February 12, 2008 | Vol 3, Num 6
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Have you started to feel the pinch of the tightening economy?
Yes, and we've had to make job cuts.
Yes, but we've been able to sustain our workforce.
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Last week's poll results:
In December, police arrested a worker for allegedly stealing more than $1 million of aluminum from his employer. Have you dealt with instances of employee metal theft at your company?

No

44%

No, but I suspect there may be.

29%

Yes, we've experienced metal theft by employees.

26%





















News to know

U.S. companies need to find ways to offset Chinese advantages
A typical production worker in China earns about 53 cents an hour compared to $15 in the United States. Chinese employers also have access to tens of millions of rural workers to fill those production positions... read more

More top stories
For all of the week’s stories, including news about Asahi Glass’ agreement to pay price-fixing fines, click here. Visit www.GlassMagazine.net for daily headline news updates. ... read more

Personal protective equipment

Hands, feet, head, eyes, face, respiratory system—all are subject to safety standards designed to protect your workers and reduce the risk
of injury... read more

This week on glassblog

'American Idol' loves glass
After seeing Binswanger Glass employee Josh Jones on a segment of "American Idol", glassblogger Katy Devlin jumped on the phone to talk glass (and find out if he makes it past Hollywood)... read more

Product spotlight

Triple glazing
German manufacturer Interpane Glas Industrie AG introduced iplus 3L and iplus 3CL neutral-colored triple insulating glazing ... read more

Financials

Construction spending damaged, saved economy last year
According to a recent New York Times article, construction spending is both the cause of America’s recession threat and the only thing that kept the economy out of recession in late 2007. The distinction is between residential and nonresidential construction... read more

Business headlines
Check out www.GlassMagazine.net for financial news stories throughout the week. ... read more

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Project news: Designers stretch imagination with channel glass in competition
“A major focus for [Technical Glass Products] is working with architects and designers to provide glazing solutions that meet their unique design challenges and expand their design options. … The Imagination Cube competition is a great way to inspire innovative designs.”
—Jeff Razwick, director of business development for TGP.


Photo by AIA Arizona, PhoenixThe basics: In the 2007 Imagination Cube competition, hosted by the Construction Specifications Institute Phoenix Chapter and the American Institute of Architects Arizona Chapter, student and professional architects were asked to design push the functional, technical, spatial or artistic boundaries of Pilkington Profilit channel glass in a structure that would fit into a 48-foot cubic space. The winning entry, entitled “The Art of Place Making,” used channel glass as a public sculpture. The design entries are not built but are presented digitally.
The players: Contest hosts,
CSI Phoenix Chapter, AIA Arizona Chapter, Phoenix; Winning design architect, DMJM, Phoenix; glass supplier, Technical Glass Products, Kirkland, Wash.
The glass and systems: Pilkington Profilit channel glass in an extruded metal perimeter frame.
Photo by AIA Arizona, Phoenix

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