Industry News
Mar. 9, 2017 - Vitro, S.A.B. de C.V. has acquired Pittsburgh Glass Works’ (PGW) automotive original equipment manufacturer (OEM) glass business from LKQ Corporation. The acquisition completes the agreement announced last December for US$310 million, free of cash and debt. The final acquisition price is subject to potential post-closing purchase price adjustments, which are typical for these types of transactions.
Jan. 26, 2017 -  Ontario Glass and Metal Association members met at the Richmond Hill Country Club on Jan. 18 to hear an update on the Reynolds Report from Geza Banfai, a construction law expert from McMillan LLB. The Reynolds Report was presented to the Ontario government last year. It contains a comprehensive review of the state of construction payment law in Ontario and many recommendations for change. Frank Fulton, seminar organizer and OGMA director, prepared this overview of the talk’s highlights.
Jan. 12, 2017 -  Helen Sanders, Ph.D., has joined Technoform Glass Insulation (TGI), a member of Technoform Group. As part of TGI's North American market team, she will help develop strategic markets and relationships, and industry-leading fenestration products, while guiding and supporting the company's continued focus on energy performance and sustainability.
Jan. 12, 2017 -  AMS, Inc. has announced that Ben Beeler has joined the organization to further expand the growing certification management team. Ben comes with a wealth of experience within the Glass Industry, having spent the last 32 years in management at Virginia Glass Products Corp. a tempered glass manufacturer in Virginia. Ben has also been very active in industry initiatives including serving on the executive board of GANA.
Glazing contractors, glass fabricators, architects and specifiers will want to join Glass Canada's Winter Webinar, Certified Quality: How contractor certification works in the architectural glass industry, on Jan. 24 at 2:00 pm. Registration for the interactive online session is free, and will feature Jeff Dabala of AMS Certification and Peter Neudorf Jr. of Ferguson Neudorf discussing the North American Contractor Certification program and how it applies to our industry. The webinar is presented free courtesy of Vitro.
Dec. 14, 2016 -  As you know, the Attorney General has announced that the Government will introduce prompt payment legislation in spring 2017, as recommended under the Construction Lien Act Review Report. The voices of all Ontario construction-families have been heard. Prompt payment legislation will help trade contractors and suppliers to run businesses with more certainty, provide more competitive bids and meet financial responsibilities in a timely fashion.
Dec. 14, 2016 - Dip-Tech has released the new INTERIORI – a powerful business development tool for glass processors with Dip-Tech digital in-glass printers. 
Jim Brady, general manager of Desa Glass in Calgary, Alta., has announced he is leaving the company. Brady is familiar to many in the industry across the country due to his intense involvement in several associations, including his recent terms as president of the Canadian Glass Association. Brady issued the following statment in an email to industry contacts:
Large protests took place at Queen's Park in Toronto on Nov. 30 over proposed ammendments to Bill 70 that would allow individuals issued a Notice of Contravention by the Ontario College of Trades to appeal that notice to the Ontario Labour Relations Board. In theory, the OLRB could overrule the Notice and allow non-certified tradespeople to perform tasks set aside for licenced trades. The OCT oversees certification of skilled trades in Ontario and the OLRB is part of the Ministry of Labour tasked with adjudicating legal labour disputes. Architectural Glass and Metal Technician is a designated non-compulsary trade under the OCT.
Andrew Dolphin, production planning manager at Trulite in Woodbridge, Ont., discussed architectural glass and metal fabrication in a featured interview with Manufacturing Automation magazine. He discusses Trulite's processes and some of the new equipment he is using to improve efficiency and quality at the glass fabricator.
Glass Canada reported in the October 2016 Canadian Glass Association newsletter that Dennis Haatvedt plans to step down as executive director of the Architectural Glass and Metal Contractors Association at the end of the year. This report was in error – Haatvedt is leaving his seat on the CGA board, but not his position at AGMCA.
The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) has released the most comprehensive industry-wide set of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for aluminum extrusions manufactured in the United States and Canada.
AmesburyTruth has named James Larson Chief Operating Officer.
Oct. 6, 2016 - EY is recognizing an impressive group of Ontario entrepreneurs for their financial performance, vision, leadership, personal integrity and entrepreneurial spirit. The firm named 50 finalists across 10 categories in its EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Ontario 2016 awards program and AGNORA President, Richard Wilson, has been selected in the manufacturing category for deploying leading edge technology and top-performing equipment to fabricate the largest architectural glass in North America.
Oct. 6, 2016 - Allan Windows Group and Global Architectural Metals Group, two dominant forces in the design, manufacture and installation of commercial and residential glazing, cladding, railing, skylight and entry systems, have announced that they have merged all of their respective operations under one name brand.
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