Volume 39, Issue 8, August  2004


Oldcastle Glass® Announces Acquisition of Floral Glass Group

Oldcastle Glass has announced the acquisition of the Floral Glass Group, a glass fabricator and distributor serving the Northeast United States. With three locations, Hauppauge, N.Y., Cheshire, Conn., and East Rutherford, N.J., Chuck Kaplanek, president of the Floral Glass Group, said all operations would become Oldcastle companies.

While Floral Glass has been family-owned and operated for 49 years, Kaplanek is optimistic about the acquisition.

"It brings the ability for us to draw on the expertise of Oldcastle, and they felt we were of paramount importance in what they are doing in the Northeast," said Kaplanek. "Oldcastle will allow us to run our operations as we have in the past; we've been successful in the past and they don't want to change that. But it gives us new strength and allows Floral to have a new and significantly improved five-year plan."

Ted Hathaway, Oldcastle Glass chief executive officer, also expects the acquisition to strengthen Oldcastle Glass' position in the Northeast.

"Floral has been a leading supplier of high-performance and custom glass products to the architectural and commercial glazing communities and has an outstanding reputation in the dynamic Northeast corridor, including New York, Boston and Philadelphia," said Hathaway.

Solar Seal Company Announces Expansion Plans

The Solar Seal Company has announced plans to expand operations by 20,000 square feet, bringing it close to 100,000 square feet in total area.

“We are very excited about gaining some more warehouse and manufacturing space,” said Frederic Shaw, president. “We plan to add a new Tamglass Super Convection tempering system by the end of the summer, as well as adding a new cutting line, allowing us to service our customers better with both higher quality and quicker product turnaround than ever before.”

According to the company’s announcement, the new tempering line will bring the maximum size glass Solar Seal can temper to 96- by 180-inches. The company will also be able to temper 1/8-inch glass.

Solar Seal also plans to unveil a new logo that will represent its growth and expansion.

Arch Aluminum & Glass to Expand to Metro Denver Area to Metro Denver Area

Arch Aluminum & Glass of Tamarac, Fla., has announced it will be opening its 23rd facility this fall in the metro Denver area. The facility will include an insulating line, tempering furnace, spandrel line and complete fabrication department featuring polishing, hole drilling and notches. In addition, Arch will distribute its in-house manufactured mirrors, laminated and decorative glass products and its architectural aluminum.

“We are excited to enter a solid marketplace such as Denver and look forward to showing [the area] the quality, service and production that we can provide,” said Leon Silverstein, president and chief executive officer. “Overall we feel confident that we’ll build our business there the right way, and we’ll support the customer base there, as well as take care of all of our partners nationwide.”
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