty glass products as a result of the down line. Force majeure is a common clause in contracts designed to free both parties from the fulfillment of a contract upon the occurrence of circumstances beyond the control of either party, such as an act of nature.

“We temporarily ceased operations at Wichita Falls,” says Mark J. Orcutt, vice president, performance glazings. “As a result, it is commercially impracticable for us to meet our customers’ demands at this time. PPG is working diligently to minimize any disruptions to our customers and to bring the facility back into operation as soon as possible.” ❙❙➤ www.ppg.com

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