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June 3, 2014
From Glass Magazine
The 2014 Top 50 Glaziers

2013 marked another year of growth for U.S. contract glaziers, with 74 percent of the Top 50 Glaziers reporting a year-over-year sales increase. This comes on the heels of a strong 2012, when 76 percent of Top 50 Glaziers reported y-o-y sales growth, and helped many companies return to pre-recessionary sales levels.

Universal Design Discussions at AAMA Summer Conference
Designing buildings and building products that are accessible to the entire population requires considerations well beyond those outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act building standards, according to Elizabeth Watson, director of the Center for Students with Disabilities at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, who delivered the keynote during the American Architectural Manufacturers Association Summer Conference.

Industry news
The Ledge at Willis Tower Closed after Sacrificial Glass Layer Cracks
Quanex Provides Continuing Education for Employees
Saint-Gobain Glass Romania Sales Increase Due to New Production Line
Construction Employment Up in Most Metro Areas in Past Year
People news
Key Glass' Bill Enderle Passes Away
Bob Cummings Joins Hartung Glass Industries
Glaston America Appoints New Sales Team
Fenzi Adds Independent Agencies to Sell Insulating Glass Products Line
Association news
AAMA Updates Design Guide for Metal Cladding Fasteners

The Road to GlassBuild
REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR GLASSBUILD AMERICA 2014! Join us at the Las Vegas Convention Center for learning, networking and growing your business. Early bird rates apply until June 20, so register today!

No Tourists Were in Danger at The Ledge
By Katy Devlin
My Twitter and Facebook feeds exploded last week when the news broke that the glass floor cracked on one of the Willis Tower’s 1,353-foot-high ledges. Heart-stopping: yes. Dangerous: no.
From the Fabricator: On the Ledge
By Max Perilstein

Our industry made national news this week when The Ledge at Willis Tower in Chicago had a busted piece of glass. This now famous all-glass overlook suffered a breakage on its sacrificial layer, and to us glass people it's no big deal. But to the worldwide media, it was the opportunity for hysteria.

Product Spotlight
SunGuard Spandrel HT from Guardian

Guardian offers SunGuard Spandrel HT, a new glass product designed for building façade spandrel applications, that offers higher opacity and less potential for streaking. This durable glass product can create a seamless and aesthetically pleasing look to a façade, while concealing interior views from the outside, Guardian reports.

Great Glazing
Wellfield Botanic Gardens Community Water Pavilion

Glass fabricator and installer: Studio L Inc.
Metal framing systems supplier: Helgeson Steel Inc.

On the banks of a stream in Elkhart, Ind., the water pavilion at The Wellfield Botanic Gardens features a slumped glass dome with cast glass details that reflect the gardens’ natural surroundings. The glazing systems needed to be understated to blend with the garden, while at the same time durable enough to withstand high traffic and changing weather. Read more...

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