Volume 41, Issue 11 - November 2006


Truseal Technologies Co-locates with Besten Equipment in Solon, Ohio
Truseal Technologies Inc., a provider of warm edge spacer systems for insulating glass (IG), has moved into a new facility. Associated Quanex Corporation business Besten Equipment will soon follow Truseal into the new headquarters in Solon, Ohio. Besten assembles and supplies equipment utilized in the fabrication and glazing of insulating glass units. The relocation alleviates space concerns at both organizations due to recent growth and enables a centralization of resources to further improve operating efficiencies, according to a Truseal news release.

The leased 81,000-square-foot building at 6680 Parkland Blvd. is located just minutes from the former locations of both Truseal and Besten. Truseal’s headquarters, R&D and sales-related team of 45 employees will be joined by both the administrative and equipment manufacturing associates of the Besten operations at the new facility. Truseal’s manufacturing operations are located in Barbourville, Ky.

“Our new space enables us to further integrate our operations and take advantage of natural synergies that exist between us,” said A.J. “Gus” Coppola, president of Truseal Technologies. “The move will enable our continued growth, while fostering greater collaboration and product innovation between Truseal and Besten.” 

Salem Distributing Recognized for Business Growth
Salem Distributing Co. of Winston-Salem, N.C., has been recognized as one of the Triad area’s FAST 50. 

The Business Journal’s FAST 50 Awards Program recognizes business growth in the 12 counties in North Carolina that form the Triad area. According to information provided, this year’s awards continue to honor the success of private businesses and their owners whose growth and contributions have made a positive impact on the Triad’s economic success.

Salem is in its second year of 100-percent employee ownership, and, according to information from the company, has made strides in a corporate restructuring initiative designed to better serve and grow its customer base. The results yielded 15-percent growth in the first half of 2006 compared to the first half of 2005. 

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EFCO Corp. Adds Features to Website
EFCO Corp. of Monett, Mo., has launched a comprehensive suite of web-based product tools for the industry. These tools include an engineering detail library (EDL), wind load chart generator and E-BEAM. 

Visitors to www.efcocorp.com can create, view and print a windload chart for almost any curtainwall and storefront mullion in the extensive offering with the click of a few buttons. 

E-BEAM allows users to enter multi-span curtainwall sections at virtually any combination of design, wind pressure and deflection combinations. The program will then size the appropriate mullions from a library of available curtainwall mullions and tell the user if steel reinforcement is required in partial spans. 

The primary function of the EDL application is to assist in the creation of shop drawings or architectural details using EFCO products. The EDL allows external users to access the same detail library used by EFCO in-house drafters. The program features drag-and-drop technology using hatchIT!™ for insertion into AutoCAD® or any .dwg compatible CAD package. New features include: Windows® Explorer style interface with a directory tree for easy navigation; a new drawing viewer that allows zooming and printing and the ability to locate accessories by product type; and instant updates via the online connection. 

Vistamatic Appoints New RegionalSales Agents
Vistamatic Ltd., the UK-based manufacturer of vision panels, has appointed Pickerington, Ohio’s Door Control Consultants Inc. as its sales agent for Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, Indiana, West Virginia and Kentucky.

The company also appointed Rutherford Ventures Inc. as its Canadian sales agent. 

“Rutherford’s more than 30 years experience in the glass business was a perfect match for us in Canada, and we see the potential for our product being specified in many upcoming projects,” said Kevin Roth, president of Vistamatic’s U.S. division.

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