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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. 
The Canadian International Trade Tribunal has begun a review of its 2013 decision to impose tariffs on Chinese curtainwall imports to Canada. The tariffs are due to expire on Nov. 11. According to the CITT notice, the tariffs will only be renewed if the Canadian Border Services Agency determines expiry of the tariffs will "result in the continuation or resumption of dumping and subsidizing of the subject goods." If the tariffs are renewed, they will remain in place for another five years.
Aug. 15, 2018 - Since 1978, we have operated under the name Oldcastle in North America, when our parent company CRH, made its first acquisition here.
Saand has announced three personnel moves in its organization. The Toronto-based fabricator ships glass across North America from five production facilities.
C.R. Laurence has announced that, effective August 1, Vimac Distributions has become an integral part of CR Laurence Co. Vimac, based in Montreal, has a well-respected name in the glass and glass industry, with over 30 years of hardware distribution experience in tools and supplies for glass. Vimac's operations are now integrated into CRL's Montreal service center, located at 8200 des Bâtisseurs Street, where the majority of Vimac employees are now located.
Imagic Glass in Concord, Ont., has announced Ennio Rea has joined the team as vice-president of sales. Rea, a well-known figure in the Ontario glass industry and recipient of the Ontario Glass and Metal Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, will be responsible for leading Imagic’s sales efforts in the glazing communityand developing Imagic’s sales team. 
It’s impossible to name a bigger economic story in Canada right now than the tariff war that’s been started by U.S. president, Donald Trump. In mid-2018, he followed through on plans to charge Canadian firms tariffs of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum that crosses the border.
Our review of the latest in glass manufacturing technology.
For those of you fortunate enough to live outside of Ontario, you may have heard that we’ve recently had a change of provincial government. Voters were so enamoured with the job done by the previous ruling Liberal party that they did not elect enough candidates to even maintain official party status.
Look up, up, up at Toronto’s gleaming glass towers and there’s a lot of the Bass Installation team’s handiwork on display. From the lustrous curtainwall and windows of the lofty 72-floor First Canadian Place (BMO Tower), to the 51-storey Bay and Adelaide Centre office skyscraper; and from the luxurious, 68-floor Shangri-La Hotel/Condo spire, to the prestigious Adelaide Hotel (formerly Trump International Hotel and Tower), Bass boasts some of the city’s tallest and architecturally complex structures within its prodigious projects portfolio.
The Building Envelope Conference returned to Caesars Palace in Las Vegas this past March with numbers not seen since before the Great Recession. Over 500 attendees converged on the three-day conference known as the industry’s premier building envelope event to make connections and discuss challenges and trends in the glass and glazing industry.
It’s a time of real advancement in the technology of glazed building facades. Thanks to innovations in computer and materials science, our projects can be bigger, higher-performing and more beautiful than ever before
Canadian Glass Association
July 23, 2018 - After reaching a dead-end in negotiations to renew their collective agreement and dealing with an intransigent employer, the members of Unifor’s Local 6000 of the Oldcastle unit went on strike on July 6.

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