Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 02.27.2014

February 26, 2014

Today: Craig Hall, Classification (V. Dilley)

Birthdays: James Schlichting 2/25.

Next Week: Charlie Stark, All Energy Solar, “Solar Energy Today.”

Last Week:

Dr. Alan D.W. McLenaghan, the President and CEO of Sage Electrochromics, was our speaker last week.  He provided information about Sage and its parent company, Saint Gobain.

Sage Electrochromics coats window glass with patented extremely thin ceramic materials that are 1/50th the thickness of a human hair.  When low-voltage is applied, the coating darkens, allowing SageGlass to absorb unwanted heat and block the glare.  SageGlass manages the sunlight and heat that enter a building, significantly reducing energy consumption while improving natural lighting and comfort levels.

John Van Dine founded SAGE in a small laboratory in New York and in 2004 he moved SAGE to Faribault where a new 60,000-square-foot facility was built.  In 2012 an additional 324,000-square-foot high-volume manufacturing facility opened.  The Faribault – Owatonna corridor is now known as the “Silicon Valley of the window industry.”  The US Department of Energy encourages using electrochromic windows in efforts to achieve zero-energy buildings

SAGE is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, a huge multi-national firm located in 64 countries and headquartered in Paris with nearly 200,000 employees. Saint-Gobain manufactures and distributes many construction products including insulation, gypsum, roofing, abrasives, pipe, and flat glass.  Saint-Gobain also makes bottles and jars for foodstuffs and beverages.  Remember Ball Mason Jars from Muncie, Indiana?   They were acquired by Saint-Gobain in 1996.

The Saint-Gobain firm began in the seventeenth century as a glass mirror fabricator in France in competition with Venice glass manufacturers.  In 1665 Saint-Goban made the mirrors for the Palace of Versailles.

Originally from Scotland, Alan D.W. McLenaghan moved to Faribault in 2012.    

Last Week’s Guests: Northfield Chief of Police Monte Nelson (Madigan)

Scholarship Enhancement: Mike Lane


Volunteers are needed to help with Beyond Words to be held at Sibley Elementary School on Thursday, April 3, from 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm.  The Beyond Words event is a celebration of art and literacy.  All Sibley students will have work displayed. Volunteers are needed to help guide student projects.  In addition to all the displays and activities, attendees may purchase a pasta dinner and bid on silent auction gift baskets.  Please contact Chris Weber if you can volunteer.

We will be hosting a Group Study Exchange (GSE) team from Sweden April 30-May 3. We will need host families and other support for this visit. If you can help, contact Lee Dilley.

Coming Up:

Mar. 13 – Lucas Coelho, Exchange Student Presentation (Frago and Lasswell)

Mar. 20 – Robert Jacobel, Professor of Physics and Climate Scientist, “Climate Change Research in Polar Regions” (Anderson)