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Top stories of 2013

January 2, 2014  ByPatrick Flannery

janus_1It's time to bid a fond farewell to 2013 with a look back at the year's top stories. Here's wishing all our readers and supporters a prosperous 2014.


Duties slapped on Chinese unitized curtain wall imports

On Nov. 19, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal found
that unitized curtain wall modules exported from China "threaten to cause
injury" to the Canadian curtain wall manufacturing industry, triggering
steep anti-dumping and countervailing duties on Chinese curtain wall entering
the country. The decision made permanent the provisional duties applied by the Canadian
Border Service Agency in July 2013.



Triple Seal becomes Saand, buys Guardian Rexdale  

Toronto-based Triple Seal bought the Guardian Rexdale
facility from Guardian Industries Canada in July, adding laminated glass to its
fabrication product line as well as increased capacity for tempering,
fabricating and IG units. Later in the year, the group announced a complete
re-branding under the name Saand
designed to unite its business units and eliminate confusion associated with overlapping
uses of the Triple Seal name.

photo_00000077_midApogee acquires Alumicor

Enterprises announced in November it had acquired 100 per cent of the
stock of Toronto-based Alumicor
, which finishes and fabricates aluminum frames for window, storefront,
entrance and curtainwall products for the Canadian commercial construction
industry, for approximately $52 million from majority shareholder Fulcrum
Capital Partners and six minority shareholders.


Intertek takes ATI 

Intertek Group agreed to acquire Architectural Testing in
December, one of the largest building products testing and certification
companies in North America. Intertek will purchase the company from private
equity firm Wafra Partners and the management shareholders for a total cash
consideration of $95 million U.S.

trulitefloorTrulite introduces new CEO

Trulite Glass and Aluminum Solutions announced the
appointment of a new CEO, Paul Schmitz, last January. Schmitz replaced Jeff
Leone who, for the previous two and a half years, was responsible for the
successful integration of three companies: Arch, UGC and Vitro. The board thanked
Leone for his numerous contributions and for making progress toward becoming an
industry-leading glass and aluminum provider.


New trade show for commercial glaziers launched  

Glass Canada magazine, in partnership with the Canadian
Glass Association, the Ontario Glass and Metal Association and top industry
suppliers Tremco and Alumicor, has launched Top Glass – a new conference and exhibits
event for the commercial glass construction sector. Taking place May 28, 2014,
at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ont., Top Glass will feature seminars
certified for continuing education credits, networking opportunities and
displays from top industry suppliers.

 bowman-skyscrapersOntario College of Trades stands pat on apprenticeship ratios

Saying the present apprenticeship system "works well," the Ontario
College of Trades left the apprentice-to-journeyperson ratio for the
Architectural Glass and Metal Technician trade unchanged in its ratio review
decision made Feb. 19. The ratio in Ontario remains at one apprentice allowed
for the first journeyperson employed, then one additional apprentice for every
two journeypersons employed thereafter. OCOT regulations regarding
apprenticeships came into force April 8. The ratios will be reviewed again in

Rules tightened on pre-start inspections

On September 1, 2013, the government of Ontario repealed
section 12.(3)(a) of the Professional Engineers Act, which previously allowed
individuals to oversee or carry out certain professional engineering work
without having a P.Eng. licence. The repeal will mean that all professional
engineering work on industrial equipment and machinery will need to be under
the oversight of a licensed professional engineer.

beckAllison Beck passes

Insulating Glass Manufacturer's Alliance administrator,
Allison Beck, passed away on April 23. The IGMA released a statement saying,
"It is with great sadness that the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance
today announced the passing of Allison Beck, IGMA’s administrator, after a
brave battle with cancer.  Allison passed away at the Ottawa General
Hospital surrounded by her family and lots of love."

Clark visits Garibaldi Glass Day

Glazing fabricator Garibaldi welcomed B.C. premier Christy
Clark to its annual Garibaldi Glass Day open house in Burnaby, B.C. Clark
congratulated Garibaldi on the event and made remarks about the importance of
manufacturing to the B.C. economy. About 250 people attended the event to take
in seminars and plant tours.

rick_zoulek_9-3Zoulek named VP flat glass for Guardian

Industries named Rick Zoulek vice-president for North American flat
glass operations in September. Zoulek assumed oversight of all aspects of the
North American flat glass business and was tasked to position the company for
continued long-term profitable growth. He had established a strong track record
of innovation and commercial leadership in growing businesses throughout his

Hendrick takes over U.S. Aluminum for CRL  

Laurence has announced the appointment of Gerald Hendrick as president
of its U.S. Aluminum division. With 30 years of industry experience, Hendrick
was brought on to support the continued growth of the CRL-U.S. Aluminum brand.
Hendrick had held senior management positions with Assa Abloy and, most
recently, Dorma USA, where he acted as president of the entrance systems
division and previously senior vice-president of sales. He came to C.R.
Laurence with diverse experience and mastery in organizational management,
operations, production, sales, and strategy development. He brings a fresh
perspective on the glazing industry from his 10 years’ experience as executive
vice-president of Atlanta Door Controls, a regional glazing contractor.


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