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February 14, 2017
From Glass Magazine
After Automation: Next Steps for IG Fabricators
In some ways, automation has become a great equalizer of the large-scale commercial insulating glass fabrication market. Having made the investment in automation, capacity and volume are no longer in question, and companies must find new ways to differentiate with services and building total efficiency into other areas of the business.
Industry news
Guardian's Venezuela Plant to be Run by State-owned Venvidrio
Phoenix-based Superior Glass Launches Commercial Services
WDMA Releases 2017 National Policy Agenda
Onyx Solar Receives Contract for World's Largest PV Skylight
Glaston Corp. Reports Strong End to 2016; Expands into New Markets in 2017
People News
Faour Glass Adds Kiera Harris to Purchasing Department
Event News
Organizers Make Plans for the 20th Vitrum Tradeshow
National Association of Women in Construction to Celebrate Women in Construction Week March 5-11
DFI to Sponsor GPAD, Provide Coatings Presentation
Product Spotlight
FireLite® Fire-Rated Glass Products from Technical Glass Products
Offering superior visual clarity, FireLite® fire-rated glass ceramic enables design professionals to meet fire-safety codes without compromising aesthetics in schools, offices and other commercial buildings. The FireLite family of products features ultraHD® Technology for improved color, clarity and surface quality. The exceptional fire-rated glass passes the required hose stream test, is available with fire ratings up to three hours and is classified and labeled with Underwriters Laboratories. Impact safety options are available.
"Labor, Labor, Labor": Finding solutions to the industry's worker crisis at BEC
By Katy Devlin

“Labor, labor, labor. … This is the big issue for our industry,” said Ted Derby, business development manager for LCG Facades, during the “Contract Glazier Challenges” panel at the 2017 Building Envelope Contractors Conference, held last week in Las Vegas. The problem that has been brewing since before the recession has only worsened as the construction economy has improved and demand has escalated.

From the Fabricator: BEC Recap
By Max Perilstein
The latest Building Envelope Contractors Conference is now in the books, and the biggest news coming out of it was the announcement of a joint task force between the National Glass Association and the Glass Association of North America. 
Great Glazing
PPG's Monroeville Business and Technology Center

Contract glazier: Steel City Glass
Glass manufacturer: Vitro (formerly PPG flat glass)
Windows: Renovate by Berkowitz

The 10,150-square-foot Monroeville Business and Technology Center near Pittsburgh currently serves as the business headquarters for PPG’s specialty coatings and materials business unit. The facility opened in 1960 and featured single-pane windows, common in commercial buildings at the time, but notoriously inefficient. The renovation involved the installation of a façade retrofit system. Completed during the winter with minimal disturbance to daily activities, the project was finished in approximately two weeks with workers installing 66 total window units. Read more...

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