Volume 45, Issue 3 - March 2010


Cristacurva Emerges As Majority Owner of Craftsman Fabricated Glass

Industry veterans Bob Lawrence, president of Craftsman Fabricated Glass and Francisco Sanchez, chief executive officer of Cristacurva, have signed an agreement for Glass Wholesalers Inc., d/b/a Craftsman Fabricated Glass, to receive a significant investment from Cristacurva, a glass fabrication company based in Guadalajara, Mexico. According to the announcement, the new investment will allow Cristacurva to take a majority ownership position in Craftsman, while allowing Lawrence to remain as minority shareholder and as a senior member of management. The planned investment will bring together two existing glass fabrication companies with complementary production and customer services.

According to the announcement, the close alignment of Craftsman with Cristacurva provides an opportunity for both companies to better serve southeast Texas and beyond.

The investment by Cristacurva allows Lawrence to conclude a refinancing plan that has occupied his time for more than one year. He tells USGlass that he is very excited about the prospects going forward. 

“I have spent considerable time with our investor, Francisco Sanchez over the last few months, and he has been the perfect gentleman,” Lawrence says. “When I shared a message of support that he had sent to me with our employees, he followed with another message to me that I will share, because it is indicative of his personality, and why I was receptive to Francisco as a partner: ‘Thanks a lot for your attitude and good faith in me and in making a good team for accomplish(ing) good goals for both, for all of the team and for the company. Now we are partners and members of the same adventure and I want it to be interesting, profitable and one that gives all of us enough fun. Business is not good business without challenge and fun. Trust and support from each other and everybody on the team will be needed to walk faster to a successful situation.’”

Lawrence adds, “I can’t imagine anyone not wanting to have a partner with this attitude.  Additionally, Francisco understands that having a strong relationship with our vendors is important. So now that we are soon to be properly capitalized, we intend to work hard, be successful, profitable and have fun doing it. What else could we want?”

Crystal Windows to Integrate Operations
Crystal Window & Door Systems has announced its Chicago-based affiliate manufacturer’s, Crystal Windows & Doors Illinois Manufacturing (Crystal Chicago), operations will be integrated into the Flushing, N.Y.-based national operations. The move combines the 80,000-square-foot Chicago factory with the company’s current 340,000-square-foot network of window production and aluminum extrusion facilities. Plans also call for the expansion of production capabilities and product lines made by the Chicago facility.

Kawneer Expands Capabilities at Austell, Ga., Facility
Kawneer Co. Inc. has invested approximately $1 million in the expansion of capabilities at its 52,000-square-foot Austell, Ga., facility. The improvements were made to provide customers with a broader range of resources, as well as increased production, storage and inventory, resulting in shorter lead times and enhanced quality, according to the company announcement. Company representatives say the investment in new fabrication equipment and technology will give Kawneer the flexibility to better meet the demand of today’s market, as well as future demands when the market improves, and to do so while remaining cost competitive.

Kawneer’s Austell service center offers stock items, a custom door line, framing systems, welding, fabrication and packing. According to the announcement, many of the enhancements are related to improvements in technology, allowing information to flow quickly and increasing the speed of accuracy.

“We’re proud to be growing and extending our capabilities in Austell,” says Diana Perreiah, vice president of business operations for Kawneer North America, adding, “This is only the beginning—there will be more to come.”

National Construction Enterprises Now Has Glass Facade Focus
National Enclosure Co. LLC (NEC), a nationally focused curtainwall contractor specializing in advance facade systems on commercial buildings, has completed its formation as a newly formed subsidiary of National Construction Enterprises. NEC was created to address the entire wall envelope including glass, aluminum, terracotta, granite and stone.

“The formation of National Enclosure Co. represents our current goals and aspirations which are to serve clients on a national level and to raise the bar on expectations,” says Paul Becks, executive vice president of NEC. “The expectations of the client, especially for an advanced facade system, are for a high-level of performance and execution and we have mobilized our expertise to focus on these goals.”

According to the company announcement, with executive oversight on all projects, NEC aims to distinguish itself with an emphasis on project delivery planning as well as the cumulative, expansive experience of related subsidiaries.

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CPFilms Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of St. Louis-based Solutia Inc., has launched a new website supporting its Vista™ window film brand. The site, www.vista-films.com, features an interactive “one-minute challenge” tool that lets visitors calculate their potential energy and cost savings, performance data, film-to-glass recommendations and other technical information, as well as dedicated dealer portals.

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