Glass-Maker Guardian Industries Acquired by Koch Industries

November 22, 2016

Monday’s acquisition of Guardian Industries Corp. by KGIC Merger Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, portends well for the industry.

Michael Collins, managing director with Building Industry Advisors LLC in Chicago, told the US Glass News Network that the deal is a very positive sign for the glass industry.

“First, while the Koch brothers may not be household names to the same extent as Warren Buffett, their moves are watched every bit as closely by the financial community,” he said. “A very wealthy family with the means to invest in literally any asset class or industry in the world has chosen to make a large follow-on bet in the North American glass industry. That represents a noteworthy prediction of continuing success for this segment.

“Also, Koch Industries is an organization with access to vast amounts of capital, making them a great candidate to fund future investments in plants and improvements that can address the current bottleneck in the glass industry.”

He concluded, “The bet is an overwhelmingly positive sign for the glass industry.”

Guardian Industries Corporation is one of Graham’s many suppliers of glass.

Graham Welcomes Two New Associates

November 21, 2016

Graham Architectural Products welcomes the addition of two new associates.
Gina Schneider has joined Graham Architectural Products, Curtain Wall Solutions, in the position of shipping & receiving supervisor.
Gina will be responsible for planning, organizing and monitoring the shipping, receiving, storage and distribution of all items to be shipped or received from suppliers or production, …

Slight Jump for Architecture Billings Index

November 17, 2016

The Architecture Billing Index (ABI) showed renewed life in October after staggering through consecutive months of decline for the first time in four years.
The ABI, considered a leading economic indicator, reflects the lead time between architecture billings and construction, which can be up to a year.
October’s ABI was 50.8 (any score above 50 …

Honoring our Veterans

November 11, 2016

Thank you for your service!
Graham is proud of all the Veterans who are part of our team. We owe you our respect and gratitude.

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Top Left Photo (Mt. Rose):
From left to right – Ken Kyle, Derrick Girouard, Ben Myers, Bob McKeel, Rick Paul, Michael Heiland, John Herbst, Brent Henshaw, Doug Sloat and Ron Mong. Not …

National Architecture Magazine Highlights Graham’s Historic Window Expertise

November 9, 2016

Graham’s specialized expertise in historic window replication is highlighted in the November issue of Commercial Architecture Magazine.
In dozens of projects nationwide, windows from Graham Architectural Products have helped owners and developers bring new life to historic mills.
Engineering innovation, technical knowledge, and decades of experience make Graham the go-to source for entities hoping to …

Construction Planning Rebounds in October

November 8, 2016

Construction planning rebounded in October as the Dodge Momentum Index climbed 4.1 percent from its revised September reading.
The Index, according to Dodge, is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building projects in planning. These reports have been shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year.
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