Industry News
It is with sadness that we share the news of the passing on May 12 of our friend and former royalty of the architectural metal industry in Canada. In our business, occasionally you will come across people who made a real impact on the industry. One of those people was Bernie Leaman of Commercial Aluminum. Bernie was that type of guy you were happy you had the opportunity of meeting. He always greeted people with a smile, was quick to laugh, personable, and fun to talk to….a very charismatic gentleman.
April 29, 2019 - UL opened the doors of the new building envelope test lab to members of the construction industry on April 11, 2019. Manufacturers, consultants, architects, owners, and industry stakeholders attended the Open House and were excited about the opportunity to install and test large envelope system mock-ups on a year round basis at the largest indoor facility in Canada. We were honored to have Toronto Deputy Mayor and City Councillor Michael Thompson in attendance for the ribbon cutting ceremony and to recognize the Ferguson Neudorf team as our first customer in this state-of-the-art test lab.
April 16, 2019 - City of Calgary officials say years of advocating for changes to the National Building Code to make second-storey windows safer for children seem to have finally paid off. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
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.
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.
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