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June 5, 2012
From Glass Magazine
The 2012 Top 50 Glaziers revealed

U.S. glazing contractors continued to feel the effects of a slow construction market in 2011. While the majority of companies on Glass Magazine's 2012 Top 50 Glaziers list reported an increase in bid levels from 2010 to 2011, low margins persisted. But not all is doom and gloom. Fifty percent of Top 50 Glazier companies reported an increase in sales from 2010 to 2011. 

Bonding requirements put glaziers under scrutiny
Still faced with highly competitive market conditions and low profit margins, contract glaziers report another growing concern: more projects are requiring bonding, and that bonding is becoming more difficult to secure.

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Business news
Konarka Technologies files for Chapter 7
LandGlass and IGE Solutions respond to Glaston lawsuit
Quanex reports FY12 second quarter results; expects to complete IG spacer facility consolidation by August
Vitro confronts bondholders over bankruptcy plan approval
Bystronic glass and Hegla sign cooperation agreement
RavenBrick granted patent for smart wall; seeking partner for commercialization
USGBC announces changes to LEED 2012
Project news
Glass viewing platforms would expand views at Space Needle
People news
NGA names Jaime Barnhart manager of promotions, Industry Events

Fenestration hallucination: What advertising really works?
By Rod Van Buskirk
Only a few years ago, the local glass dealer with the largest yellow page in his market won the marketing battle. These days, it’s hard to determine what media methods help manufacturers appeal to architects or what marketing motivates consumers to buy shower doors and replacement windows.
From the fabricator: Tough loss
By Max Perilstein
Very sad and frustrating news over the weekend that solar player Konarka was filing for Chapter 7. Konarka, as some of you may remember, was poised to become a major player in our industry before the adventurous circumstances of 2009 took place.
Product Spotlight
GlassBuild America 2012

The August issue of Glass Magazine will feature a preview of the products and services on display at GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo, Sept. 12-14, in Las Vegas. Exhibitors, to make sure your company is included in this free editorial feature, please submit your information by June 8.

Great Glazing
Mercy Corps Headquarters

Glazing contractor: Culver Glass
Glass manufacturer: Guardian Industries
Glazing system supplier: Kawneer Co. 

The Mercy Corps headquarters in Portland, Ore., has been designated a 2012 Top Ten Green Projects by the AIA’s Committee on the Environment in part thanks to its advanced, energy-efficient curtain wall system.

Photo by Jeff Armam Photography


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