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Top Glass 2019 will mark the seventh edition of the event and we can say with confidence (and not a little pride) that it is now Canada’s premier gathering for the architectural glass industry.
Mar. 4, 2019 - Saand welcomes Charlene Coleman as Territory Sales Manager, at our Ottawa facility.
Feb. 26, 2019 - Vitrum Glass Group is pleased to announce that Tara Brummet has been appointed Business Development Manager, US Markets. Tara will be responsible for the overall implementation of growth strategies for Vitrum’s continued expansion into various U.S. markets.
Feb. 15, 2019 - Jennifer Conrad has joined Vitrum Glass Group as our newest Sales Representative. Jennifer has nearly a decade of glass industry experience within the region of Washington State, and has demonstrated a great understanding of architectural glass.
Jan. 29, 2019 - Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope has announced that it has completed the divestment of Toronto-based Antamex International, its fenestration subcontracting business, to New York City-based private investment company O3 Industries.
Top Glass 2019 organizers have released the full agenda for the conference taking place April 17 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ont. Presented by Glass Canada magazine, the one-day event features four one-hour education sessions eligible for continuing education credits, the Ontario Glass and Metal Association's Awards of Excellence and a supplier show floor with over 40 exhibitors. Content is aimed squarely at glazing contractors, glass fabricators, architects, specifiers and others involved in the architectural glass construction sector.
Canadian municipalities issued $8.3 billion worth of building permits in November, up 2.6% from October. Higher construction intentions for commercial buildings drove most of the gain. In the commercial component, the value of building permits was up 16.8% to $2.1 billion, the highest level since May 2007. The increase was led by higher construction intentions for office buildings in the census metropolitan areas (CMAs) of Vancouver and Québec.
Prelco currently has three main fabrication locations for the commercial market, one in St-Jacques, N.B., and two in the province of Quebec: one in Riviere-du-Loup and another one in Montreal. This fall, it began expanding the facility in Montreal in order to get closer to its main markets and thus serve customers better and faster. Prelco is building a brand new section of 47 000 sq.ft. and installing a state-of-the-art tempering furnace and increasing insulating glass capacity.  These new pieces of equipment will be in operation in May 2019.
The London Free Press is reporting that Chinese glass manufacturer Xinyi is looking at four Ontario communities – London, Stratford, Welland and Amherstburg – as potential locations for a new $450 million float glass plant. Xinyi is searching for a new location after its application for bylaw ammendments was turned down by Guelph-Eramosa township over concerns about water use.
Oakville Glass and Mirror Ltd will be closing its doors in early 2019. After more than fifty years in business, Dieter and Ingrid have decided it is now time to retire. As such, Oakville Glass and Mirror will be winding down business effective January 10, 2019.
Oct. 25, 2018 - Modern structural engineering and architecture combine to enable fantastic construction. The working environment and its technical and economic efficiency largely depend on utilizing the best materials and technologies available – usually a crossover of competencies and applications. The pioneering work of Jorma Vitkala´s unique Glass Performing Days Conference bridges the world´s of the material developers, producers and suppliers with the ideas and concepts of designers and practical applications. The challenge is to combine the technologically possible with the economically feasible not just currently but also over the years to come.
The Architectural Glass and Metal Certification Council held its first-ever annual general meeting in Chicago on Nov. 7 and 8. About 50 glazing contractors, union representatives, industry suppliers, general contractors, architects, consultants and trade media gathered in the Willis Tower at the offices of the AGMCC's law firm. Over two days of meetings, the group heard updates on the organization's progress in developing its third-party-accredited programs for certifying glazing contractors and individual glaziers to high standards of integrity and quality. 
It was not that long ago, November 2017, that our then-Premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne, called a press conference in China to announce business agreements exceeding $1 billion between Ontario corporations and Chinese organizations. One of those was $450 million for the building of a float glass production plant in the province.
Sept. 20, 2018 - Unicel Architectural has announced that it has acquired all the assets of IC2 Technologies Inc. based in Portneuf, QC. Specialized in the fabrication of high energy-efficiency timber curtain walls, IC2 is an industry leader in the construction of passive houses and carbon-neutral buildings. The acquisition accelerates Unicel’s plans to grow its target market by extending the scope of its sustainable building envelope offerings and capabilities.
Don Ward, former president of Griffin Glass in Calgary and long-time leader in the Glass and Architectural Metals Association (GAMA), passed away unexpectedly at the age of 75 on Sept. 3. Ward began his career with PPG and became famous for his tireless volunteer work both in glass associations and provincial and national construction associations. 
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