PPG Resumes Production in Fresno;  
Meanwhile Pilkington Starts Repairs  
PG’s Fresno, Calif., glass plant,  
which suspended operations in  
January for a furnace reline and  
refurbishment, resumed production  
April 1. Then in mid-May, Pilkington  
NSG announced it will invest an esti-  
mated $40 million this summer to re-  
pair one of its two float glass lines at its  
Rossford, Ohio, facility.  
is back online. The plant, which makes  
clear and Starphire ultra-clear glasses in  
beenidlesinceearlyJanuaryforscheduled Ohio, facility.  
.5- to 12-millimeter thicknesses, had NSG Pilkington will spend $40 million to repair a float line at its Rossford,  
maintenance after more than 15 years of  
continuous manufacturing. Ray Yee, primarily benefit customers in the west-  
Fresnoplantmanager,saystheprojectwill ern U.S.and western Canada.  
The plant typically produces 650 tons  
of glass per day using proprietary oxy-  
gen-fuel technology, according to PPG.  
“This process combusts glass raw ma-  
terials, such as sand and silica,using oxy-  
gen instead of air, reducing natural gas  
consumption by 15 percent,carbon emis-  
sions by 10 percent and nitrogen-oxide  
emissions by more than 50 percent com-  
pared to traditional air-fired glass fur-  
naces,” a release from the company reads.  
Yee says glass plants typically com-  
plete furnace reline projects every ten  
to 15 years to replace worn refractory  
brick. He added that the Fresno project  
also covered plant-wide maintenance,  
including upgrades to the mechanical  
and electrical systems.  
NSG Pilkington’s Rossford, Ohio, fa-  
cility, produces float glass, some of  
which supplies Pilkington’s original  
equipment manufacturing and after-  
market fabrication of automotive glass.  
“The line is for both OE and aftermar-  
ket, with a small amount going to archi-  
The furnace to be taken offline was  
first lit in 1998,according to Pilkington.  
Repairs are set to begin in June and  
last through September.  
EFCO Completes Addition  
FCO Corp., a Pella Company, recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for  
an expansion at its Monett, Mo., facility. The company added 22,000  
square feet of space to  
house two new Hegla auto-  
mated glass-cutting lines.  
To continue to grow and re-  
spond to the strength of the  
commercial marketplace, we  
needed more automation,”  
says Cameron McGinley, pres-  
ident. “With the addition of  
more than 100 team mem-  
bers and our new vice presi- Kobus Du Plessis (left), senior engineering  
dent of sales, Doug Zacharias, manager, and Doug Dieleman, vice president  
the future is looking bright for of operations, took part in a ribbon-cutting  
both EFCO and Pella.”  
ceremony for EFCO’s recent expansion at its  
Construction on the expan- Monett, Mo., facility.  
sion began last fall. The addi-  
tion was a multi-million-dollar investment by the company, which says it is  
experiencing record levels of bookings and projects to fulfill.  
Paragon Architecture and Branco Construction, both of Springfield, Mo., were  
the architect and contractor, respectively.  
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New Owners at  
will continue to provide opportuni- ‘family’ business with several sets of  
ties for all of our employees and im- brothers, cousins and father-son  
teams,” the release reads. Turner’s  
Michigan’s Vos Glass  
Michigan-based contract glazier prove value for our customers.”  
Vos Glass announced it will transition  
Three longtime employees were also son, John, will join the team to lead  
its ownership from Linda Vos-Gra- named to new roles: Tim Audretsch, business development. He has grown  
ham to David Turner.Vos-Graham has vice president construction, Terry up in the construction industry and  
been the owner and president since Myers, vice president retail and Denise has worked in various sales and  
001 and has spent 33 years with the Volpe, controller.  
“Vos Glass will continue to be a past several years.  
business-development roles for the  
Turner had been with Kent Compa-  
nies for 25 years, where he retired as  
president. He has served on several  
boards and industry trade associa-  
tions, including the Associated  
Builders and Contractors of Western  
According to a release from the  
company,Vos-Graham will serve on its  
advisory board along with her hus-  
band, Ken Graham, who was Vos Glass’  
vice president. Brian Potter, president  
of Architectural Metals Inc. (AMI),  
will join Turner as a strategic  
owner/partner of Vos Glass and will  
serve as a board director.  
briefly ...  
Boon Edam expanding its techni-  
cal training program in 2016 to offer prod-  
uct certification courses at four locations  
around the U.S. The “roadshow trainings”  
are in addition to factory sessions held at  
its subsidiary headquarters in North Car-  
olina. The trainings sessions began March  
14 in San Jose, Calif., and continue  
throughout the year in Chicago, Houston  
and Atlanta… ASSA ABLOY announced  
that the RM4700B AccenTek pull by Rock- Solar Innovations Inc. was awarded  
wood and the matching Muséo 135 Josef a patent for its hybrid marine and  
Collection lever by Corbin Russwin won stop glazing system.  
2015 Good Design Awards from the  
This is the next step working to-  
gether on the exterior shell or envelope  
of buildings,” says Potter.“We want to  
further align our businesses to better  
serve architects, owners, construction  
managers and general contractors  
through a comprehensive effort that is  
unmatched in our industry.”  
Vos Glass and AMI have collaborated  
on many projects in the past and have  
jointly secured several jobs for 2016  
and 2017.  
Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architec-  
ture and Design and the European Centre  
for Architecture Art, Design and Urban  
Studies…Solar Innovations Inc. was  
awarded a patent for its hybrid marine and  
stop glazing system. The product com-  
bines vertical marine glazing with hori-  
zontal stop glazing to create a narrower  
vertical frame than conventional stop- Tempco supplied its first major  
glazed doors…Tempco Glass Fabrication insulating glass project in New Jersey.  
recently supplied its first major insulating  
“My focus has been, and continues  
to be, on building an enduring or-  
ganization,” said Vos-Graham. “One  
that continues the level of craftsman-  
ship, integrity, innovation and pride  
that my parents started in 1982 when  
they founded Vos Glass. The new, am-  
bitious and talented leadership team  
glass project, the 207,000-square-foot Building 78, a large-scale historic warehouse  
adaptive-reuse renovation in New Jersey. Tempco fabricated 16,500 square feet of  
insulating glass units for the four-story building …ColorCoat Inc. announced Indus-  
trial Sales Corp. (ISC) is its new sales representative. ColorCoat is an independent  
painter of vinyl and fiberglass lineal profiles, as well as assembled doors and win-  
dows. ISC will represent ColorCoat in the Northeast, Southeast and Midwestern  
United States. s  
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