Volume 48, Issue 10- October 2013


AGC Facility Puts Multiple Fabrication
Processes Under One Roof

AGC Glass Co. North America announced the grand opening of its new Southeast fabrication facility in Atlanta. According to the announcement, the new facility is equipped with the most advanced fabrication and processing equipment in the industry. In addition, the company combined its fabrication and processing equipment with the latest advances in software technology from FeneVision.

The new facility will have dedicated insulating glass lines to serve both commercial and residential markets, a CNC machine for heavy glass fabrication and additional tempering capacity—with oversized tempering capabilities unique to the Southeast region. Additionally, AGC is expanding its production of Pyrobel® fire-rated glass into this facility to better serve customers in the Southeast.

“With so many processes managed within one location, the new FeneVision ERP software enables the alignment of a wide range of fabrication capabilities to be coordinated seamlessly, resulting in faster turnaround times, higher quality product and improved efficiencies—for us and for our customers,” says Shane Sieracki, director of operations-AGC Fabricated Products.

“This facility is a testament to our passion for customer service and our commitment to the North American market, as we continue to grow and serve a wider customer base,” adds Terrie Sommers, vice president-AGC Fabricated Products.

Forel Launches
North American Operations

An improving economy and its vast potential have long made North America a coveted destination for Forel, so the Italian-based insulating glass machinery manufacturer has tapped Mike Schmidt as the man to help make that a reality.

Schmidt will serve as general manager of Forel North America, the company’s first wholly-owned subsidiary outside of Europe. The new organization, which will focus on service, sales and support, is expected to be operational in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota area by January 2014.

“It’s a great opportunity,” says Schmidt, whose 12 years in the glass industry includes previous stops at Lisec and IGE Glass Technologies. “It was just one of those instances where Forel has given so much consideration to this move for such a long time. They saw a lot of great potential in North America, so it’s really a commitment on [Forel’s] part to the North American market.”

Forel, which specializes in insulating glass machinery, will continue to manufacture its products in Italy, Schmidt says, and expects to have a 5,000-square foot warehouse from which to operate.

Building on Forel’s reputation for high-quality products and service will be the new company’s primary mission, Schmidt says.

“Being able to do those things is what separates you apart in this business,” he says.

Triple Seal Group Gets
New Brand Identity

The Triple Seal group of companies, which includes Triple Seal Ltd., Independent Mirror Industries Inc., Southwest Glass, Eastern Float Glass and the newly-acquired Triple Seal Rexdale, has completed a rebranding that will include the launch of a new name, logo, tagline and website. The Triple Seal Group of companies are now operating under the new trade name, Saand.

“The rebranding represents our evolution over the past 40 years and signifies our future direction,” says Hilton Berger, vice president of Saand. “We offer our customers a variety of different glass and fabricated glass products and we needed a brand to reflect that. The stylized icon was designed from the microscopic glass crystal structure and represents an element that is at the core of everything we produce. The circular shape also represents the unification of our business units as one.”


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