e-glass weekly - July 15, 2008 | Vol 3, Num 28
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MIT turning windows into solar panels
Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers report a new approach to harnessing the sun's energy more cost effectively using windows that also allow a clear view. The technology involves the creation of a novel "solar concentrator" using a mixture of dyes painted onto the glass. ... read more

GM to have world's largest rooftop solar system
Solar energy product maker Energy Conversion Devices Inc. said it will supply solar cell laminates to General Motors Corp. for the world's largest rooftop power generation system. ... read more

Nonresidential construction continues to lose jobs in June
Nonresidential construction lost 5,600 jobs in June 2008 on a seasonally-adjusted basis, raising the total number of jobs shed in the past year to 43,900, according to a July 3 report released by the U.S. Labor Department. This loss represents a slow-down compared to May 2008, which saw a decline of 7,400 jobs, according to a July 9 Associated Builders and Contractors report ... read more

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Glaston strengthens its operations in China
Beginning in August, Glaston plans to significantly strengthen its operations in North Asia and China, according to a July 9 company release. Asia, particularly China, has a special priority in Glaston's strategy. ... read more

Oldcastle Glass sells translucent business
Oldcastle Glass has reached an agreement to sell its translucent wall and skylight business to Major Industries, a market leader in the translucent daylighting industry. ... read more

PPG unloads auto glass operations for $330 million
More than a year after announcing its intent to sell off its automotive OEM glass and replacement glass services business, PPG Industries of Pittsburgh signed a sale agreement July 8 with private equity firm Kohlberg & Co. LLC, Mount Kisco, N.Y. Under the agreement, PPG will sell the auto glass business to a new company formed by Kohlberg in exchange for $330 million and a 40 percent minority ownership stake in the new company, according to a PPG release the same day. ... read more

DFI implements first industrial nano coating system in Brazil
Diamon-Fusion International Inc., San Clemente, Calif., global developer and exclusive licensor of patented hydrophobic nanotechnologies, implemented its proprietary nano-surface chemical vapor chamber coating system at Bravestro - Vidros de Segurança Ltda., the company’s exclusive distributor in Brazil, according to a July 7 company release. This industrial implementation at Bravestro sets DFI to further develop the MERCOSUR (Regional Trade Agreement among six countries: Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile and Bolivia), along with providing positive impact throughout Latin America ... read more

International news

International snippet
Vietnam produced 18.7 million square metres of glass in the first half of this year, a decrease of 5.3 percent as compared with the same period in 2007, according to a July 4 report from Vietnam’s General Statistics Office.

Gujarat to introduce single window clearance act
With a view to cutting down on redtapism in the state, the state government has for the first time decided to formulate a Single Window Clearance Act. ... read more

IFC finances clean, energy efficient float glass production for HNG in India
IFC, Kolkata, India, a member of the World Bank Group, will help HNG Float Glass Ltd. set up a state-of-the-art plant in Halol in the Indian state of Gujarat, according to a July 7 company release. The plant will produce 600 tons of energy efficient float glass daily, helping meet demand from the construction and automotive sectors, while creating new jobs and developing local supply chains ... read more

America's smallest retail glass shop

A fixture in Colorado’s “Tiny Town,” Gump Glass proves no community is complete without the local glass provider...

Monday, July 14, 2008

 

Jenni Chase, senior editor, retail and auto glass, Glass Magazine

Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado’s “Tiny Town” boasts the oldest kid-size village and railroad in the United States. How does this relate to retail glass? Well, like a typical small town, Tiny Town features a grocery store, a library, an auto repair center and … a retail glass shop. That’s right. Tiny Town’s Gump Glass, pictured here, offers tabletops, mirrors and auto glass, among other products and services. ... read more

Fused panels

Nathan Allan Glass Studios Inc., Richmond, British Columbia, created Stax Series fused clear glass panels. ...

Nathan Allan Glass Studios Inc., Richmond, British Columbia, created Stax Series fused clear glass panels.

Glass pieces stacked in staggering heights are fused to create solid sheets. Designed for creating feature walls over large surfaces, patterns include Beamz, a straight planks design; Flex, twisting fluid shapes; and Breez, with gentle rises, according to a company release. Sheets come in sizes up to 5 feet by 9 feet, thickness of about 1.25 inches, and weight of about 14.5 pounds per square foot. Color finishes can be applied to the flat back surface, and mirrored backing applied over the color finish. Stax Series can be laminated to a flat glass or mirrored panel to qualify as safety glass, according to the release.
604/277-8533 | www.nathanallan.com

Keeping your cool this summer

If your employees work outside in the summer heat, watch for and take steps to prevent heat-related illnesses such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. ...

If your employees work outside in the summer heat, watch for and take steps to prevent heat-related illnesses such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

During physical work or exercise in high heat, muscles generate heat as a metabolic byproduct. Sweating is an effective means of dissipating heat when the air is dry or when there is a breeze. However, when the humidity rises and the air becomes denser, sweat does not evaporate from the skin as readily. The body temperature rises too high, resulting in heat-related illnesses.

For tips on recognizing the symptoms of these problems, proper treatment, and ways to prevent heat stress, call the program administrator for GlassInsure at 800/640-7601, and ask for “Keeping Your Cool This Summer.”

 GlassInsure, NGA’s sponsored insurance program, provides workers’ compensation, employee benefits, general liability, and all lines of property-casualty insurance for the glass industry, www.glassinsure.com.