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Glass industry forecasts slow times for 2009


December 30, 2008
By USGNN

Dec. 30, 2008 – With 2009 only days away, USGNN.com has asked a number of glass
industry professionals about the challenges that they predict the
new year will hold.

With 2009 only days away, USGNN.com has asked a number of glass
industry professionals about the challenges that they predict the
new year will hold.

Bill Yanek, executive vice president of the Glass Association of
North America (GANA), makes a prediction that should not be new
to members of the construction industry. "Based upon what we are
hearing from GANA members, 2009 commercial construction will continue
to slow," he says.

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"We're expecting to see a continuing decline in commercial construction
activity in 2009 as we have seen in 2008," agrees Ed Zaucha, chief
executive officer of APG International and chairman of the Finishing
Contractors Association Glazing Advisory Committee. He adds, "We
also expect the decline in commercial construction activity to be
more dramatic with the smaller sized projects. Many small glazing
contractors are really hurting right now."

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