Volume 41, Issue 9 - September 2006


C. R. Laurence Opens Expanded Branch Facility in Chicago Suburbs

C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL), headquartered in Los Angeles, has completed construction of its new warehouse and distribution facility in Elgin, Ill. 

The new 75,000-square-foot building was constructed as a “high cube” storage building. According to information from the company, with the extra height that “high cube” construction provides, inventory can be stored up to 20-feet high, equating to 125,000 to 150,000 square-feet of storage space.

Chairperson of the board and chief executive officer Donald E. Friese said the new facility will provide customers with fast, efficient service and increased inventory. It is located in the Northwest Business Park, in Elgin. Harry Kuffel is the branch manager. 

Vistawall Opens New Philadelphia Service Center 
Vistawall Architectural Products has opened a new service center in Philadelphia. The new facility, which will be managed by Alan Hilton, offers glazing contractors a variety of storefront systems, stock entrances and a wide selection of hardware and accessories. The facility is one of 19 Vistawall distribution facilities across the country.

Guardian to Fire Up New Furnace 
Guardian Industries of Auburn Hills, Mich., will begin a furnace repair later this year at its Corsicana, Texas, plant.

With an increasing focus on energy conservation, especially in the Southwest, Guardian representatives say the repair reinforces the need for its ever-expanding glass fabrication business, including production of low-E glass products. The Corsicana line produces low-E coated glass that meets Texas energy code standards.

“We’re hoping this repair will enable us to operate the facility for decades to come,” said Russ Ebeid, president of the company’s Glass Group. “Employees are paid throughout the repair period and there are no layoffs.”

The repair is scheduled to begin December 1, 2006.

Technoform Names New Sales Organizations to Sell I-Spacer™ 
Technoform of Cleveland has enlisted more than a dozen representatives of six sales organizations to sell its high-performance I-Spacer™ insulating glass spacer to window manufacturers throughout North America.

From Durkin & Associates, Mike Durkin will represent the company in New York; Brian Durkin, in Eastern Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia; and Brian Martineau in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Tennessee and Virginia.

Ted Paetkau of Fci will represent the company in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

John Grilli of JRT Sales will serve as the representative for Ontario, Quebec and Canada’s Maritime Provinces.

For Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island Bob MacGregor of Mac Sales will be the representative and for Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington Wanda Seaver and Dan Seaver of SeVan Sales will serve as sales representatives. 

Mike Monaghan, Jon Neely, Ken Johnson, Jon Shulsky and Shannon Carlin of Stern & Company will serve as the representatives for Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Western New York, Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Mid-Am Metal Forming Opens South Carolina Plant
Mid-Am Metal Forming has moved to a new facility in Williston, S.C. The company says the new plant doubles existing square footage and offers new forming, fabrication and machining capabilities to support the architectural metal industry.

Tem-Pace Inc. Expands
Tem-Pace of Niles, Mich., is adding an additional 24,000 square-feet of space to its existing facility. The company says the addition will bring its total size to more than 100,000 square-feet under roof on approximately 14 acres. 

According to Tem-Pace, the expansion is the result of its growing new decorative glass line, SculpturLite.

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