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Bill O'Keeffe | Oct 19, 2020

Going virtual

Manufacturers use virtual platforms to help architects meet CEU requirements. 

Bill O'Keeffe | Jul 16, 2020


"Revolutional, affordable, USA made Fire Rated Glazing for all fire protective areas makes ceramic glazing obsolete". Check out SuperClear 45-HS and SuperClear 45-HS-LI to understand why!

Bill O'Keeffe | Feb 10, 2020

USA-made fire rated glazing goes big in 2020

We are pleased to announce and share that the second phase of this $8 million expansion, upgrading our fire rated glass manufacturing facilities in Merced, California, is underway.

Bill O'Keeffe | Nov 20, 2019

Demand for advanced, USA-made fire rated glazing “RAISES THE ROOF”

With architects specifying full-vision, code-compliant, 60 and 90 minute, temperature rise doors for exit stairwells and other code required applications, we found this as an opportunity to expand our product offerings.

Bill O'Keeffe | Jun 13, 2019

Fire rated glass embraces low-iron glass trend with innovative new products

All the benefits of using low-iron glass are now possible with a USA-made fire rated glass.

Bill O'Keeffe | Mar 4, 2019

A best practice savings strategy when specifying 45 minute fire protective glass

New technology allows designers the freedom of large expanses of glazing at less than the cost of standard wall construction.

Bill O'Keeffe | Jan 17, 2019

New year, new fire rated glass game-changer: Introducing SuperClear 45-HS-LI

SuperClear 45-HS-LI is a vast improvement to all 45 minute products because for the first time, we now have an affordable, totally clear, USA-made 45 minute glass product that meets all the fire, safety and hose stream requirements of 45 minute doors, sidelites, transoms and openings.

Bill O'Keeffe | Nov 26, 2018

Why “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” doesn’t work!

I refused to believe that wire glass, which has been used in the US for over 100 years, was the only fire rated glazing option.

Bill O'Keeffe

Bill O'Keeffe
SAFTI FIRST Fire Rated Glazing Solutions

About the Author: Bill O’Keeffe is the President and CEO of SAFTI FIRST Fire Rated Glazing Solutions, a leading USA-manufacturer of advanced fire rated glass and framing systems.  An industry veteran and innovator with over 45 years of experience in architectural glazing, he was first to introduce and manufacture clear, fire resistive glazing products in the US.  He is also a safety advocate who exposed the dangers of traditional wired glass, which lead to code changes and fire rated glass products that are safe, affordable and clear alternatives to traditional wired glass.  Today, Bill continues to develop building products that enable architects to create beautiful, safe and energy-efficient spaces with advanced glazing systems.

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