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 […]

Commonwealth Laminating & Coating Inc. to be Acquired by Eastman Chemical Co.

Mar 13th, 2014


Commonwealth Laminating & Coating Inc. (CLC) has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Eastman Chemical Co. “We believe that this merger will benefit CLC’s employees and customers. We have come to know that Eastman values the SunTek brand, the experience and dedication of our global workforce, our innovative products and technology, and […]

Kansas Considering Bill to Allow Darker Tint for Those with Medical Exemptions

Mar 12th, 2014

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Kansas currently is considering legislation that will allow people with medical needs such as skin cancer to have a darker tint than the currently prescribed 35 percent visible light transmission. House Bill 2471 (HB 2471) was introduced by Rep. Sydney Carlin (D-Manhattan). The proposed bill is an “act concerning individuals with light sensitivity; relating to […]

Eastman Names Vista™ “National Dealer of the Year”

Mar 12th, 2014

The recognzied Vista dealers include, from left: Nathan Saikali of APW Film in Ottowa, Ontario; Bob Viehmeyer of Del-Val Window Tint in Warminster, Pa.; Mike Castelli of Solar/Tek Window Tinting Inc. in Tampa, Fla.; Mike Wanke of Mobile Tint/A1 Glass Coating in San Antonio, Texas; Jim Brown of Suntrol in Cleveland, Ohio; and Peter Mott of Sunmaster Window Films in Napa, Calif.

Eastman Chemical Co. recently presented national and regional dealer awards at its annual Vista™ Elite Dealer Conference, held in Scottsdale, Ariz. The 2013 National Dealer of the Year Award was presented to Mobile Tint/A-1 Glass Coating of San Antonio, Texas. Mike Wanke accepted the award on behalf of his company. His business was chosen from […]

Solar Gard Holds Annual Dealer Meeting; Recognizes Top Performers

Mar 12th, 2014

Solar Gard recently recognized its top-performing dealers.

Solar Gard recently held its eighth Annual Panorama Dealer Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. In addition to educational workshops and exhibits, the company also recognized its top-performing dealers. The full list of award recipients includes: Panorama Dealer of the Year: Steve Clark, Window Innovations Inc., Brentwood, Calif.; Outstanding New Panorama Dealer: Paul Zaccaria, Atlantic Solar […]