e-glass weekly - August 28, 2007 | Vol 2, Num 35
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More consolidation coming

Customers respond to rumored Efco-Pella deal
While representatives from both companies aren’t talking, many industry players are already responding to the much-rumored deal between Efco Corp. of Monett, Mo., and Pella Corp., of Pella, Iowa ...

Customers respond to rumored Efco-Pella deal

While representatives from both companies aren’t talking, many industry players are already responding to the much-rumored deal between Efco Corp. of Monett, Mo., and Pella Corp., of Pella, Iowa.

If the deal goes through—an anonymous source says Pella will buy Efco before GlassBuild America, Sept. 10-12—it will mark the second major industry merger in the past three months, following the late June purchase of The Vistawall Group of Terrell, Texas, by Oldcastle Glass of Santa Monica, Calif.

“We’re seeing more consolidation. The little guy is going,” says Chuck Glidden, manager at American Glass Co. in Waterville, Maine.

Clive Thatcher, manager at Island Glass Co. in Bermuda, agrees the industry is shrinking as companies merge and speculates increasing overseas competition might be part of the cause.

“China is going to become a major player. … [North American companies] can’t stay as they are,” Thatcher says. As a result, competing companies serving the same geographic areas will merge to save costs, he says. “You’re going to find a lot of consolidation.”

In addition to having an industry-wide impact, consolidation also hits customers in good and bad ways. Pella's possible purchase of Efco is no different.

Thatcher says Island Glass has turned to Efco for almost all of its projects for years, and it will be an adjustment working with the new representatives. “The biggest problem we’ll have is getting used to new people, like when Oldcastle bought [Fulton Windows of Mississauga, Ontario]. The Oldcastle people came in with a different philosophy, and it takes awhile to get used to it,” he says.

Glidden says customers will also have to become acclimated to shifting to such a large supplier. “There’s more red tape, working with a larger company, and it’s even more difficult to get your product,” he says.

Despite the possible challenges ahead, Jerry Larson, president of Larson Glass Co. in Puyallup, Wash., says he is optimistic about a merged Efco-Pella. “I was told Efco’s management team will stay in place. I just don’t see any downside to this move,” Larson says. “I’ve dealt with both companies … they’re both very professional to deal with.”

Stay tuned to e-glass weekly and www.glassmagazine.net for updates.

Send us your comments about a possible deal.

—By
Katy Devlin, e-Newsletter Editor, e-glass weekly

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Construction slips 11 percent in July

Nonresidential segment remains strong
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Nonresidential segment remains strong

New construction starts fell 11 percent in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $588.1 billion, according to an Aug. 22 release from McGraw Hill Construction of New York.

The value of construction from January to July reached $363.2 billion, 13 percent below the same period last year. Though, with the residential segment excluded, construction starts during the period show a 2 percent increase year-over-year, according to the release.

Nonresidential starts fell 23 percent in July, following an uncharacteristically strong June that saw a 27 percent increase in spending.

“July’s slower activity for nonresidential building was expected, since June had been boosted by the start of several massive projects,” Robert Murray, vice president of economic affairs for McGraw-Hill Construction, said in the release. “The year-to-date figures show that non-residential building … is performing fairly well in 2007.”

Despite the decline, several nonresidential segments saw growth during the month, including public buildings, up 23 percent, transportation terminals, up 27 percent, and store construction, up 4 percent. Store construction sits 12 percent year-over-year.

“One of the more interesting parts of this year’s nonresidential market is the continued strength for stores and shopping centers,” Murray said in the release. “This project type has typically followed the pattern shown by homebuilding, but so far it has been able to withstand any downward pull from the weak housing sector.”

Read the full release here.

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Nippon Sheet Glass increased its profit forecast for the fiscal year through March to $457 million from $388 million, and its revenue forecast to $7.33 billion from $7.15 billion, according to the article.

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