Industry Companies Give  
Students Hands-On Experience  
wo companies have gone the  
extra mile in educating students  
about glazing industry products.  
Both Vetrotech Saint-Gobain and CRL-  
U.S. Aluminum have been working  
with schools to help students learn  
more about various industry products.  
Kenneth Isman is a professor at the  
University of Maryland’s (UMD) en-  
gineering school. The institution has  
the only accredited Bachelor of Science  
program in fire protection engineer-  
ing in the U.S. and periodically hosts  
a three-credit course for high school  
students highlighting the basics of fire  
protection engineering as a profession.  
During the class, the students build a  
model two-room home the size of a  
large dollhouse containing combus-  
CRL-U.S. Aluminum vice president of marketing Andrew Haring (second from tibles and design a fire detection and  
right) talks to University of Florida Architecture students about the company’s suppression system for the house. To-  
design and fabrication efficiencies.  
ward the end of the class, they set the  
AGNORA Wins Organizational Award  
rchitectural Glass of North America (AGNORA) has been named one  
of Canada’s “10 Most Admired Cultures” by recruiting and talent  
management firm Waterstone Human Capital.  
The national program, now in its 12th year, scores companies based on:  
vision and leadership; recruitment and hiring for fit; cultural alignment and  
measurement; retention; rewards and recognition; organizational perfor-  
mance; and corporate social responsibility.  
We are honored to receive this recognition and to be among such a fan-  
tastic group of companies,” says Richard Wilson, president and founder of  
AGNORA. “We treat all of our partners and team members as we treat our  
customers, with the goal of exceeding their expectations in every interaction.  
If our employees are happy at their jobs, they will be more motivated and  
passionate about their work and they will be happier and more harmonious  
in their personal lives.”  
Waterstone Human Capital named  
Program winners will be celebrated at the annual Canada’s Most Ad-  
AGNORA one of Canada’s “most admired mired Summit and Gala, taking place March 2, 2017, at the Fairmont  
cultures.” Royal York in Toronto.  
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Functional Fenestration Launches  
Automated Fenestration  
homes on fire to see how their system  
performs—with the goal of having  
them burn as little as possible.  
The project has been a success in  
past classes, but with one small issue.  
unctional Fenestration Inc. (FFI) has officially started a new business  
called Automated Fenestration Inc. (AFI), which has product lines for com-  
We’ve been doing this for a little  
mercial, residential and institutional projects.  
“For the past 29 years, we have grown alongside the fenestration industry  
and have been fortunate enough to identify and service key markets,” says  
Jim Roberts, president of Functional Fenestration. “Our automation solutions  
for the fenestration industry have become a substantial component to our  
success and deserve dedicated resources through Automated Fenestration  
Inc. to continue its exceptional growth.”  
“We believe that our clients will benefit greatly due to our continued efforts  
on providing products, solutions and support on all automation projects. AFI will  
continue to build upon FFI’s legacy as the industry’s leader in providing auto-  
mated fenestration and control solutions,” said Walter Rodriguez, AFI director  
of business development.  
while now, and we’ve found that it’s  
very hard to see what’s going on inside  
the model home,” says Isman. “Then  
it dawned on me — we should see  
if someone would donate some fire-  
rated glass, and we could make one of  
the walls clear. Then we could actually  
see inside to see what was going on as  
opposed to sitting back and guessing.”  
Isman connected with Kevin Nor-  
cross of Vetrotech Saint-Gobain, who  
arranged to have 20 lites of 24-by-9-inch  
glass lite samples sent in for the project.  
briefly ...  
Security Door Controls (SDC) added B&T Sales as a representative. B&T  
serves the commercial security, lock and hardware markets, and will represent  
SDC in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming PGT Innovations is  
the new brand name of what was formerly known as PGT Inc. The company  
comprises door and window manufacturers CGI, PGT Custom Windows & Doors  
and WinDoor … SageGlass of Faribault, Minn., was one of the winners of Saint-  
Gobain’s sustainability awards program, which recognizes company locations  
across North America … Ridgeway, Va.-based Virginia Glass Products (VGP)  
“It’s a really interesting project and  
one of the ways UMD is getting young  
people interested in fire protection en-  
gineering, so we were happy to do it,”  
says Norcross.  
Isman’s summer class used the fire-  
rated glass in the project for the first  
time, and it was a success. “It worked  
perfectly—the glass fit right in,” says  
Isman.“It was really helpful for us and  
for the students to see how the suppres-  
sion systems were working in real time.”  
CRL-U.S. Aluminum is another  
company working with schools. The  
company recently hosted University of  
Florida School of Architecture students  
and staff for a tour of its ISO 9001:2008  
certified manufacturing facilities.  
The tour highlighted the company’s  
fabrication and distribution efficien-  
reached its 60 year in business in 2016. Both Virginia Mirror and VGP were  
founded by Michael and Nicholas Schottland. They are the grandfather and  
great uncle, respectively, of Chris Beeler, current chairperson of the board …  
Miami-based T-Concepts Solutions, a designer and manufacturer of specialty  
architectural hardware for glass, recently celebrated its 15 anniversary ....  
Wheaton Sprague has moved to a larger nearby location in Stow, Ohio. The  
company’s new address is 1151 Campus Drive, Suite 100, Stow, OH 44224.  
Its phone, fax and corporate email remain the same… Kuraray America Inc.  
donated $10,000 to the Second Harvest Foodbank in Fayetteville, N.C., which  
serves seven counties in the area. In response to damage caused by Hurricane  
Matthew, the company also provided the foodbank with a refrigerated trailer to  
assist with food deliveries around the community.  
cies, and the 19 participating students discussed included manufacturing professor, said they were interested in  
were granted AIA CES Continuing Edu- best practices, trends in design and introducing students to a wide range of  
cation credits. CRL product and design function, thermal performance, water fabrication methods. “CRL-U.S. Alumi-  
specialists were on hand to provide management and code compliance.  
technical support and insight into cur- Bradley Walters, a University of Flor- expertise are well known, so they were  
rent application advancements. Topics ida School of Architecture associate the ideal venue to host our plant tour.” n  
num’s manufacturing capabilities and  
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