Volume 49, Issue 5 - May 2014


CRL U.S. Aluminum Breaks Ground on Texas Headquarters Expansion

C.R. Laurence (CRL) is expanding and renovating its U.S. Aluminum Division headquarters in Waxahachie, Texas. The expansion is scheduled for completion in December.

The expansion project aims to double the square footage of the existing building to a total of 347,576 square feet. The new facility is designed to help stimulate overall production, distribution and logistics.

“Expanding our U.S. Aluminum Division manufacturing presence allows us to increase the brand’s reach in key North American markets through a Waxahachie-based centralized distribution center, similar to the framework of our CRL headquarters in Los Angeles,” says Lloyd Talbert, president.

Gerald Hendrick, who recently joined the CRL-U.S. Aluminum team as president, along with Patrick Lowrey, will oversee the expansion project and daily operations of the newly renovated U.S. Aluminum Division headquarters.

Technoform Bautec Adds Technical Sales Reps
Technoform Bautec North America Inc. announced that Quincaillerie Rabel Inc. will now be representing its products in Quebec. The collaboration builds upon Quincaillerie Rabel’s existing sales and distribution of Technoform Glass Insulation and expands Technoform Bautec’s sales representation throughout Quebec.

“[Quincaillerie Rabel owner] John Rancourt has earned a reputation in the industry for his deep knowledge of the Quebec fenestration market and high-quality service in meeting customers’ needs,” says Chad Ricker of Technoform Bautec North America. “We are proud to work with him and his team.”

Rancourt has more than 25 years of experience serving the Quebec fenestration market and is a member of the Association des Industries de Produits Verriers et de Fenestration du Québec (AVFQ) and the Canadian Window and Door Manufacturing Association (CWDMA). He has a five-person sales team.

SAF Expands West Coast Panel Production
A new CNC router is now operating at Southern Aluminum Finishing Co. Inc.’s (SAF) SAF-West plant in Redding, Calif. According to the company, the addition of the CNC ALU Ranger 6321 VG panel router increases its architectural panel-making capacity.

The machine’s vertical 16-foot 5-inch x 5-foot 3-inch working area handles large ACM panels, and can perform drilling, grooving and cutting in a single setup, according to the company. It is used in the custom fabrication of the company’s lines of ACM and aluminum panel and column cover systems, as well as custom fabricated panels.

“This latest installation plays a strategic role in the company’s integrated CAD, metal distribution, anodizing, painting and fabrication services,” says SAF co-CEO Penn McClatchey. “This automated router is expected to boost panel production and reduce delivery times throughout North America with services ultimately replicated in both SAF-West and SAF-Atlanta facilities.”

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Sage hired Spohn Associates Inc. to promote, sell and support SageGlass® in Indiana, Kentucky and Western Ohio.

Besana Lovati Inc. formed an agreement with Forza G Italia, a maker of waste water filtration equipment designed for glass grinding and fabricating.

Standard Bent Glass purchased a Dip-Tech machine, direct-to-glass digital printer.

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