Volume 44, Issue 11 - November 2009



Traco Closes Knoxville Location, Consolidates
Operation in Pennsylvania

Traco, headquartered in Cranberry Township, Pa., will be closing its Johnson City, Tenn., branch later this fall. Denise Abraham, manager of marketing and communications, told USGlass that the closure will impact approximately180 jobs.

Located 100 miles from Knoxville, Tenn., the 150,000-square-foot facility has been dedicated to manufacturing commercial thermal aluminum products. With its closure, the company will be consolidating all operations solely at its headquarters, where additional hourly workers will be added to accommodate the transition.

Abraham stresses that the facility will not close until the company can be assured that customers will not experience any delays or problems with shipments.

“We won’t close that plant until there’s a complete, smooth transition of the product line from there up to this facility [in Pennsylvania], so that it does not impact anything as far as orders are concerned or delays to the customer,” Abraham said.

No specific date for closure has been announced, although due to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, which protects workers by requiring most employers with 100 or more employees to provide notification of 60 calendar days in advance of plant closings and mass layoffs, it will not be before November 23.

“It’s when everything is moved, it won’t be before November 23, the date that we gave the employees,” Abraham said, adding, “but when it’s moved and things are operational and functional, there will not be a delay.”

Earlier this year, Traco announced the closure of its facility in Bainbridge, Ga. (see April 2009 USGlass, page 18).

Northern Building Products and ALUMIL Announce Partnership
Northern Building Products Inc. in Teterboro, N.J., has announced its new affiliation with Greek engineered wall systems solutions provider ALUMIL. Through the agreement, Northern is now the exclusive fabricator of ALUMIL products for the United States.

“ALUMIL is excited to have Northern’s manufacturing expertise on board to assure all U.S. clients of first class fabrication techniques and local support,” says Kyp Bazenikas, president of ALUMIL NA.


Oldcastle Glass Closes D.C.-Area Facility
The Oldcastle Glass® D.C., manufacturing facility located in Warrenton, Va., was scheduled to close at the end of October. All open orders were sent to either the Moorestown, N.J., plant or to Rock Hill, S.C. The closing was not expected to affect deliveries or production.

Intermac America and Emmegi USA Announce Joint Sales Collaborationa
Intermac America and Emmegi USA have signed agreements to cross market each other’s products in the glass, stone, aluminum and wood industries throughout North America. The relationship between the two companies spans years, as both have common roots in Italy and the United States through doing business with each other for a number of years and serving different segments of the same markets.

Emmegi manufactures, sells and services 3- to 6-axis machining centers and production systems serving the fenestration and commercial glass markets. Intermac manufactures, sells and services CNC work centers, cutting tables and glass handling machinery, double edgers, waterjet machines, tempering ovens and drilling machines for the same markets. Both companies will continue to sell their products through their established dealer networks, as well as directly support their customers through already established service and spare parts departments.

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