Volume 46, Issue 3 - April 2011


Country’s Largest Contract Glazier, Trainor Glass, Announces Consolidation
Just after it took the spot as top glazing contractor in the country (see March 2011 USGlass, page 30) Chicago-based Trainor Glass Co. says it is consolidating several core business units and plant production to match the projected marketplace and is closing a number of locations. Its Illinois headquarters office has relocated to new space in downtown Chicago. The Alsip, Ill., building, which also included a plant, is up for sale and will be consolidated into other locales over a period of time. A number of employees were given lay-off notices in March as well.

According to a statement issued by the company March 11, the Champaign, Ill., and South Bend, Ind., facilities also are being “consolidated.”

The Las Vegas and Casper, Wyo., operations are being scaled back and will be handled out of the Phoenix and Denver offices respectively. Those facilities are “still doing active business—just consolidating operational costs to reflect current marketplace conditions,” said the statement.

The company says these four locations (Champaign, South Bend, Las Vegas and Casper) represent less than 2 percent of Trainor’s total business.

These are proactive moves intended to better position the company’s products and offerings, and it still has more than 400,000 square feet of strategically located plants that remain in full production mode with solid backlogs, said the statement.
In addition to these closures, Trainor announced in January the opening of a new division in Jacksonville, Fla. The Jacksonville division will manage two key projects: The UNF Science & Humanities Building and Wolfson Children’s Hospital Adult Tower.

Kawneer Relocates, Expands Midwest Service Center
Kawneer Co. Inc., an Alcoa business based in Norcross, Ga., has announced plans to relocate and expand its Midwest service center. The new location and increased capabilities, an investment in excess of $4 million, will nearly double the company’s presence in the Midwest. This also will enable the installation of a new flexible fabrication line, resulting in shorter lead times and an expanded product offering for customers across the region. The move is scheduled to occur in the third quarter of 2011.

Horton Automatics Acquires Automatic Door Enterprises
Horton Automatics, a division of Overhead Door Corp., has acquired Automatic Door Enterprises (ADE) in Lansdale, Pa., and its affiliated companies.

According to the announcement, Horton Automatics will maintain Automatic Door Enterprises’ identity and entrepreneurial drive. ADE and its affiliates serve the automatic door installation and service needs for customers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware and West Virginia.

Basco Acquires Ohio Glass Fabricator
Basco Manufacturing Co., a Mason, Ohio-based bath enclosure manufacturer, has acquired Addis Glass Fabricating Inc., a wholesale glass fabricator in Hamilton, Ohio. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

Basco’s director of marketing communications, Linda Garman, told USGlass that at this time the company has released only local information. Additional information will be available later this year as the company finalizes its future strategies.

Walker Glass Headquarters Gets a New Look
Walker Glass headquarters in Montreal have undergone a transformation as the facilities have received a renovated work environment. Beginning in January 2009 and lasting a little more than a year, the renovation included a new visitors’ entrance, updated showroom, reorganization of the administrative offices and the construction of an employees’ campus that includes a fully equipped training room.

“Having not done a significant renovation in over a decade, it really was time,” says Lee Harrison, president of Walker Glass.
“Our space was still fairly functional but definitely tired. As the scope of the business evolves, so do the infrastructure requirements of its offices and employees. This gave us a chance to get caught up and even be a step ahead of the ongoing evolution.”

Renovated areas feature Starphire glass with Walker’s Nuance patterns and acid-etched finishes throughout.

Cardinal Glass Opens Facility in Colorado
Cardinal Glass is opening a facility in Loveland, Colo., to produce tempered safety glass for door and window manufacturers there. The company recently purchased a nearly 59,000-square-foot facility and is in the process of making improvements to the property. The company plans to employ up to 20 people in the first five years.

“We are thrilled to be locating in Loveland. The proximity to some of our existing customers in the state, reduced shipping costs and extremely low local power rates made this the best business decision for our company,” says Chris Moore, plant manager.

Production Set to Begin at New Extrusion Plant in British Columbia
Vitrum Industries, a glass fabricator in Langley, British Columbia, has launched a sister company, Apex Aluminum Extrusions Ltd., also located in Langley. The new company is focusing on extrusions for building-related products. According to the announcement, the decision was made to launch Apex because of the potential synergies of supplying aluminum extrusions to Vitrum’s existing customer base.

“For the past two years our customers have discussed their concerns about their current extrusion suppliers, especially with the need for another local supplier,” says Thomas Martini, chief executive officer. “We feel that our timing is correct to bring to market another option for our customers so that they have a strong comfort level knowing that they have a high-quality supplier with a long-term commitment to this market, not only in fabricated glass but also in aluminum extrusions.”

The new 80,000-square-foot factory will operate an 8-inch, 2,750-metric-ton front loading extrusion press. At start up, Apex will have 20 employees.

Bill de Koning serves as general manager. He has spent 20 years with Indalex and served as general manager of the company’s Western Canadian locations.

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