Distribution Production  
&
Indiana Fabricator Focuses  
on Serving the Masses  
e found our niche in  
volume. That’s our  
Wspecialty.” That’s how  
more than $2.2 million in machinery.  
The requested three-year tax abatement  
would save the company $110,000  
while still paying the city $373,268 in  
taxes during the phase-in period.”  
Cleer Vision Tempered Glass (CVTG)  
general manager Tim Widner describes  
his company’s operations. Over the  
years,he says,the business moved away  
from custom work, finding that seg-  
ment already well served.  
SAF Adds Coil  
Processing Line  
Southern Aluminum Finishing Co.  
(SAF) recently installed a cut-to-length  
aluminum coil processing line in its  
SAF-West plant in Redding, Calif.  
The line includes a corrective leveler  
Now, CVTG is focused on quantity  
production of its various fabricated  
glass offerings.And in order to keep the  
numbers going up, it needed more Rather than custom fabrication, Cleer  
room to work. The Elkhart, Ind.-based Vision Tempered Glass is now focusing and can handle 0.024- to 0.125-inch-  
fabricator is in the midst of a 28,000- on volume.  
square-foot expansion expected to be  
thick aluminum coils up to 60 inches  
wide.Also, the leveler’s rollers give SAF  
completed in August. The additional ers of specialty doors and other systems the capability to meet surface-critical  
space, which will bring the company’s used in commercial spaces such as requirements for painted and anodized  
footprint to 65,000 square feet, will restaurants and retail. This niche mar- aluminum coil processing,according to  
house its new automated insulating ket, Widner says, calls for repetitive or- the company.  
glass line and additional cutting capac- ders of similar sizes and makeups,  
The coil processing line supports both  
ity, and serve as its primary loading which fits the company’s volume-based existing SAF manufacturing and third-  
and shipping area.  
It is the company’s second expansion  
approach well. party toll processing orders from other  
The company is eyeing decorative manufacturers in Northern California.It  
in three years. In 2013, it added 15,000 and interior markets for future growth. also adds to SAF-West’s 60-inch blanking  
square feet of manufacturing space to But again, quantity will be the focus. line production capabilities.  
house its silkscreen and CNC production. Additionally, CVTG recently collabo-  
The business was established in 2010 rated with Bottero Spa Italy, Bottero Alpen to Increase Production  
by Santelli Tempered Glass, which sold USA,Videojet and A&W Software to in- at Colorado Facility  
the operation to Cleer Vision in late tegrate a customized, tempered certifi-  
Alpen High Performance Products, a  
011. The tempered glass side of the cation stamping (logo) process on the designer and manufacturer of insulat-  
ing doors and windows, is expanding  
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businesses (CVTG) focuses on com- cutting table bridge.  
mercial and residential, while it also  
services the specialty automotive in- and I believe it’s the first of its kind in duction in Colorado.  
“We have two tables that can do this, its Alpenglass insulating glass unit pro-  
dustry through Cleer Vision Windows. North America,” says Widner.“We have  
Alpenglass combines its Heat Mirror  
suspended coated film with low-E glass  
Cleer Vision requested a multi-year technologies for commercial and resi-  
CVTG had approximately 15-20 em- lots of good things going on.”  
ployees when Widner joined in late  
012. It now has 52 employees, and he tax abatement to cover the expansion dential window projects.  
expects that could grow to approxi- and new equipment costs.According to Additionally,the company will collabo-  
mately 70 after the addition is complete The Elkhart Truth, “the project would rate with Kensington HPP in Vandergrift,  
and the facility is fully operational. add 11 to 15 jobs with an average start- Pa.,to address demand in the Eastern U.S.  
This expansion is going to add a lot ing wage exceeding $18 per hour, ac- “From its inception more than three  
of space,” he says.“There’s a lot of op- cording to documents provided by the decades ago, Alpen has been a proud  
portunity to grow in it.” city.… CleerVision’s project calls for an and preferred fabrication source for  
This includes supplying manufactur- investment of $830,000 in land and Heat Mirror [insulating glass units],”  
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Tapes in the U.S. glazing market.  
PVD is a technical services sup-  
port company with design, fabri-  
cation and field experience. The  
company specializes in training  
glazing contractors and deliver-  
ing solutions to construction pro-  
fessionals. (4/21)  
says Brad Begin, CEO of Alpen. “Fol-  
lowing Eastman/Southwall’s decision  
last summer to exit Heat Mirror manu-  
facturing, we have made significant in-  
vestments to increase our own  
production capabilities in order to meet  
growing demand for super-insulating,  
energy-efficient glass products, while  
broadening our ability to produce other  
high-performance glass combinations  
featuring emerging technologies.” s  
s
Briefly  
AmesburyTruth has invested in a  
new facility in Sioux Falls, S.D.,  
which will enable the design, de-  
velopment, testing and manufac-  
turing of door and window  
components. Construction is  
scheduled for completion by  
year’s end (4/20/16) … 3M is  
partnering with Project Vision  
Dynamics (PVD) to promote  
briefly ...  
AmesburyTruth has invested in a new facility in Sioux Falls, S.D., which  
will enable the design, development, testing and manufacturing of door and  
window components. Construction is scheduled for completion by year’s  
end … 3M is partnering with Project Vision Dynamics (PVD) to promote 3M  
VHB Structural Glazing Tapes in the U.S. glazing market. PVD is a technical  
services support company with design, fabrication and field experience.  
The company specializes in training glazing contractors and delivering so-  
lutions to construction professionals. s  
3M VHB Structural Glazing  
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