October 23, 2007 | Vol 2, Num 43
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Commercial construction in 2008 will most likely:
Continue with strong growth
Grow, but at a slower pace
Level off

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Last week's poll results: 
If you sold your company, what would you do afterward?

46.67%: Retire (Golf! Fish! Something!)

22.67%: Consult

16.00%: Start a new non-glass business

9.33%: Continue with acquirer

5.33%: Buy another business

Special report: Midwest Glass Conference

Education, training critical to industry survival
Glass companies today face labor shortages, toughened codes and standards, and ever-increasing demands from architects and building owners. The only way for companies to survive, let alone prosper, is through training and education, speakers said during the Midwest Glass Conference Oct. 19 in Shakopee, Minn... read more

Conference highlights market conditions, safety, customer service
Susan Marvin, president of Marvin Windows and Doors in Warroad, Minn., advised company executives on ways to ensure survival and even growth of a company in difficult market times ... read more

News to know

AAMA storms Orlando
Photo of hurricane simulator in actionAs part of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s national fall conference this week in Orlando, members got a close look at the University of Florida’s hurricane simulation equipment... read more

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Product spotlight

Neutral gray low-E glass
Pittsburgh’s PPG Industries Inc. introduced Solarban z50, solar control low-E glass with a steel blue-gray appearance, and a free Solarban z50 design kit. The glass provides glare control along with daylighting and solar control properties ... read more


Bleak predictions for construction and the U.S. economy
Officials from construction equipment maker Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, Ill., forecasted Oct. 19 that the U.S. economy was near to, or even in, a recession,  as reported in a same-day article from the Financial Times ... read more

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Project news:

Supermarket transformed into glass-walled cancer treatment center
“It wasn’t one of our bigger jobs, but it included a lot of fabrication for us. Many of the glass units are angled pieces. The main tower rises 12 feet then slants out 15 degrees on all three sides.” —Sunni Burrus, American Glass Co.

The basics: Hematology & Oncology Associates turned a 51,000-square-foot Food World supermarket in Tupelo, Miss., into the glass-clad Hope Center cancer treatment facility that opened in August.
The players:
Architect, Johnson Bailey Henderson McNeel, Tupelo, Miss.; general contractor, Sanderson Construction, Tupelo; glazing contractor, American Glass Co., Columbia, Miss.; glass fabricator, Wholesale Glass Distributors, Memphis; curtain wall supplier, United States Aluminum, Waxahachie, Texas..

The glass and systems:
1-inch insulating glass with an evergreen tint in a Series 3250 curtain wall that slopes forward in the main entry and rises to angled points in the main façade. Series IT451 storefront system with Series 400 medium stile doors. All framing features a clear anodized finish.

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