Industry Companies Celebrate  
Milestone Anniversaries  
eventy, 80, even more than 100  
years: 2016 is a big anniver-  
sary year for a number of glass  
industry companies. In fact, one has  
reached 175 years in business.  
Based in Wheeling,W.Va.,WA Wilson  
celebrated its 175th anniversary at its  
plant in Wheeling,W.Va., on July 1. The  
company is currently led by Robert H.  
Hartong II, who took over the business  
from his father in 2002. The Hartong  
family took ownership interest in 1974.  
“My father oversaw a lot of changes  
with the business,” says Robert Har-  
tong. “He actually started with the  
company in 1968 before buying into  
it a few years later. He made so many  
moves that set us on the steady path Standard Bent Glass co-owners, Kent Hartley (left) and his father, Mike Hartley  
and was not afraid to try new products (right), look forward to new opportunities for the company.  
and services.”  
Some of those changes included the panded WA Wilson’s glass offerings.  
and potential really was in the flat glass  
purchase of Wheeling Glass,which pro- “We were in other aspects of glass, business, so we made the commitment  
pelled WA Wilson headlong into the flat such as auto glass, and we also had a to be a leader in that area,”Hartong says.  
glass industry, and the acquisition of pretty healthy paint division,too.But as  
Star*Lite Insulating Glass, which ex- time went on, we saw that our growth  
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J.E. Berkowitz Honors  
he recent AmBeriacanrnInsetitusteFoundation ProjecttecTts efroammaround the country, in the  
campus, a LEED Platinum-certified  
of Architects (AIA) National educational institution.  
Convention in Philadelphia Designed by Tod Williams Bil- building and appreciate Albert and  
provided an ideal opportunity to rec- lie Tsien Architects | Partners and Laura Barnes’ vast art collection,”  
ognize the collaborative efforts of opened in May 2012, the building fea- said Arthur Berkowitz, president of  
those involved with designing and tures a glass-and-limestone façade JEB. “Through Billie and Tod’s time-  
constructing one of the city’s unique, and houses more than 3,000 paint- less, but modern design, as well as  
same place to celebrate this special  
glassy buildings. J.E. Berkowitz LP ings and other artwork.  
the collaboration between Duratherm  
JEB) hosted a private event at The “With the AIA Convention being Window Corp., Kuraray, L.F. Driscoll  
Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia in held in Philadelphia, it provided an Company, National Glass & Metal  
May. The event honored the design excellent opportunity to have the Company, PPG and J.E. Berkowitz,  
and construction teams’ collabora- design and construction teams, as we can all take great pride in this  
tive work on The Barnes Foundation well as more than 100 leading archi- building.”  
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This year also marks a big anniver- Dow Corning Reducing  
sary for East Butler, Pa.-based Stan- Workforce; Still Expects  
dard Bent Glass Corp. (SBG), which is Growth in Silicones  
“is fully aligned to Dow’s technology  
portfolio” and the two will work to-  
gether on “high-growth and attractive  
As part of its restructuring under end-use applications, especially in  
celebrating its 80th year in the archi-  
tectural glass industry. The company Dow Chemical, Dow Corning is in industries such as building and con-  
was established in 1936 and has expe- the midst of a 4-percent cut to its struction.”  
rienced significant growth in the last workforce. This includes a facility  
“As we work to integrate our two com-  
5 years, including an 180,000-square- that produces silicone materials for panies, we will focus on delivering even  
greater value and a wider breadth of  
foot expansion of its manufacturing construction.  
The company previously announced solutions, improved regional and global  
SBG has expanded its offerings to a series of measures which it projects service, and more innovation,” he says.  
include a full line of flat laminated will result in the reduction of approxi- “… We’re working closely with our cus-  
glass products, as well as digitally mately 2,500 positions globally.  
tomers and distributors to make this in-  
Dow will shut down silicones manu- tegration as seamless as possible.”  
facturing facilities in Greensboro, N.C., Dow Corning currently has a plant in  
In a business climate of mergers and Yamakita, Japan, as well as some Elizabethtown, Ky., that “manufac-  
printed interlayers and direct-to-glass  
digital printing.  
and acquisitions, Standard Bent con- other administrative, corporate and tures more than 1,000 silicon-based  
tinues its growth and expansion as a manufacturing facilities. According to products in the form of sealants and  
privately held company, owned by Mi- Dow Corning’s website,the Greensboro coatings for the construction industry  
chael and Kent Hartley,”reads a release site is a “key location for the produc- where they help to protect homes and  
from the company.  
tion of silicone materials for the con- skyscrapers from the damaging effects  
of weather.”  
“Quality products and excellent cus- struction industry.”  
tomer service has been the formula for  
Company spokesman Jarrod Erpeld-  
Dow Chemical expects to capture $400  
our success through all the peaks and ing told the Triad Business Journal this million in cost synergies as a result of the  
valleys of the glass industry in the last location employs approximately 130 restructuring—an increase from its pre-  
0 years,” says Kent Hartley, co-owner people,and that Dow will move produc- viously stated $300 million target—and  
and COO.“In particular, with the chal- tion from its Greensboro plant to other $100 million in growth synergies.  
lenges of today’s economic climate, locations in North America over the “We are moving quickly and effec-  
we have benefited from continuous next two years. “Some employees will tively to integrate Dow Corning and  
improvement, new product develop- have an opportunity to work at other deliver the synergies that will drive  
ment, and diversification into other Dow or Dow Corning sites while others new levels of value creation for our  
glass-related markets. Today SBG has will be eligible for a severance package customers and generate even greater  
much more to offer than just curved and outplacement support,”he said.  
returns for our shareholders,” said  
glass. It’s also rewarding to know that Erpelding told USGlass magazine Dow CEO Andrew N. Liveris in a  
we have been able to realize growth that Dow Corning’s silicone expertise statement. n  
and expansion as one of the few re-  
maining privately held companies in  
the glass industry.”  
briefly ...  
Other companies celebrating this  
year include Los Angeles-based Gir-  
oux Glass, which has been in business  
for 70 years. The company started as  
a small family-owned business in  
downtown Los Angeles, and today has  
offices in four locations and is licensed  
to operate in four states.  
In addition, Phoenix-based Best  
Glass Inc. is celebrating its 25th an-  
niversary. The company provides  
commercial, residential and au-  
tomotive installation, repair and  
Assured Corp. is now representing Vetrotech Saint-Gobain in the Illinois  
and Northwest Indiana area … Diamon-Fusion International received the  
President’s “E” award for exports. The award recognizes companies that  
make a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. It was  
presented to the company by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker…  
Glaston Corp. closed a deal valued at more than $2.29 million with Horn  
Glass Industries AG, an international float glass plant, design and construc-  
tion company. The lines are set to be delivered during the last quarter of the  
year. The deal includes the RC350 tempering line and ProL laminating line  
… Industry veteran Sam Benowitz launched Benowitz International Glass  
Products, a Las Vegas-based glass and glazing products supplier. The com-  
pany will source and supply products from both foreign and domestic man-  
ufacturers and is already working on projects across the United States and  
Canada, as well as globally. n  
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