Volume 47, Issue 3 - March 2012


AGC Optimistic; Plans to Restart Idled Float Line in Tennessee

AGC Glass Company North America is planning to restart its idled G1 float glass line located at its Greenland manufacturing plant in Hawkins County, Tenn., toward the end of the year. The line has been shut down since 2008.

Company officials say that “market conditions have become favorable enough to restart the line.” AGC plans to hire approximately 100 employees when the line is reactivated.

“We are pleased to announce our plans to restart the G1 float line in Tennessee,” says Mark Ishiko, president and CEO of AGC Glass Company North America. “This float line will be an important boost for our company as we seek to grow our glass business in North America. G1 will manufacture float glass to serve both the architectural and automotive markets. We plan to service the growing demands of the North American automotive business, and grow our architectural business with higher quality clear and tinted float glass.”

He adds, “We believe that there is an expanding market for automotive and architectural as well as new uses of glass,” says Ishiko. “AGC needs to be in the best position to take advantage of that growth. The G1 restart will allow us to be ready as markets move upward.”

According to the announcement, AGC hopes to offer the new positions on the G1 line to the employees who were laid off as a result of the shutdown of the K1 furnace in Kingsport. In addition to re-opening the float line, AGC officials say they plan to install new environmental control equipment.

Construction is expected to begin this summer.

JE Berkowitz Expands Capabilities
JE Berkowitz LP (JEB) in Pedricktown, N.J., is adding two new manufacturing equipment lines, both to be installed in the second quarter of 2012. The Enviroscreen™ silk-screened glass line increases capacity size to 84 by 168 inches. The equipment, including a drying oven, will increase the capacity, size and technical capabilities of the line.

In addition, the fabricator will add an upgraded automated continuous spacer bending line and desiccant filling machine in the manufacture of its Winduo™ insulating glass units. The equipment will provide continuous bent corner spacer frames for both aluminum and stainless steel while offering an additional warm edge spacer option.

Dlubak Launches New Powder Coating Company
Dlubak Corp., a Blairsville, Pa.-based glass fabricator, has launched Dlubak Powder Coating and Designs in Kittanning, Pa. The company utilizes a process that transfers designs and graphics, wood grains, marble and stone, and photographs to aluminum, steel and ceramic. Applications include storefronts, aluminum extrusions, curtainwall, facades, doors, windows, and automotive components, according to the company.

The new facility is equipped with large ovens, an automated production line, and 3D decorative equipment, and can handle both small, custom applications and large production runs.

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