Volume 49, Issue 2 - February 2014


Sharda Glass Inc. of New Jersey Says it’s Unaffected by UK Sale
Amid reports that the United Kingdom (UK)-based Sharda Glass Ltd. recently was sold to CCPE Architectural Glass Ltd., officials at Sharda Glass Inc. in Glassboro, N.J., say they remain unaffected by the sale.

“Sharda Glass Inc., based in Glassboro N.J., is still operating as normal without any effect from the British company, with projects already completed and major projects in the process of production,” says Tony De Witt, managing partner of Sharda Glass Inc.

He adds, “With the existing and completed projects undertaken by Sharda Glass Inc., our full range of services originally provided in the UK can now be sourced in the U.S. with our long-term future established at our plant in Glassboro.”

The company’s U.S. operation is now a DuPont-certified laminator. According to De Witt, the certification was approved for a Philadelphia City Authority project where they will provide 90 No. panels for an all glass structure comprised of laminated glass panels 7- by 10-mm thick. The project will be constructed with Pilkington Optiwhite, DuPont Sentryplus interlayers and the panels will be 18-feet, 11 inches by 4-feet, 11-inches. Each panel will weigh 3,337 pounds upon completion. In addition, the panels have a stepped edge to interlock between the vertical walls and roof panels.

Thomson Reuters Honors AGC for Global Innovation
Thomson Reuters named AGC a 2013 Top 100 Global Innovator. This program identifies and honors corporations and institutions that are at the heart of innovation as measured by a series of proprietary patent-related metrics: overall patent volume, patent grant success rate, global reach of the portfolio and patent influence as evidence by citations, according to the announcement.

Dwyer Group Gains New Glass Doctor Franchisees
The Dwyer Group, which owns the Glass Doctor franchise brand, completed 11 new Glass Doctor franchise agreements late last year. Glass Doctor was also ranked 281 on the Next 300 list of global franchises determined by world-wide sales by Franchise Times®.

Sage Awarded 300th Patent for Electrochromic Dynamic Glass
Faribault, Minn.-based Sage Electrochromics was recently granted its 300th patent for its SageGlass® dynamic glazing technology. In its latest round of patent filings, the company had 18 new patents issued in the United States and Europe. The patents cover a range of product and process technologies for manufacturing dynamic glass.

Sage’s 300th milestone patent covers “lamination of an electrochromic device.” It was granted in Europe and will be applied in eight European countries.

“It’s fitting that we hit the 300 patent mark with a breakthrough next-generation electrochromic device patent,” says Dr. Alan McLenaghan, CEO. “The market is reaching a tipping point as we improve our ability to manufacture significant volumes of large architectural-size glass at an affordable cost for the mass market.”

Curbell Plastics Cited for Environmental Excellence
Orchard Park, N.Y.-based Curbell Plastics Inc. received an Environmental Excellence Award by the International Association of Plastics Distribution (IAPD). The company was cited in the “Most Improved” category for its continued dedication to environmentally responsible practices.

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Cristacurva is now an Onyx Solar distributor in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana … Aldora Aluminum and Glass Products as well as Tristar Glass have agreed to fabricate and distribute the RavenWindow technology from Denver-based RavenBrick. Aldora will serve the Southeastern U.S., while Tristar will offer the technology to the Southwestern market … Research Frontiers Inc. has licensed Brazilian architectural glass fabricator Mecanica de Vidros Industria E Comercio Ltda. to offer SPD-Smart architectural products such as SPD-Smart doors, windows, partitions and skylights in Brazil.

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