Volume 48, Issue 11- November 2013


Technical Glass Products Brings Powder Coating Capabilities in-House

Improving efficiencies is a top priority for many companies, and Technical Glass Products (TGP) in Snoqualmie, Wash., is no exception. Earlier this year, the company saw an opportunity to do just that when it decided to bring the powder coating process in house for its steel products. Tim Anderson, powder coat manager, explains that steel has a different make-up than aluminum and as a result must be powder coated rather than anodized. TGP had been shipping the products out for powder coating, but by bringing the process in-house the company found it could improve efficiencies.

The process began in March and now the new powder coating operations take up about 20,000 square feet of the company’s 100,000-square-foot facility.

Powder coating begins in a blasting booth where steel is stripped of any oxidation that may have occurred. After blasting the steel goes through a five-stage wash, which includes a sealing process that helps keep it from oxidizing again.

Next the product goes into a powder booth. Anderson says they’ve employed a quick-change system of their top eight colors, though custom colors are available as well.

After the powder coating—which actually goes on as a powder—is applied, the steel is cured. This process takes 10-15 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

The last stage in constructing the steel door, window or curtainwall is the final assembly. If fire-rated, all components, including all of the hardware, must be rated as such as well.

DFI Expands into Caribbean Markets

Diamon-Fusion International Inc. (DFI Nanotechnology) signed a new distribution agreement with Skyline Technology Ltd., a supplier based in Port Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

This agreement expands DFI’s network of partners into the Caribbean markets, with coverage over the entire West Indies territory, including Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, Saint Maarten, Barbados, the Dominican Republic, Saint Lucia and Turks and Caicos.

Skyline Technology Ltd. is an offspring of Trinidad Marketing and Distributing Co., which was established in 1983.

CRL Opens New Branch in Rock Hill

C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) has opened a new branch in Rock Hill, S.C. The new facility features a 110,000-square foot combined service center that offers both CRL and U.S. Aluminum products.

According to the announcement, this new stocking warehouse is intended to feature a large display showroom and bring the companies’ inventories and service closer to customers in South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

Steve Jordan and John Adimaro will oversee the new facility with the intention of providing their customers with ever-improving service. The larger facility will also allow the company to increase its inventories and reduce lead times, according to the release.

Putsch Group Completes North American Facility

Putsch Group recently completed construction of its North American technical center in Asheville, N.C.

The new 13,000-square-foot technical center completes the company’s first phase of expansion, which also will include a machinery showroom that is targeted for completion in late-2014.

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