May 6, 2008 | Vol 3, Num 18
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Aluminum prices show sharp hike
Reflecting the trend in the rest of the construction industry, prices for aluminum have gone through the ceiling in the past couple of years. The upward price trend looks to continue to into 2009, according to a recent forecast from Goldman Sachs. ... read more

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Prices on the rise for aluminum, glass, PVB, milk, coffee, stamps ...


As the industry copes with higher glass and metals costs, blogger Katy Devlin has watched prices escalate for her consumer products as well—milk, eggs, stamps and now coffee. ... read more

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Conveyor line and sealant applicator
Erdman Automation Corp., Princeton, Minn., introduced the Erdman commercial glass conveyor line and hand assist sealant applicator. ... read more

Tripped up by an extension cord


Ever consider that a 1/4-inch diameter cord could cause the loss of your business? In the case of extensions cords and fires, it happens all too often. ... read more

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Vitro sales up, earnings down in first quarter
Although consolidated sales increased 6.1 percent in the first quarter over last year for Vitro S.A.B. de C.V., Mexico, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization fell 15.6 percent, according to an April 28 Vitro earnings report. ... read more

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Cardiology clinic goes modern with glass and metal-clad facility
“In this building, the glass and metal provides a high-tech modern exterior to reflect to the patient base the level of service that’s provided.”
—Rod Gustafson

The basics: In fall 2007, Rockford Cardiology Associates Ltd., Rockford, Ill.,  moved into its newly constructed 53,000-square-foot modern glass and aluminum facility from its former three-story, 1970s office building. The facility cost $140 per square foot and features an impressive lobby clad with reverse slope glazing that leans out at the top.
The players: Architect and general contractor, P-G Architecture Design/Build, Rockford; contract glazier, Rock Valley Glass Co., Cherry Valley, Ill.; glass fabricator, Viracon, Owatonna, Minn.; curtain wall supplier, Efco, a Pella Co., Monett, Mo.; metal wall panel supplier, Dri-Design, Holland, Mich.
The glass and metal: High-performance glazing with a silver reflective coating alternating with Dri-Design silver aluminum panels.

Photo by Brian Thompson, Rockford, Ill.

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