Volume 40,   Issue 2                             February  2005


CRL Building New Branch Distribution Facility in Houston

Los Angeles-based C.R. Laurence Co., Inc. (CRL) is building a new branch distribution facility in Houston. 

“This move brings our operations closer to our customers in Southern Texas,” said Donald E. Friese, president and chief executive officer. “The construction of this facility demonstrates our deep commitment to the Texas market.”

According to a company news release, the new, 42,500-square-foot distribution center will serve the Southern regions of Texas, as well as customers in Louisiana, Mississippi, and parts of Mexico. The facility will feature shipping equipment and computer systems for UPS delivery to customers. A will call department will allow customers to pick up orders on site, and the facility will feature a display area where customers can see many of the company’s newest products, including full-size, working models of architectural hardware products, shower door hardware, railing systems and transaction hardware. 

The company’s existing branch in Dallas will continue to serve Northern Texas, as well as Oklahoma and Arkansas.

“We have enjoyed many years in Dallas and are pleased to be expanding our capabilities within Texas,” Friese added. “This area is a major growth market and is very important to our own advancement as the leading supplier to the glass industry. This new facility will not only raise our level of service to our customers in that region, but is also a good business decision.”
crlaurence.com or call 800/421-6144.

PPG Announces Plant Expansion
Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries has announced it will be expanding the capacity at its flat glass plant in Wichita Falls, Texas, to better meet the increasing demand for low-E glass, and to also accommodate future generations of energy-efficient, high-performance products. 

PPG is investing $40 million to install a magnetic-sputtered vacuum deposition system in Wichita Falls. The system will enable the plant to produce Solarban™ 60 solar control low-E glass.

“PPG was a trailblazer in the development of solar-control glass more than 70 years ago, and our investment in Wichita Falls will expand our company’s ability to supply products with an unsurpassed selection of aesthetic and solar control capabilities,” said Mark Orcutt, vice president of flat glass. “Architects and builders require energy-efficient glass to meet their customers’ demands as well as increasingly expanding building codes. PPG has the products and the capacity to meet those needs today and into the future.”
Completion of the expansion is expected for the first half of 2006.

Ultrafab and Collins Toker Announce Joint Stocking Distribution Agreement
A.C. Engelfried, president and chief executive officer of Ultrafab Inc. in Farmington, N.Y., and Roland Toker of Collins Toker Agencies Ltd., located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, have announced a joint stocking distribution agreement. 

According to the announcement, Collins Toker Agencies will stock, sell and distribute Ultrafab’s weatherseal products to window and door companies in the Western Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
The agreement goes into effect in the first quarter of this year.
www.ultrafab.com or call 800/535-1050.

GGI Appointed as Bischoff Glastechnik’s Exclusive North American Distributor
BGT Bischoff Glastechnik AG (BGT) of Bretten, Germany, has appointed General Glass International (GGI) of Secaucus, N.J., its exclusive representative for architectural glass in North America.

Through the partnership, GGI will offer the following BGT products in North America: Bi-Step walk-on structural glass flooring with a code-compliant, slip-resistant surface for use in floors, bridges, landings and stairs; Bi-Color, large dimension (106 by 236 nches) decorative and functional silkscreened or printed glass for exterior and interior applications; Bi-Fixed Point, fully engineered point-supported structural glazing systems; Bi-Radar, radar damping glass to prevent image reflection; and Bi-Combiset, laminated bullet- and blast-resistant glass for high-level security applications.
www.generalglass.com or call 800/431-2042.

Westcrowns Opens Distribution Center in California
Westcrowns Inc. of Shallotte, N.C., has opened a second regional U.S. distribution center. Serving the West Coast, the new location will be just south of Oakland, Calif., and will be called Westcrowns Norcal. Joe Hardman of Hardman Glazing will run the operation.
Westcrowns Norcal will supply Profilit™ channel glass products from Bakersfield, Calif., to the Oregon border and from Reno, N.V. to the coast. The facility will also focus on supplying and installing materials for small- to mid-sized residential and commercial projects.
“We’ll have the most requested Profilit products in stock, along with popular framing inventory and other essentials,” said Hardman. “And we’ll have special order options available from North Carolina or Germany.” 
www.westcrowns.com or call 910/579-4441.

Desert Glass Products Plans Expansion
Desert Glass Products, based in Las Vegas, has announced plans to open a distribution center in Phoenix. According to a company news release, the new facility will more than double its delivery capacity in Phoenix and provide a regular delivery service as well as a pickup location for customers in that area. The company plans a January 5, 2005, opening for the new center. 

“Our success in the Phoenix area is dependent upon our supplying the region’s highest quality fabricated glass products with constantly improving service,” said Larry Jaynes, president. “This expansion will ensure we will be able to continue that success.”
www.desertglassproducts.com or call 702/657-8090. 

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