Convenience Group Turns 40

Mar 26th, 2014

Toronto-based Convenience Group began in company president George Turjanica’s south Etobicoke basement in 1974, when 3M selected his company as a dealer for its window film products. The company, which is a master distributor and 3M dealer, turns 40 this year. “We extend our sincere thanks to our dedicated team, 3M our supplier partner and […]

Getting it for a Steal – Prevent Embezzlement and Theft in Your Window Film Shop

Mar 26th, 2014

Is it possible to be too focused on providing quality installations to customers? Perhaps, say several window film shop owners and such a focus can have a number of costly unanticipated consequences. Ken Steele, owner of Solar Shade and Truck and Car Paradise in Waynesville, Ohio, says not focusing closely enough on his company finances […]

New-Home Sales Continue to Trend Relatively Flat in February

Mar 26th, 2014

Sales of newly built, single-family homes fell 3.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 440,000 units in February, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. “We still expect 2014 will be a strong year for housing,” says NAHB chief economist David […]

February Construction Unchanged from January, McGraw Hill Reports

Mar 26th, 2014

At a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $486.7 billion, new construction starts in February were nearly the same as in January, according to McGraw Hill Construction, a division of McGraw Hill Financial. According to the report, the flat pace for total construction starts in February was due to a mixed performance by major sector—less nonresidential […]

Architecture Billings Index Shows Slight Improvement

Mar 26th, 2014

After starting out the year on a positive note, there was another minor increase in the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) last month, according to the latest report from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The ABI reflects the approximate nine- to 12-month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The AIA reported that the […]

Filmtack Announces Window Film Carbon Emission Reduction Calculator

Mar 19th, 2014

Filmtack announced that it has completed the development of a window films Carbon Emission Reduction Calculator (CERC) tool for air-conditioning systems in joint-collaboration with Japanese associates. The findings currently are being reviewed by independent third-party auditors before publication. The CERC tool is expected to be available by mid-2014. According to officials from Filmtack in a […]

Glass Apps Appoints William Ostrander as Chief Technology Officer

Mar 18th, 2014

Glass Apps has appointed William Ostrander to the role of chief technology officer. Ostrander most recently served as vice president and general manager at Citala US. He will report to Thomas Lee, CEO, and will focus on customer needs and product quality. “As we continue to expand our business, both domestic and international, we depend […]

Builder Confidence Treads Water in March

Mar 18th, 2014

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose one point to 47 on the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). “A number of factors are raising builder concerns over meeting demand for the spring buying season,” says NAHB chief economist David Crowe. “These include a shortage of […]

Housing Starts Hold Steady in February

Mar 18th, 2014

Nationwide housing starts were virtually unchanged in February, inching down 0.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 907,000 units, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Census Bureau. “While housing construction is in a recent lull due to unusual weather conditions, we expect to […]

Construction Employment Increases in 38 States

Mar 18th, 2014

Construction firms added jobs in 38 states between January 2013 and January 2014, while 27 states experienced construction employment gains between December and January, according to an analysis this week by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) of Labor Department data. “Especially considering the fact many parts of the country experienced very harsh weather […]