Glass plant breaking expectations

Federal government gives AGNORA $3.7 million for R&D, expansion COLLINGWOOD — A west end manufacturing facility has spent the last six months smashing through the glass ceiling.

Well, maybe that's not the best analogy for the maker of architectural glass. But there's no question the employees at AGNORA — otherwise known as Architectural Glass North America — spend their days solving how to do the impossible for its clients.

"Every day we have projects like that, and we have to figure out how to make it," said Richard Wilson, who along with Caledon's Gord Tozer, resuscitated what was Barber Glass last spring, after the former company fell into court-order receivership.

On Friday, the federal government also put its faith into the company, giving the 25-employee plant $3.71 million in funding through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. The money will help the company expand its production volume and architectural glass offerings , increase product quality, and enhance the energy conservation properties of the products.

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600450 Glass plant breaking expectations
Date: 12 March 2012

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