Volume 49, Issue 6 - June 2014


O’Malley Launches Clover Architectural Products; Targets Aluminum Market

Tom O’Malley, formerly of Doralco, along with business partners, has started a new company, Clover Architectural Products, which will focus on selling aluminum sunshades and lightshelves, grilles, stainless steel cladding and will offer a full line of all-glass door entrance products. The company also can provide custom steel fabrication and is selling its products throughout the U.S. from its headquarters just outside Chicago.

According to the announcement, O’Malley is using his almost two decades of industry experience to guide the company through the glass and glazing world.

“This is truly an exciting time for me, my family and my partners,” says O’Malley. “We are confident that we will be able to serve the industry with the products and performance they need and demand.”

Joining as partner in the company is Jim Stremplewski, who brings 27 years of operations, production and estimation knowledge. Stremplewski has an extensive background in production management and quality control and, according to the announcement, will ensure that all Clover products are delivered with the quality the customer expects and deserves. Ed Kearney is also a partner and focuses on the day-to-day side of the business. He has more than 30 years of experience in the banking industry, where he helped companies grow and will use that knowledge to help Clover meet its full potential. Warren Hagey will handle all aspects of estimation, as he did for eight years at Doralco. According to the announcement, Hagey is an analytical thinker and will use those skills to help design and bid jobs.

“In just the short time of pulling this together, the support I’ve received has been humbling. I am truly grateful for that and look forward to the challenges ahead,” O’Malley adds.

Guardian Closes California Glass Fab Plant
Guardian Industries closed its Reedley, Calif., glass fabrication plant in May because ongoing economic challenges, according to the company. The facility provided mirror and laminated glass for residential, commercial and interior applications.

Reedley employed 36, some of whom will transition to the company’s Kingsburg, Calif., float glass plant. Officials say they will assist other employees in securing employment, including working with local recruiting firms.

Northern Building Products Takes a New Name
Northern Building Products adopted the name of its subsidiary, Northern Architectural Systems. The name change occurred concurrently with the merging of the two related companies.

“The merger of our operations will make our entire portfolio of windows, doors, curtain[wall] and window walls, and storefront and entrance doors available to our customers from a single platform, which is increasingly important as the marketplace continues to shift toward single-source manufacturing responsibility,” says Mike Richard, vice president of business development.

The new Northern Architectural Systems will be headquartered in Teterboro, N.J. The company will maintain two manufacturing facilities, one in Teterboro and one in Carlstadt, N.J.

“By operating under one unified brand we are building an even stronger, more efficient company that is able to meet the future challenges of our changing industry” says Robert Pecorella, president.

TGP Earns Washington State Building Trades Manufacturer of the Year
Technical Glass Products (TGP) was named the 2014 Washington State Manufacturer of the Year Silver Award winner by Seattle Business magazine. In 2013 TGP increased employment, built a 20,000-square-foot powder coating facility and expanded operations overseas, according to the company announcement.

“Our team members have put in a lot of hard work over the last few years. Whether they’re evaluating a new approach to manufacturing or solving design challenges, they work with a mindset of continual improvement,” says Mike Powell, director of operations at TGP.

Wausau Wins Wisconsin Corporate Safety Award Wausau Window and Wall Systems was selected as one of 13 winners of the 20th annual Wisconsin Corporate Safety Award. According to the Wisconsin Safety Council, the awards program honors businesses for exemplary safety records and excellence in safety and health management. Nominees for the award submitted safety data and a report describing the company’s occupational safety and health practices.

“Every member of our team helped achieve this award through their daily focus and personal ownership of safety,” says Brian Vanden Heuvel, Wausau’s vice president of operations. “

Companies Earn ISO 9001:2008 Certification Both Selma, Ala.-based Global Security Glazing and Chicago-based Accurate Perforating & Metal Fabricating’s metal perforating and precision metal fabrication facilities have received ISO 9001:2008 certification.

“We work very hard to deliver the best quality and service experience to our customer base,” says Lance Cotton, senior vice president of Consolidated Glass Holdings – Security, Transportation and Specialty Products division, which acquired Global Security Glazing in January 2012. “This certificate is a testament to our team and overall desire to remain a leader in the security and detention glass industries.”

Aaron Kamins, president of Accurate Perforating and Accurate Metal Fabricating, adds, “The ISO 9001:2008 certification for our quality management system demonstrates commitment to uphold the highest quality standards.”

Saint-Gobain to Construct New North American Headquarters
Global building materials manufacturer Saint-Gobain signed a long-term lease on a 65-acre campus in Malvern, Pa., where it will build a new headquarters in preparation for expansion in North America. The new headquarters will serve both Saint-Gobain and its North American construction materials subsidiary, CertainTeed Corp.

According to the announcement, Saint-Gobain will be largely dependent on its own innovative technologies, including SageGlass, throughout the project. It adds that the relocation will bring approximately 120 additional employees to Chester County and raise the company’s total employee count at the new headquarters to more than 800.

“This headquarters marks a step change in Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed’s ability to serve our North American markets, and it will be a shining example of a 21st century manufacturing business,” says Saint-Gobain president John Crowe. “With the building industry continuing to rebound, we’ve seized the opportunity to create a focal point for innovative design and development on the Eastern Seaboard, a place where our businesses and employees can continue to grow in a fully integrated, modern space that promotes collaboration across our business units, while offering significant room for future expansion.”

The Chester County campus previously housed the headquarters for Aegon Group. Saint-Gobain is set to work with 320,000 square feet of space on the premises.

Construction is expected to begin this month and be completed by fall 2015. The exterior renovations and lobby of the new headquarters are being designed by Bernardon Haber Holloway with the interiors being designed by Jacobs.

ICD High Performance Coatings Breaks Ground on New Facility
Washington State-based ICD High Performance Coatings broke ground on a new facility in Ridgefield, Wash., which will double the size of its current facility just a few minutes south.

According to information from the company, the expansion will make its research and development capabilities more than double what they are today. The company announcement notes that, “Manufacturing will get a much-needed lean overhaul to make an already efficient production, vastly more efficient. We will have room for newly expanding product lines, such as CeramiGlass.”

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