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GlassBuild 2018: Tariffs, Tech, and Attendees

On Friday the 14th, GlassBuild America came to a close after three days of booths, presentations, and meetings. GlassBuild is the premier glass, window and doors expo in North America, and that showed this year. Hosted at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the venue...

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What is Tempered Glass?

 Think through your morning. Did you drive your car to work? Open a glass door to come inside? Set your coffee down on your glass-topped table? Now that you’ve scanned your office for all glass in sight and successfully freaked out the person in the cubicle beside...

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What is Stoche Glass?

Stoche is a word that is sometimes tossed around in the glass industry, but its meaning is hard to find unless somebody in the know has filled you in. Stoche is slang for glass that is not packed in a crate or any other wooden container when being shipped. Instead of...

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Canada Rejects Chinese Float Glass Plant

The Township of Guelph-Eramosa in Canada voted to reject a Xinyi Holdings glass plant on the night of July 16th. Concerns of water use for the plant were cited among the factors that lead to the decision. The proposed 2 million square-foot factory was expected to use...

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5 Best Glass Buildings in America

The United States has been a hub of architecture, engineering, and design since it became a nation. From Frank Lloyd Wright to Gehry, there have been many excellent archtects that have pushed modern design forward. In this post we will explore the best glass...

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A Look Back on the History of Glass

As we plow forward in the glass industry at Barrett Limited, we constantly look for new innovations, for more efficient ways to deliver quality products to our partners and customers. However, while looking forward is important, it is important to remember that...

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What is Chemical Tempering?

We’ve discussed tempered glass before, but so far we’ve only discussed the process of thermal tempering, or tempering using heat. This is not the only type of tempering available in the glass industry, however. Recently, chemical tempering has been on the rise in the...

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Routes to Market Pt. 4: Solar

Over the past few posts, we’ve been exploring the world of glass and how it can go from being a pile of sand to a windshield or an ornamental rocking chair. We’ve gone through automotive glass, building glass, and the overall process of how to make glass. This time,...

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Routes to Market Pt. 3: Architectural Glass

In this series, we’re looking at the many routes glass can take once it leaves the float factory. Last time, we looked at the automotive glass market, and before that we looked at how glass was created from piles of sand. This time, we’re looking at one of the largest...

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Routes to Market Pt. 2: Automotive

Last week, we discussed how float glass is madefrom huge piles of sand and shipped to consumers. Now we're going to continue that journey from fabrication to the end customer. Over the next few weeks, we will examine the routes to market for a variety of different...

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What is Bent Glass?

Bent glass, also known as curved glass, is exactly what it sounds like, glass that has been bent. It’s not quite as easy as it sounds, however. Obviously, glass is not an extremely pliable substance. Try and bend a piece yourself and we know exactly what’ll happen....

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What is Architectural Glass?

Architectural glass is a catchall term for any type of glass used for building or construction. The term, in a very general way, references any clear building material made from sand in the internal or external structure of an architectural construction. What falls...

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What is Double-Glazing?

Double-glazing, or insulated glazing as it is called in many contexts, is the end result of a process that combines multiple panes of glass into a single window or sheet. Double-glazed glass gets a lot of attention, and for good reason. There are numerous benefits to...

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The Quick Guide to Importing

Importing glass products can be a daunting prospect. There are so many variables to consider when importing even the simplest of items, and even more when you’re dealing with the complexities of sizes, packaging, and container types associated with glass. The domestic...

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