Volume 37, Issue 6, June 2002


C.R. Laurence to Double Headquarters Facility

Los Angeles-based C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) has begun an extensive expansion of the company's headquarters and warehouses. The expansion includes the purchase of adjacent properties and the subsequent razing of existing structures on these properties. When the project is finished, CRL will have expanded from 150,000 square feet to 60,000 square feet of office space and 250,000 square feet of warehouse area.

CRL has also purchased property several blocks from its headquarters in Los Angeles. Later this year, the company plans to relocate its manufacturing facilities in Gardena, Calif., and consolidate them there.

"We believe our expanded facility will not only increase efficiency and raise our level of service to our customers, but it is also a good business decision," said CRL president and chief executive officer Don Friese. "Having manufacturing combined into one entity will streamline our manufacturing process and eliminate redundancy."

EFCO Purchases Two CNC Machines
EPCO The EFCO Corp. of Monett, Mo., has announced that it has purchased two computer- numeric-control machining centers manufactured by Emmegi, a division of the Emme Group of Italy. The machines have already begun production.

“We looked at simplifying our production tooling requirements,” said Jay Triplett, vice president of manufacturing. “CNC machines made the most sense and offered the best value in our particular case.”

The first machine, the Index model, is a three-axis milling center that fabricates storefront door and frame extrusions and accommodates extrusions up to 255 inches long and more than 16 inches deep.

The second machine, the Satellite model, is a five-axis milling and sawing center. According to EFCO, the five-axis configuration facilitates complex fabrication often found in window joinery. It accommodates extrusions as long as 255 inches and up to 31 ½ inches deep.



AEC Forms ET Foundation
The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC), which is based in Wauconda, Ill., has formed a charitable and scientific foundation to serve the interests of the aluminum-extrusion industry. The foundation, which will be called the Extrusion Technology for Aluminum Profiles Foundation (ET Foundation), will develop, promote, provide and fund education and research related to aluminum extrusion processes and technology. The foundation will operate independently of the AEC.

The ET Foundation will now take on some of the programs previously conducted by the AEC, including the Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition and the International Aluminum Extrusion Technology seminars held every four years.

SGCD Names Award Winners
The Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorators (SGCD) recognized its Discovery Award winners during its annual show and technical seminar in Arlington, Va., February 23-26. Judges included Holly Carter, marketing director for USGlass magazine, Arn Berstein of ASI and Norb Buddenbohn of Baltimore Glassware Decorators and a past SGCD president.

Lenox China won the “Best of Show“ award for its White House-commissioned “Clinton Service“ tableware commemorating the White House's 100th anniversary. The ware was decorated with raised paste and hand-applied precious metal.

In addition, the judges awarded their own “Best of Show“ award o Design Point Decal of Rye, N.Y., for its Yankee stadium, screen-printed, four-panel, water-slide decal on porcelain.

CCI Offers Variety of Ceramics Courses
The Ceramic Correspondence Institute (CCI), an educational service of the American Ceramic Society, is offering a number of classes, including ceramic laboratory procedures, ceramic processing, effective business writing, electronic ceramics, fundamentals of ceramic technology, glass technology, glaze technology and art, physical properties of ceramic materials, refractory technology and statistical process control for ceramics and glass.

In addition, certificate programs are offered for students interested in certifying as a ceramic laboratory technician, ceramic manufacturing technologist, electronics manufacturing technologist, glass manufacturing technologist and refractories manufacturing technologist.

IBA Secures New Projects
IBA Consultants has taken on three new projects on the coast of Sarasota, Fla.: Beau Ciel, Sarasota Bay Club and Somerset Cay (all of which are luxury condominium towers). The company will provide pre-construction design review to verify the adequacy of drawings, calculations and specifications for each project; job site inspections to verify compliance with construction documents, codes and industry standards; and job site testing to confirm performance of installed products and systems.

"With our expansion into the Southwest Florida market, we are very excited to add three high-end projects to our growing client roster," said Mark Baker, president of IBA. 

Linetec Activates New Flat-Line Finisher
Wausau, Wis.-based Linetec has added a fully automated, 4-side extrusion paint finisher for Polywood® products and plastic materials to its paint and anodizing plant.

“It's one of just a few machines in the country that can handle 4-sided, single-pass finishing,” said Scott Platta, senior vice president of the Polywood program. The machine features a patented, Linetec-proprietary application process and automatically paints and bakes 4-sided material in one pass.

According to the company, the new machine is more efficient than its predecessor.

“Other flat-line units use spring clips to rack and handle material. These left marks at each end that customers had to cut off, representing 1 to 2 percent material waste. Now that waste is eliminated,” Platt said.

In addition, the company said the new flat-line machine is capable of producing hard, mar-resistant finishes using forced air and infrared heat to set finishes, along with a cooling stage in the process.

PGT Teams Up with Fla. Alliance for Safe Homes
The Tallahassee-based Florida Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) has named PGT Industries of Venice, Fla., as a strategic partner. In this role, PGT will provide FLASH with technical support and materials and expertise for numerous demonstration projects, including the organization's Blueprint for Safety consumer and builder educational outreach program. 

“Our expertise in developing impact-resistant windows and doors, paired with FLASH's excellent outreach program, will provide both builders and consumers with the information they need to ensure homes are built to adequately meet the challenges of Florida living,” said Julie Heinsman, PGT vice president of marketing.

In addition, PGT Industries is offering a CILB registered provider course, entitled “Structural Changes in the New Florida Building Code and Designing for Windborne Debris Protection” to builders, contractors and building officials. The course is offered at the company's headquarters in Venice.

Wilmington, Del.-based DuPont won the National Building Museum's 2002 honor award for its numerous contribution of inventions and scientific achievements over its last 200 years in business 


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