Volume 43, Issue 11 - November 2008


Glass Companies Branch Out into Metalcon

Metalcon, sponsored by the Metal Construction Association, was held October 1-3, 2008, at the Baltimore Convention Center. Among metal companies such as Petersen Aluminum, Firestone Metal Products and Alcoa Architectural Products, glass-related companies were scarce. According to Douglas Derusha, national sales manager for Los Angeles-based C.R. Laurence (CRL), glass companies can find a benefit in visiting shows such as Metalcon as more metal companies are looking to learn about glass.

“We’re finding metal fabricators are integrating glass into their business,” he said, “just like the glass guys have integrated metal into their business.”

Of course, as David Bell, vice president of Quality Metalcrafts, in Ramsey, Minn., noted, “Everybody’s trying to diversify.”

Quality Metalcrafts produces a wide variety of architectural metal products, so it’s a company that’s well familiar with diversification.

Plyco Corp. in Elkhart Lake, Wis., was another exhibiting company that plans to branch out into a new direction. The commercial door manufacturer will begin adding residential doors to its product line, reported national sales and marketing manager Fred Mancusi.

“We’ll catch it as it’s going up,” Mancusi said.

Wintech in Monett, Mo., was branching out as well. The company was a quasi-first-time exhibitor at Metalcon. As Robert Berger, president, explained, several other booths at the show featured Wintech windows, as they have in the past, but they weren’t branded as such.

“We’re here to begin branding,” he said.

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