Volume 49, Issue 6 - June 2014


Tubelite’s Michigan Facility Expands Extrusion Capacity

A third aluminum extrusion press is now in operation at Tubelite Inc.’s Reed City, Mich., facility. In addition to increasing production capacity and aluminum extrusion capabilities, the new press allows lean manufacturing principles to be employed. This, say company officials, allows it to offer larger and more complex shapes for storefront, curtainwall, entrance and daylighting systems.

“The successful integration of Press 3 required a company-wide effort – from equipment acquisition in late 2012 through production-capable operations as of March 1, 2014,” says Glen Barfknecht, vice president of operations. “This is a great example of the dramatic results that can be achieved using lean to drive continuous improvement year-over-year.”

Company officials attribute much of the recent successful deployment to Eric Ziegler, process engineer; Bill Martin, process engineer III; Dave Carr, maintenance technician; and David Smith, maintenance supervisor.

“Working with the four walls of our 245,000-square-foot facility, we reclaimed underused storage space to house Press 3,” says Martin. “This not only has allowed us to be productive, but also more efficient. We are maximizing our use of materials and space, and minimizing waste.”

YKK Expands West; Adds New Program
Coppell, Texas, located about 20 miles north of Dallas, will be home to YKK AP America’s new manufacturing center. Set to open in July 2014, this will be the company’s first major manufacturing and logistics center outside of the state of Georgia, where its flagship plant is located.

“The new operation in Coppell will greatly enhance the company’s ability to service the local market versus its current regional branch location,” says Oliver Stepe, senior vice president.

In addition, the company launched a formal career development program for its existing and future engineering employees. The program provides a means by which engineers can foster personal and professional development as well as grow within the company and the fenestration industry, according to the announcement.

All engineers will need to become a FenestrationAssociate™ under the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) FenestrationMasters™ program as a minimum requirement for certification.

Technoform Expands Service in Western Canada
Technoform Glass Insulation North America Inc. (TGI NA) is now working with Coniston Products Ltd., based in Delta, British Columbia, to service Western Canada. Coniston is a wholesale supplier of glass, mirrors, IG spacer bars and screen components, as well as related door and window components. “We’re looking forward to working with Coniston to reach more Canadian customers,” says Brian Stephens, TGI NA’s market team member. “We see significant opportunity for our TGI spacers in both residential and commercial buildings.”

Tony Scigliano, Coniston’s international sales director, adds, “Along with our commitment to customer satisfaction, we are dedicated to providing superior service and high-quality products at the best price. We’re excited that TGI spacers are now a part of our offering.”

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