Happy New Year: A Look at the Top Ten Stories of 2012

7. Contract Glazier American Architectural Inc. Files for Chapter 11: While the latest bankruptcy story is always a sad one for the industry, USGlass readers still tune in to hear when another occurs—and the same was true when American Architectural Inc., a Bensalem, Pa.-based contract glazier, filed for Chapter 11 in June. The company listed unsecured claims totaling $3.9 million. The filing included industry creditors such as TAD Metals Inc. with a claim of $692,510.73; Safti First with a claim of $236,598.335; JE Berkowitz LP with a claim of $117,106.88,and OldcastleBuilding Envelope’s Hauppauge, N.Y.-based office, with a claim of $97,764.53, among others.

8. Details Unfold in Arrest of Arizona Shower Door Owner for Alleged Conspiracy to Kill Wife: While the arrest of former Arizona Shower Door president Fred (“Spike”) Knadler drew the interest of readers, so did the release of the accompanying police report. The report revealed a number of details about the case, including allegations that Knadler hired an employee, Patrick King, to help get rid of both his wife’s body and the car.

9. Hearing in Trainor Glass Bankruptcy Case Continued to April 10: From closing to bankruptcy, even the smaller reports about Trainor Glass garnered massive attention from readers, including this story, which reported that a hearing to review the company’s motion to grantadequate protection and provide security and other relief to creditor First Midwest Bank was continued to April 10. According to court documents, at the time of its bankruptcy filing, Trainor owed First Midwest approximately $34 million.

10. CBO Glass Faces Lawsuit: The aforementioned suits filed by pension funds continued in April when CBO Glass of Alden, N.Y., was sued by the International Painters and Allied Trades Industry Pension Fund for failing “to pay amounts due under the Labor Contracts, Trust Agreements and Plan.” The suit also included two of the company’s officials, Gilbert DiMaio, president and CEO, and Paul F. Hogan, principal. DiMaio and Hogan have filed a motion requesting that the case be dismissed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, where the case is pending. That motion is still awaiting review by the court.

Were there any stories you expected to be in the top ten that weren’t? What do you think will be the biggest stories of 2013? Please email pstacey@glass.com.

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