Volume 44, Issue 5 - May 2009

Company News

VEKA Inc. Launches Commercial Door and Window Program

PVC profile extruder VEKA Inc., based in Fombell, Pa., has launched a commercial door and window program. The extruder says it has worked to develop products for this market for close to a year now in an effort to test the potential of these European-style doors and windows for commercial construction. 

“Although VEKA vinyl windows have been installed in commercial applications all over the world for many years, the American market has been slow to change. However, with recent and upcoming energy code changes and government programs like LEED, there is a greater demand for more energy efficient products like PVC windows which is unparalleled in the residential window and door industry as far as thermal performance is concerned,” says Kevin Seiling, general manager of the commercial window division.

The PVC products being introduced are all steel-reinforced and will be manufactured in the Pennsylvania facility, as well as by other partners in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. The product line will carry commercial (C), heavy commercial (HC) and architectural grade (AW) ratings. VEKA also is pursuing impact rating for these products and will be focusing its sales efforts on storefronts, schools and institutional projects.

“The most recent bill signed by Congress, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, tremendously helps this segment of our business as we have the perfect product that meets the energy codes that will be an important part of this act,” says Seiling. “We plan on attacking this market vigorously and will prove the viability of PVC in the commercial marketplace.” www.vekainc.com/commercial 


Bohle America Agrees to Sales Cooperation with ACW

Bohle America Inc., a manufacturer and supplier of tools, machines and consumables for glass processing and finishing with headquarters in Charlotte, N.C., has been working in cooperation with the German chemical company Aachener Chemische Werke (ACW) since March 1, 2009. The American subsidiary of the Bohle Group will take over general sales in North America of the specialist’s products for the glass industry from its current supplier, Glass Supplies Inc. Glass Supplies Inc. will be ending its association with ACW products within the next month. 

ACW has an extensive product range that includes glass cutting fluids, glass washing fluids, glass grinding and beveling coolants, separating powders, water soluble glass markers, lubricants and specialty products. www.bohle-america.com 


Grant to Help Rochester Insulated Glass Expand, Create Jobs

Grant to Help Rochester Insulated Glass Expand, Create JobsThe New York State (NYS) Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) awarded a $515,000 community development block grant to the town of Manchester in Ontario County, N.Y., that will help Rochester Insulated Glass Inc. expand.

The funding, approved in early April by DHCR’s Housing Trust Fund Corp., will make it possible for the nearly 40-year old company to acquire the new machinery and equipment it needs to complete the second phase of its expansion (see March 2008 USGlass, page 24). The company’s phase one expansion included increasing the size of the facility to 198,000 square feet and electrical upgrades.

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