Tubelite’s Michigan Facility Expands Extrusion
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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