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August 9, 2011
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Sold! JS Group buys Permasteelisa for $811 million

Japan's JS Group Corp. announced the acquisition of Italy-based curtain wall company Permasteelisa S.p.A. Permasteelisa’s North American segment topped Glass Magazine's 2011 Top 50 Glaziers list and employs about 1,000 people stateside.  

Glaziers, retailers look to pass on higher costs, even as competitors push bids lower
As contract glaziers and retailers continue to feel the price pressure, a competitive bidding environment and still shaky construction market make it difficult to pass increased costs onto customers.

FROM GLASS MAGAZINE

Viewpoint: Steve Fronek
In an interview with Glass Magazine, Steve Fronek, vice president of technical services for Wausau Window & Wall Systems, discusses top product trends, where to find the bright spots in a challenging nonresidential construction market, and the rapidly changing code environment.

 
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Business news
DFI partners with Lisec to offer automated coating system option
Amesbury to expand presence in commercial fenestration market
China's Hony Capital invests $100 million in Yaohua Glass
NSG Group to start production of solar energy glass in China with SYP
Strong growth predicted for dynamic glazing
Construction spending up slightly in June thanks to private nonresidential projects
 
People news
Apogee names Joseph Puishys president and CEO
Gardner Glass Products names Jim Ventre national accounts manager
Tubelite names Mike Gilbert client development manager
 
Project news
Glass falls from another downtown highrise
Lambert Airport window replacement to start soon
 
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ROAD TO GLASSBUILD
It’s never too early to be thinking about GlassBuild America.  See the latest edition of “Road to GlassBuild” for company spotlights, interviews and more!  Take a look. 
 
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Lessons from the pit crew: Maximize efficiency to maximize service
By Ron Crowl
My wife, Tammy, had a quizzical look on her face when I told her that my first blog regarding manufacturing efficiencies would focus on my favorite t-shirt. Why do I like wearing it so much? Because of the story that comes with it.
From the fabricator: A word of caution
By Max Perilstein

As job bids get tighter, some general contractors are deciding that they don't need professional glaziers; they can just install the glass and framing themselves. Not only does this upset the natural order of things, it can be very dangerous.

Product Spotlight
Acid-etched glass
Italy's OmniDecor S.p.A. will display its DecorFlou Design decorative glass collection at GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo, Sept. 12-14, in Atlanta.
Eye on GlassBuild
Rob Botman
In advance of GlassBuild America, GlassMagazine.com will feature brief interviews with various people connected to the show. This week, "Eye on GlassBuild" catches up with Rob Botman, general manager of Glassopolis. His company will be on the GlassBuild floor at booth #1603, and from the sounds of it, the giveaways will be flowing!
Great Glazing
Norton Cancer Institute
A towering 30-foot-by-30 foot decorative glass window creates a peaceful, calming effect for the Nixon Meditation Room in the new Norton Cancer Institute, while serving as a visual gateway to the hospital complex.

 
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