CRL Expands Headquarters,
Opens New Branch in Florida
C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) has begun construction of a new 60,000-square-foot
facility at its headquarters’ complex in Los Angeles. The facility is
being built on recently purchased acreage across the street from the headquarters.
“This construction allows us to increase our warehouse space and stock
even more inventory for our customers,” says Donald E. Friese, chairperson
and chief executive officer. “With this new addition, CRL’s distribution
and manufacturing operations in Los Angeles will total more than 660,000
The company also has opened a new 55,000-square-foot branch distribution
facility in Sunrise, Fla., northwest of Miami and west of Ft. Lauderdale.
This new branch will serve all of South Florida, and will export orders
to customers Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. The
company’s Orlando branch will continue to serve Central and Northern Florida.
Jack Devine serves as branch manager of the new facility.
GANA-IGMA Merger No Longer “On the Horizon”
During the Glass Association of North America’s (GANA) Fall Conference
in September, GANA executive vice president Bill Yanek provided an update
on status of the proposed merger with the Insulating Glass Manufacturers
Alliance (IGMA). (See May 2009 USGlass, page 48, for related story.)
Yanek explained that both groups had received and compiled the results
of a member-wide survey that was issued to poll interest in merging the
alliance with GANA’s Insulating Division and found the results to be “inconclusive.”
“A merger is not imminent and not on the near horizon but probably somewhere
down the road,” Yanek summarized.
Despite this, Yanek noted that the groups would continue to work closely
together in the future. One such example would be the joint meeting of
the groups; GANA’s Glass Week and BEC Conference will be held concurrently
with IGMA’s Annual Meeting, March 25- 30, 2010, at the Paris in Las Vegas.
Graham Architectural Products Acquires
Graham Architectural Products (GAP) in York, Pa., a manufacturer of architectural-grade
doors and windows, has acquired F-M Enterprises, a Merrill, Wis.-based
manufacturer of curtainwall, storefront windows and doors and sunshades.
The newly formed entity, F-M Enterprises, A Graham Architectural Co.,
will operate under the GAP banner.
“F-M’s product offering is precisely what we were looking for strategically
to provide our valued customers with a well-rounded product line,” says
Brian Hurley, GAP president and chief executive officer. “We are also
excited to have the availability of a skilled workforce that the Merrill,
Wis., area can offer to GAP for future expansion opportunities. The addition
of F-M’s products to our portfolio will enable us to better serve our
customers by allowing us to supply the entire job from a single source,
something that’s important to many of our customers.”
F-M Enterprises will continue to operate as a subsidiary from its 100,000-square-foot
facility in Merrill where it employs 33 people. Todd Frederick will continue
as F-M’s president.
CPFilms® Launches Commercial Sales Group for Architectural Projects
CPFilms® Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Solutia Inc., has created
an in-house sales specialist team focused on commercial architectural
“CPFilms is providing optimized direct business development support for
U.S.-based architectural projects,” says Sal Abbate, general manager,
Americas for CPFilms. “By developing a specialized team in-house and avoiding
a middleman, we are able to keep costs lean while maximizing value for
our dealers and finding growth opportunities in the architectural market.”
The newly formed commercial sales team will be led by Jeff Hammerer.
CMS Demonstrates Equipment Lines During Open House
CMS North America in Caledonia, Mich., hosted an open house in July for
its glass and stone industry customers. During the event the company demonstrated
a number of its machinery lines and also offered software classes that
Stuart Gill, CMS North America’s Southwest sales manager, said provided
an opportunity for those in attendance to discuss technical issues, customization
and how to integrate the machinery into their current production flow.
Among the demonstrations given was one of the new Automated Shower Door
System with Enhanced Technology (ASSET). In addition to shower door applications,
the equipment line also can be adapted for the production of solar panels.
Saba Vansanthan, stone/glass product manager, said this provides a cost-effective
way to keep production of solar panels in the United States.
“No one has streamlined production yet. It’s very labor intensive. With
a 10- to 20-percent modification of the line, the ASSET machinery can
be used to process solar panels,” said Vansanthan. He added that the equipment
would also allow for seven-day production.
Gill added, “We are [reducing] labor with this equipment line.”
“This area will not stay low-tech forever,” said Vansanthan. “We have
the technology. It will be easier to do here [in the United States].”
When asked about sales volume for 2009, Vansanthan said, “We are in a
survival mode. CMS North America did better than we expected in glass
for CNC sales this year. Our philosophy of ‘Be good with the dollar—what
we have and how we are going to spend it’ has worked well. We are keeping
the customer happy; we have a large customer service department and that
comes back to us.”
Oldcastle Glass is closing its manufacturing plant in Cheshire,
Conn. A plant employee told USGlass that local product distribution should
not be affected by the closure. “Our New York facility is taking over,”
he commented. As of press time, no further details had been made available.
Saint-Gobain has completed the expansion of its largest international
research center in Northboro, Mass. The expansion, which was begun in
July 2008, cost $15 million and provides 60,000 square feet of new laboratory,
office and meeting space for 200 scientists and engineers.
Dark Field Technologies, a provider of laser and camera-based
inspection and metrology systems for the float glass industry, has expanded
its operations and is now operating in a new 10,000-square-foot engineering
center in Orange, Conn. www.new.darkfield.com
Besten Equipment Co. Inc. in Solon, Ohio, has announced an expanded
cooperation agreement with Billco Manufacturing in Zelienople, Pa., for
sourcing Besten spacer processing equipment and other glass handling machinery
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