Southern Aluminum Finishing Receives
5,000 Grant to Grow Exports
outhernAluminum Finishing Co.
SAF) was named a semi-finalist pany in the world that can custom-an- future awards will help us expand our
in theAtlanta Metro Export Chal- odize extrusions in 24 hours to meet international efforts.”
Semi-finalists must share their export
“We don’t know of any other com- Dubai, this grant and the prospect of
lenge and received a $5,000 grant. The the time constraints of the commercial
grant competition powered by Chase, glass industry,” says Penn McClatchey, success during the first half of 2016 and
supports small and medium-sized busi- SAF co-CEO.“With projects in Canada, future plans for export development for
nesses looking to begin exporting or to the Caribbean, Mexico and currently a chance to win additional prize money.
increase their export programs.
SAF was one of 35 winners. The com- SaSianintt--GGoobbaianiwnilltionveInstcarpeparosxiemaFtlealyt$G14la6.s5smPillrioondouvecrttihoenneixnt tIwnodyieaars
petition is a key component of theAtlanta
Metro Export Plan, an initiative to stim-
ulate economic growth in the region and
create jobs through exports. The grants
competition aims to encourage area
companies to export and drive business
growth by increasing international sales
of local products and services.
to develop production capacity at its glass facility near Chennai, India.
A third flat glass production facility—the group’s fifth float in India—and a sec-
ond coater for the construction market will be built on this site.
“This initiative bolsters Saint-Gobain’s position in flat glass as leader of the
fast-growing Indian market, and is in line with the group’s strategy to increase
the share of its industrial assets located outside Western Europe,” states a re-
lease from the company.
The percentage of all firms
expecting more than
Turning Colors: Where the
Global Green Market is Heading
of their projects to be
green-certified nearly doubles.
eveloping markets will speed
From 2015 to 2018
up green building worldwide,
according to a new report.
More than 1,000 building profes-
sionals across the globe participated
in Dodge Data & Analytics’ World
Green Building Trends 2016 study.
Respondents gave insight into their
current green activity, future expec-
tations and drivers.
The number of respon-
dents in Asia and South
Africa expecting more than
0% of their projects to be
green nearly triples from
015 to 2018.
The Middle East/North
Africa and Sub-Saharan
Africa expect it to more
According to the survey, client de-
mand and environmental regulations
are the top two triggers of green
building. Market demand has be-
come slightly less of a trigger, as has
the “right thing to do” category.
70% of U.S.
cost as one of their
top three green
Source: Dodge Data & Analytics’ World
Green Building Trends 2016 study
Dodge produced the study with
United Technologies, in association
with Saint-Gobain and the U.S. Green
Building Council. Out of 69 partici-
pating countries, the study produced
significant data analysis from 13. s
Commercial construction remains the largest sector for anticipated
green activity, followed by institutional. Retrofits have also increased.
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