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May 4, 2017 - Apogee Enterprises has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire 100 percent of the stock of privately-held EFCO Corporation from Pella Corporation for approximately $195 million. EFCO is a leading U.S. manufacturer of architectural aluminum window, curtainwall, storefront and entrance systems for commercial construction projects. Apogee, which provides distinctive value-added glass and metal solutions for the architectural and picture framing industries, expects to close on the purchase of EFCO in the first half of fiscal 2018, pending regulatory approval.
April 19, 2017 - A long- awaited certification program for A rchitectural Glass and Metal Technicians is now one step closer to a reality. Administrative Management Systems, Inc. (AMS , Inc. ) is beginning the task of developing a third -party, personnel certification program for Architectural Glass and Metal Technician s (AGMT) , with the intent o f gaining ANSI accreditation in accordance with ISO/IEC 17024 .
Dennis Haatvedt, executive director of the Architectural Glass and Metal Contractors Association, passed away on March 23. The AGMCA sent out the following release:It is with regret and sadness that we announce the death of Dennis Haatvedt, executive director of AGMCA, after a brave, defiant fight with cancer. Dennis passed peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family. He will be sadly missed by all his family and friends, fellow directors at AGMCA, and by everyone in the glass industry that had the pleasure to have worked with him or to have known him.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this very difficult time.
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.
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