Volume 47, Issue 1 - January 2012


Sapa Announces $2 Million Expansion of Anodizing Operations in Miami
Sapa Profiles North America in Rosemont, Ill., will invest $2 million in a major expansion of anodizing operations at its Miami, Fla., plant. Completion and full operation is slated for the mid-first quarter of 2012.

The expansion will make Sapa’s Miami operation the largest aluminum anodizing facility in the Southeastern United States. “This investment will more than double our Miami anodizing capacity to over 13 million pounds annually,” says Sam Tingler, Miami plant manager. “We will offer a full range of services in clear and electrolytic colored anodic coatings as well as acid etch. Further, it demonstrates our continued commitment to this facility, the surrounding community and the regional market.”

Miami’s new anodizing lines will feature “green applications” for the building and construction market, and also serve solar/renewable energy and automotive customers.

Florida Powder Coating Gets New Management
Glasslam CEO Steve Howes, in a partnership with Pat Argento, owner of Hurricane ImpactGlass and Aluminum, has purchased Florida Powder Coating in Lantana, Fla., and formed a new company named Cirrus Powder Coating. The facility sports two automated spacer manufacturing systems that will produce Air-Tight™ S silicone spacer.

“Because of the size of the facility, we decided to expand our spacer manufacturing with our new in-line technology spacer systems,” Howes says. “There turns out to be a lot of synergies with powder coating and our other businesses that we can utilize in this new plant.”

PRL Glass Completes New Facility
PRL Glass of City of Industry, Calif., has completed a new 98,000-square-foot manufacturing facility to add to its existing 150,000-square-foot glass and aluminum plants, according to a release issued by the company.

The new plant features a laminated glass line, an automatic float and laminated glass cutting lines and a 96- by 172-inch tempering oven. It has begun fabricating laminated glass and oversized tempered glass.

Frank Messa Launches Enviralum Industries

Frank Messa, former vice president of SMI Systems, has launched Enviralum Industries Inc. in Miami. The new company will offer pre-glazed entrance and storefront systems, featuring both impact and non-impact resistant designs with Miami-Dade County approval, to the Southeast region of the United States.

Messa sees a distinct gap in the glass entrance and storefront marketplace, especially in Florida, where hurricane and flooding requirements can make product development especially challenging. “During the recession, many of the players in this marketplace were bought by larger companies that didn’t have a focus on the unique needs of high velocity wind zones,” Messa says. “Glazing contractors have also been hit hard, and many don’t have the manpower they once had, so this creates an opportunity for the use of pre-glazed systems.”

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Cleer Vision Windows Inc., an Elkhart, Ind.-based manufacturer of RV windows and other specialty vehicle products, has acquired Santelli Tempered Glass Elkhart LLC, which also is based in Elkhart. http://www.cleervision.com

Officials at Solutia Inc. of St. Louis and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Backbone Acquisition Sub Inc., which was formed for the purpose of acquiring Southwall Technologies Inc. of Palo Alto, Calif., announced in late November the successful completion of the tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Southwall at a purchase price of $13.60 per share in cash ...

The NSG Group has debuted a new logo to help viewers ?recognize that [it is] a single and distinctive company, while at the same time retain[ing] the valuable Pilkington brand name.? Company officials say the term ?Pilkington? will now be a ?product brand mark.? http://www.nsg.com

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