Azon Celebrates Anniversary, Looking  
Back on 40 Years and Ahead to Future  
zon is celebrating its 40 an-  
niversary this year. From the  
beginning, its motto has been  
Azon saves energy,” which the com-  
pany plans to continue through its pas-  
sion for existing customers and a new  
generation of talented employees.  
“Azon got its start as a service and  
supply business for thermal barrier  
equipment in the winter of 1977 in a  
proverbial alley garage in Kalamazoo,  
Mich.,” says Nancy Peterson, Azon’s  
director of market communications.  
shared a tiny office that only allowed  
The founders, Jim and Ruth Dunstan,  
for a sheet of plywood supported by  
two 55-gallon drums for a desk. Some  
of our very first machinery sales  
were to the Netherlands and United  
Kingdom in the 1980s. Communica-  
tion back than was mostly by Telex (a Azon staff celebrates the company’s 40th anniversary.  
forerunner to the fax machine). Now,  
Azon is an international company with smart phones.”  
manufacturers’ demand for thermal  
facilities located in Wales, Korea and  
China. Communication now is often ny’s biggest area of growth in the past  
According to Peterson, the compa- barrier equipment and polymers.  
Azon’s greatest achievement, she  
through video conferencing using 40 years has been in meeting window says, is contributing to careers of the  
people in the company and making a  
difference in their prosperity.  
As Azon looks forward to the next 40  
years,company leadership is compelled  
to continually improve thermal barrier  
technology by making advances to its  
machinery and design capabilities.  
Orgadata Acquires LogiKal  
he LogiKal division of Building Envelope Software Technologies Inc.  
BEST) was acquired by Orgadata AG, the developer of LogiKal and a  
fenestration software provider. The transaction was completed on Sep-  
tember 30, 2017.  
The new entity, Orgadata USA, retains the LogiKal division’s current staff,  
including general manager Josh Rudd and operations manager William  
Industry Celebrates  
Manufacturing Day  
Quanex Building Products and De-  
ceuninck North America are among in-  
dustry companies that participated in  
part of a nationwide effort to inspire inter-  
est in modern manufacturing among the  
next generation of professionals.  
We appreciate all of BEST’s hard work in building the LogiKal brand over  
the last six years and we are very pleased to retain all team members in the  
Denver and remote offices,” says Bernd Hillbrands, Orgadata’s chairperson of  
the board. “We are committed to making LogiKal of even more value to our  
current customers and manufacturing partners while bolstering our team to  
help meet the demands of the North American market.”  
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Quanex opened the doors of its Cam- ufacturing is all about.  
choice,” says Todd Haney, director  
“Our industry is facing a critical of operations.  
Deceuninck North America joined  
bridge, Ohio, manufacturing facility to  
student groups from Guernsey and labor shortage, and there’s noth-  
Noble counties.Through conversations ing more important right now than the Chamber of Commerce Serving  
with Quanex experts and a full tour of getting into our communities and Middletown, Monroe and Trenton  
the facilities,participating students got inspiring interest in manufactur- in Ohio to celebrate Manufacturing  
an in-depth look at what modern man- ing as a viable and fulfilling career Month in October with a series of ed-  
ucational student tours. The company  
hosted a plant tour and open house for  
students, parents and the public at its  
Azon Saves Energy  
Monroe, Ohio facility.  
PGTI Sends Experts to  
Assess Post-Irma Damage  
Engineers from PGT Innovations  
Inc. are working with the state of Flor-  
ida to assess post-storm building  
damage after Hurricane Irma.  
PGT Innovations director of prod-  
uct management Dean Ruark, along  
with PGTI professional engineers Lynn  
Miller and Robert Beaird, are contrib-  
uting to a study led by the University  
of Florida to examine the impact of  
Hurricane Irma on buildings and in-  
frastructure throughout the state. The  
assessment, led by David O. Prevatt  
of the University of Florida’s Civil &  
Coastal Engineering Department, will  
collect data on the immediate post-  
storm condition of buildings before  
clean-up. The team will also iden-  
tify specific areas in Florida for more  
extensive surveys of building dam-  
age. The analysis will identify weak-  
nesses and strengths in the remaining  
Daylighting systems produced with Azon structural  
thermal barrier technologies—the MLPor Dual  
Cavity—for aluminum windows and curtain wall,  
along with high performanceglazing components  
for insulating glass, will yield a fenestration system  
capable of upholding the highest efficiency and  
sustainability standards  
“I’m eager to contribute to this im-  
portant analysis,”said Ruark,a national  
expert in building codes.“It’s essential  
to examine the damage on the ground  
to learn how buildings performed  
against a major hurricane. The Flor-  
ida Building Commission has already  
taken many vital steps to keep people  
and buildings safe from major storms.  
We expect to see that newer buildings  
performed well against Hurricane  
Irma, which will affirm the need for  
strong building codes as well as strict  
code enforcement in places vulnerable  
to hurricanes.” n  
Contact us to learn about the  
role of Azon thermal barriers in  
energy conservation.  
1-800-788-5942 |  
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