Patrick Flannery

Patrick Flannery

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Last summer, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal had to decide whether to keep Canadian tariffs in place on unitized curtainwall modules imported from China, or to let them expire as scheduled in November.
I have to get a few things off my chest.
The Toro Group has gone all-out in support of Movember, an annual charity drive to fund men's health initiatives including prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. The company has raised $48,000 for the cause by growing moustaches throughout the month of November. It presently sits fifth in Canada in money raised, with Ivan Martintoni of ProTemp Glass the number two individual in the country with $25,600. Doug Randall of Commdoor Aluminum is calling everyone in the industry to chip in over the final days of the program and help put Toro over the top in service of this great cause.
The Ontario Glass and Metal Association and Construction Specifications Canada's Toronto chapter held their inaugural joint Share the Vision seminar Nov. 14 at the Richmond Hill Country Club in Richmond Hill, Ont. About 50 people attended. Steve Gusterson, president of CSC Toronto, and Frank Fulton, OGMA board member, welcomed attendees and introduced the speakers.
The Architectural Glass and Metal Certification Council held its annual meeting in Dallas, Texas, Nov. 7 and 8, welcoming about 50 glazing contractors, consultants, suppliers and union representatives to the offices of Curtainwall Design Consulting. The group held committee meetings to chart a path forward for the North American Contractor Certification and Architectural Glass and Metal Technician programs.
Dieter Gollnow, owner of Eco Insulating Glass and early importer of Heat Mirror products, passed away Oct. 16 at the age of 82.
There are productivity impacts from distraction.
The OGMA held its fall golf tournament at The Country Club on Sept. 12 and as usual a great day was had by all. Turnout was modest at 65 golfers, but the smaller group made for a quick round. Some new faces were on hand, which is always good.
The Canadian Standards Asspciation is updating A440.6 Installation of High Exposure Fenestration Products and has released a draft of the standard for public review. The section is mostly directed at Part 5 commercial construction, but low-rise Part 9 buildings could be affected as well when they have windows and doors exposed to high levels of wind and rain, especially on hills and cliffs. A440.6 sets forth characteristics of effective and durable installation methods, in both new and existing buildings, of fenestration products within the scope of AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440 that are intended for installation in high exterior exposure conditions.
Margaret Webb and Janice Yglesias, executive directors of the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance and the American Architectual Manufacturers Association, respectively, opened the first day of official business at the joint AAMA/IGMA Summer Conference in Victoria, B.C., in June swith a report to membership.
People work better when they own their jobs.
Attendees at the joint American Architectural Manufacturers Association/Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance Summer Conference in Victoria got a dose of adrenaline from the Day 1 keynote speaker, Patrick Moore. Moore, a co-founder of Greenpeace who left the organization over its opposition to plastics and now works with the Vinyl Institute, delivered a provocative talk challenging a swath of environmentalist shibboleths, including dismissal of climate change as an urgent problem.
The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance Emerging Technologies Committee was chaired by David Cooper of Guardian. Co-chair Helen Sanders of Technoform was unable to attend. The committee was meeting at its Summer Conference in Victoria, held this year as a joint event with the American Architectural Manufacturers Association.
Jeff Haberer from Trulite and Paul Bush from Vitro chaired a joint meeting of the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance Technical Services Committee and the American Architectural Manufacturers Association Glass Council at their Summer Conference in Victoria. The room of over 50 delegates heard about progress on PIB migration, expansion of structural standards to address jumbo and thin glass, acoustical ratings, vacuum insulating glass guidelines and more. Bush noted that the IGMA's technical task forces have often done most of the heavy lifting to research and write AAMA standards for some time.
Margaret Webb and Janice Yglesias, executive directors of the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance and the American Architectual Manufacturers Association, respectively, opened the first day of official business at the joint AAMA/IGMA Summer Conference with a report to membership. Most of the discussion addressed progress and plans for the merger of the two association, which members will vote on in July. If approved, the new merged organization will be called the Fenestration Glazing Industry Alliance.
Ontario Glass and Metal Association members from across Ontario gathered again at Piper's Heath Golf Course in Milton, Ont., May 30 for a fun day of driving, chipping and putting. The weather mostly cooperated with broken grey skies that only sprinkled a light shower of rain for a few minutes. The course had thankfully dried out after the monsoon spring, but it was still cart-paths-only. Lively conversation was the order of the day as always both at the pre-round barbeque and the steak dinner where prizes were handed out to all and sundry.
New York City mayor Bill de Blasio made quite a stir in late April when he seemed to announce New York would “ban” glass and steel skyscapers. Here’s his actual quote: “We’re going to introduce legislation to ban the glass and steel skyscrapers that have contributed so much to global warming. They have no place in our city or on our earth any more.”
The U.S. and Canada reached an agreement last week to end the 10 per cent U.S. tariff on aluminum and 25 per cent tariff on steel entering the U.S. Canada has also dropped its 10 per cent tariff on aluminum and steel window and door products, along with retaliatory tariffs on a number of other products.
Top Glass 2019 surpassed all previous attendance records with over 300 glazing contractors, architectural glass fabricators, architects and other construction design professionals walking through the doors. They came to see 62 of Canada's top suppliers of products for the commerical glass construction industry and to take in a sparkling education program addressing green building standards, bent IGU seal testing, contractor certification and anisotropy measurement science.
The Canadian Border Services Agency has completed its review of Canada's duties on imported Chinese curtainwall and told the Canadian International Trade Tribunal that dumping and subsidizing of Chinese products is likely to resume if the duties are removed. The report makes it likely that the CITT will leave the duties in place after it completes its investigation on July 3.
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