Volume 38, Issue 10, October 2003


Guardian Opens New
Float Plant in Mexico

As part of Guardian Industries’ aggressive growth strategy, the company will build a new float glass plant in Queretaro, Mexico, north of Mexico City. The new plant, Guardian’s 24th, is expected to begin production in the third quarter of 2004, and will cost approximately $120 million to build, according to the company. The facility will employ approximately 300 people and will produce 650 tons of float glass daily for architectural and automotive applications. 

“Guardian chose to locate in Queretaro to take advantage of a strong, energetic workforce and supportive cooperative states and municipal governments,” said Mark LaCasse, Guardian’s director of Latin American operations. In addition, Quertaro’s central location will help us meet the needs of this emerging Mexican market.” 

Info visit www.guardian.com or call 248/340-1800.

Systems & Components Group 
Selected to Represent DAC

Based in Kalamazoo, Mich., Systems & Components Group LLC has been selected to represent Rural Hall, N.C.-based DAC Products Inc. in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ontario. DAC is a manufacturer of laminated panels, carrying, display and demonstration products for windows, doors, glass and components. 

“Larry [Czapla, president of Systems & Components] and I established a great working relationship when he represented our door core program in the 1990s with his former agency,” said Tony Smith, DAC president. “I’m confident that Larry and his sales associate, Ron Wilcox, will increase their customers’ awareness of our sample displays and case program.”

“DAC’s ability to use CNC cutting and milling equipment to produce components is impressive,” added Czapla. “The in-house foam fabrication, sewing and silk-screening operations will assure our customers of the highest quality craftsmanship. Customers can expect a product that will display their windows, doors or components as professionally as possible.”

Info visit www.czapla.com or call 800/435-5066.

SAF Metal Fabrication Adds Fifth Press Brake to Operations
Atlanta-based Southern Aluminum Finishing (SAF) Metal Fabrication has announced the addition of a 20-foot press brake, putting a total of five in operation. According to information from the company, capacities for producing customer sheet metal fabrication orders now range from 12 to 20 feet and 100 to 175 tons. The company says all brake presses are equipped with computerized backgages to ensure accuracy and consistency.

Likewise, SAF has invested in additional dies and new die shapes.

“We are excited about our increased capacity and we are anxious to translate this capacity into higher customer satisfaction,” said Penn McClatchey, vice president. “We have always been a customer-driven company, and the proof is in our willingness to continue to invest in equipment and services that have a direct benefit to our customers.”

Info visit www.saf.com or call 770/942-1207.

Zero Announces New Representation
Bronx, N.Y.-based Zero International has announced sales representation changes in Southern California and the Upper Midwest.

The company has appointed the A&M Group of Santa Ana, Calif., as its new sales representative in Southern California. The agency is headed by Allan Oblath, who has more than 30 years of experience in the door and hardware industry. Aiding Oblath will be Dave Tuttle, who brings more than 20 years of experience to his role on the sales team for the product line. 

In addition, the company has appointed Door Security Solutions (DSS) of Bensenville, Ill., as its representative in Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. With collective experience of 22 years as manufacturer reps and another 27 years in distribution, DSS offers a full lineup of services, including specification writing. Mike Lindsey, agency principal and manager, has more than 28 years of technical, sales, specification and DHI experience. 

Info visit www.zerointernational.com or call 800/635-5335.

MJD Opens Fabrication Plant in Syracuse
MJD Associates of CNY, a commercial glazing and fenestration supplier, has opened a 30,000-square-foot fabrication plant in Syracuse, N.Y. 

“This new facility represents a huge step forward in our capacity to serve our customers,” said Mark Donahue, a company spokesperson. “We’ve always placed a premium on technology as a means to better productivity with better products, and the innovations we’re putting to use here will provide crucial support for our other high priority: reliable service.”

The plant operates Emmigi saws and CNC centers and supports a broad product line with standard door packages and a large inventory of material and hardware components. 
Info call 315/432-8401. 


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