Viracon Announces Major Expansion
to Make Room for Large-Sized Glass
Things are getting big for Minnesota-based Viracon. The company is expanding its flagship manufacturing facility to add jumbo-sized architectural glass capabilities.
The expansion adds more than 360,000 square feet to the existing 1.2- million-square-foot headquarters. It includes new glass manufacturing technology and fabrication equipment to increase maximum finished product size capability.
“This expansion is a significant project, which builds on our 2014 new coater investment,” says Kelly Schuller, president of Viracon. “[It] is the next step in a long-range program to ensure we remain at the forefront of architectural glass technology and continue to be a valued partner on distinctive buildings, large or small. Along with larger size capabilities, we are also introducing higher levels of automation for increased efficiency and even greater levels of glass quality.”
This investment is a response to the growing demand for increasing expanses of glass in exterior facades.
“By adding larger size capabilities up to [130-inches-by-236-inches] to our comprehensive portfolio of architectural glass products, we can offer architects and building owners solutions that support their ‘big glass’ designs and energy conservation goals without compromise,” says Garret Henson, vice president of sales and marketing. “Knowing that [our] typical commercial project has a long design and build phase, our architectural design and technical service teams will begin offering design and performance guidance for oversize glass in January 2016.”
Tulsa, Okla.-based Tristar Glass Inc. has made additions and improvements at two locations.
The Grand Prairie, Texas, facility is adding a Bottero cutting table and a Glaston 96-inch FC500 tempering system. This expansion will be complete by March 2016.
Its Catoosa, Okla., facility will be adding 30,000 square feet of warehouse space. This will allow for another jumbo cutting system, tempering furnace and more glass fabrication equipment, according to the company. This expansion is scheduled for completion early next summer.
Linetec celebrated the opening of a third anodize line at its facility in Wausau, Wis., on December 4.
The company completed an 180,000-square-foot addition, as well as improvements to expand capacity and capabilities by more than 50 percent. The facility now covers more than 750,000 square feet.
Those attending included Linetec president Rick Marshall, Jim Porter, CFO of parent company Apogee Enterprises Inc., Wausau Mayor Jim Tipple and Wisconsin State Rep. Dave Heaton. Representatives from the state of Wisconsin, the City of Wausau and the Wausau Regional Chamber of Commerce also attended.
“As our industry and customers have [grown], Linetec has continued to expand facilities and processes,” says Marshall. “Anodize capacity in the industry remains tight. Our third line provides additional anodize capacity. This helps our customers continue to benefit with short and reliable lead times, supporting their growth and their clients’ project timelines.”
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