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January 24, 2012
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2012 forecast: Industry executives weigh in

Guardian’s Scott Thomsen, Cardinal’s Bowie Neumayer, AGC’s Jon Hughes, Viracon’s Kelly Schuller, Hartung’s Nick Sciola, and Kawneer’s Diana Perreiah share their expectations for the year ahead.

Closer look: Overall construction levels to hold steady in 2012
Construction spending is expected to hold steady, if not improve slightly in 2012, according to forecasters. “2012 is looking at essentially the same level of overall activity, although the mix will be slightly different,” they say.

 
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Business news
PPG reports record fourth quarter, despite glass segment sales remaining flat
Horton Automatics launches new website
Architecture Billings Index positive for second straight month
Stylmark appoints RGA Architectural Sales as new manufacturer’s representative
Despite dropping again in December, construction material prices still cutting into contractor earnings
 
Project news
W Hotel set to install new, stronger glass panels
Skyscraper completion reaches new high for fifth year running
USGBC releases list of top U.S. states for LEED-certified projects in 2011
 
People news
Heinaman Contract Glazing names new president
Tubelite hires Bob McNamara as client development manager
Robert Mastrapa joins Glasswerks L.A., Inc. as operations manager
 
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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 videos, company spotlights, interviews and more!  Take a look
 
Glassblog
Nuts on a bar
By Nicole Harris
Using nuts, not glass, two 30-year-olds building a trendy bar and tap needed workforce skills of the future that are here and now.  Check out the Institute for the Future’s report on change drivers and job skills for 2020.
From the fabricator: Will the trend be our friend?
By Max Perilstein
OK, so the Architecture Billings Index now has had two good months in a row. What exactly does that mean?
Product Spotlight
Enclosed glass truck body

MyGlassTruck.com announced the release of the Hero, an enclosed glass carrier truck body that is available in 12-foot, 14-foot and 16-foot lengths. The Hero offers good fuel economy and more payload capacity than bodies constructed of heavier materials riding on the same chassis, according to a release.

Great Glazing
Spaceport America
The futuristic Spaceport America facility in Sierra County, N.M., the first commercial spaceport in the world, was designed to blend into its surroundings and appear to gradually rise out of the desert. The spaceport features a large inverted sloped radius custom curtain wall with oversized glass units.

 
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