Alcoa Kawneer Wins Crystal Achievement Award for Most Innovative Curtain Wall Product

September 15, 2011

Fifth time Kawneer has been recognized by Glass Magazine for innovative product

NEW YORK--Alcoa (NYSE: AA) announced that its Kawneer architectural aluminum products and systems business has been named the winner of Glass Magazine’s 2011 “Most Innovative Curtain Wall Product” Crystal Achievement Award for its Clearwall™ Curtain Wall. This is the fifth time Kawneer has been recognized with a Crystal Achievement Award.

Designed to honor innovation in the commercial, retail and fabrication markets, the Crystal Achievement Award recognize significant accomplishments in architectural glass technology, manufacturing and marketing. Kawneer’s previous awards were received for “Most Innovative Print Media,” “Most Innovative Comprehensive Marketing Program,” and “Most Innovative Web Site, Large Company.”

“We are honored to once again be recognized by Glass Magazine,” said Kimberly Ferro, Vice President, Marketing and Product Development for Kawneer North America. “Kawneer’s Clearwall™ Curtain Wall is a unique and versatile solution that meets the needs of both glaziers and architects, and we are pleased that this key industry publication has chosen to acknowledge it with a Crystal Achievement Award.”

To meet a growing demand for an admired monolithic look for low-rise applications, Kawneer introduced its Clearwall™ Curtain Wall, an innovative 4-sided toggle glazed system with a breakthrough glass retaining mechanism. As a cost-effective alternative to four-sided structural silicone glazed systems, Clearwall™ Curtain Wall’s unique toggle mechanism reduces installation labor, simplifies on-site logistics and enhances safety while providing superior aesthetics. Since its introduction, Kawneer’s Clearwall™ Curtain Wall has received tremendous response from both the glazing and architecture communities.

This year’s Crystal Achievement Award winners were featured in the September issue of Glass Magazine and recognized at GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo in Atlanta.

For more information on Kawneer or on the Clearwall™ Curtain wall, please visit

About Kawneer

With more than 100 years of innovation and experience, Kawneer North America is headquartered in Norcross, GA, and is the leading manufacturer of architectural aluminum products and systems for the commercial construction industry. Kawneer is part of Alcoa’s global Building and Construction Systems (BCS) business unit. Alcoa BCS manufactures and markets architectural systems and products in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Alcoa is the world’s leading producer and manager of primary aluminum, and alumina facilities, and is active in all major aspects of the industry. For more information on Kawneer or its products, please visit

About Alcoa

Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. In addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum industry, Alcoa innovation has been behind major milestones in the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation, consumer electronics and industrial markets over the past 120 years. Among the solutions Alcoa markets are flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as Alcoa® wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as titanium and nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral part of Alcoa’s operating practices and the product design and engineering it provides to customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for nine consecutive years and approximately 75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 59,000 people in 31 countries across the world. More information can be found at

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