Volume 42, Issue 10 - October 2007

Distribution & Production          

Aluflam Opens North American 
Manufacturing Facility in California 

Aluflam North America, a manufacturer of aluminum fire-rated doors and windows, has opened its first manufacturing facility in the United States in Huntington Beach, Calif. The 11,000-square-foot facility is intended to support the Denmark-based company’s goal of bringing its manufacturing to the United States.

According to information from the company, the new facility is 30 miles south of Los Angeles, and is positioned to help Aluflam North America expand its growing customer base in North America.

According to project manager Zac Monroe, the company decided to begin manufacturing its products in the United States so it could closely oversee quality control and reduce pricing by not having to import products. “Once we started getting our product tested and approved, obviously there were a lot of frustrations with having the product produced in Europe,” Monroe says. 

The new manufacturing facility opened in early June. “Since then we’ve been getting equipment in, and getting trained on it,” Monroe says. 

The facility currently is producing only the company’s storefront products, while curtainwall products will continue to be built in Europe. The first North American manufactured products were shipped in mid-September. www.aluflam-usa.com

Craftsman Opens New Lammy Line
Craftsman Fabricated Glass of Houston began production on its new laminated glass line in mid-September. The company plans to provide both custom laminated products and longer standardized automated runs. 

“I’m happy to report that the first test glass off the new laminated line—and then through the autoclave— went flawlessly and the output was excellent quality,” says company president Bob Lawrence. 

“We ran a bunch of 36 by 60; some went through in the equipment’s custom mode, then we let it fly in the automated mode at a speed that impressed everyone, even technicians from Bystronic—the line manufacturer. Next we get into more exotic impact glasses; some 102 inches wide, and 195-inch long pieces as well.”

Lawrence says the company is excited to begin filling orders. www.craftsmanfab.com

ACI Expands Distribution of FireLite Products
ACI Distribution has added two new distribution centers in Denver and Miami for fire-rated glazing products from Kirkland, Wash.-based Technical Glass Products (TGP). Both ACI Distribution centers are UL-certified fabricators for TGP’s FireLite® line of fire-rated glass products.

“The increase in ACI distribution centers for FireLite is providing more complete coverage across the U.S., making it even easier to obtain the number one wireless fire-rated glazing,” says Devin Bowman, national sales manager for TGP. “Because ACI will be able to cut and label FireLite products, they can stock inventory and fulfill orders quickly. We are pleased to be working with such an exceptional company and look forward to continuing and strengthening our business relationship with them.”

ACI has distributed TGP products since early 2006. www.acidistribution.com

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