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September 18, 2012
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Capital equipment purchases represent a major financial investment, and rushed decision-making or poor planning during the machinery selection process can have a long-lasting, detrimental effect on a company. Read on for top recommendations for glass companies looking to grow their business and product offering through the acquisition of new machinery and equipment.

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Industry news
Industry gathers at GlassBuild America
GEF speaker forecasts slow and steady economic growth, encourages glass industry to invest
Energy codes see increases in stringency and adoption, affecting product trends
Multifamily starts to exceed original 2012 forecasts
Fenzi Group opens sales office in South Korea
 
People news
NGA announces new chairman of the board
Scott Steffy promoted to VP at Glaston America Inc.
Phil Tweedie named chairman of the Glass and Glazing Federation
 
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glassblog
The three-tiered personnel challenge: Recruiting, training and planning
By Katy Devlin
The glass industry has a people problem. Or, more accurately, a lack of qualified people problem. I was shocked to read a statistic that said the contract glazing industry will have 33,400 job openings between 2010 and 2020. And it's not just contract glaziers that need people.
From the fabricator: The massive GlassBuild America report
By Max Perilstein
If there was one word that could sum up GlassBuild America 2012 it would be “engaged.”  I heard from so many people who booked business or found great prospects. Like one exhibitor told me: Last year it was, 'wow I hope someday to use your product.' This year it was, “I have a project and I want to use your product.' What a difference a year makes. 
Product Spotlight
GlassX
GlassX combinines the translucence of glass with the thermal properties of a solid wall. The quadruple insulating glass unit has phase change material at its core that stores heat and provides a thermal mass equivalent to that of a 16-inch concrete wall, according to the supplier. 
Great Glazing
Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence

Glass manufacturer: Guardian Industries
Glass fabricator:
Garibaldi Glass
Glazing contractor:
Flynn Canada Ltd.

Okanagan College's Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation in Penticton, British Columbia, is a net-zero building that features triple-glazed insulating glass with a high-performance low-E coating.

Watch for the special Thursday edition of e-glass weekly, September 20, for a complete GlassBuild America 2012 report, including videos, photo galleries, news and more. 


 
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