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May  2004

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Deceuninck North America Closes 
Wilmington, Del. Plant 

Company News
Group Deceuninck has announced that its U.S. subsidiary Deceuninck North America (DNA) will be closing its Wilmington, Del. plant. This decision is part of the consolidation of extrusion sites following the acquisition of Vinyl Building Products (VBP) in July 2003.

The combination of Dayton Technologies, a Deceuninck acquisition in 1997, and VBP resulted in plant locations in Ohio, New Jersey, Delaware, Arkansas and Wilmington. Wilmington was the smallest facility, employing 34 workers. Employees will be afforded employment opportunities at the Ohio and New Jersey facilities, according to the company. 

Michael Hutfless, DNA chief operating officer said the decision to consolidate operations is based on the higher efficiencies of the larger plants. 

“Today’s competitive climate demands the most efficient structure and we are positioning our company to compete in the global market,” he said. “We anticipate minimal or no disruption of deliveries during this transition period. Being a production relocation, this closure will not involve any loss of sales for Deceuninck North America.”

Edgetech IG Announces European Subsidiary
Based in Cambridge, Ohio, Edgetech I.G. has announced the formation of Edgetech Europe Ltd. based in Neuss, Germany. Torsten Keemss, who has served as general agent for Continental Europe, will serve as managing director.

“We have been active in Europe for one and a half years now and have been very successful,” said Keemss. “By establishing the new company, Edgetech emphasizes its declared goal to expand Europe as an important pillar.”

ALLIANCES
Vinyl Extruders Align to Gain a Competitive Edge 
The Earthwise Group, formed in January 2004, says it is committed to providing high quality vinyl window and door products to customers throughout the Eastern and Midwestern United States. The group was formed to give each of the individual member companies the opportunity to compete favorably with the “giants” who are beginning to dominate the vinyl window industry according to John Robinson of Dayton Technologies, provider of all Earthwise vinyl extrusions.

“Since the vinyl industry has historically been made up of small, independent fabricators no one has been ale to develop a dominant, recognizable brand name,” said Rick Kennel, president of RJT Industries in Clifton Park, N.J. “We see our strategic alliance as an opportunity to work together to get ahead of our competitors with our efforts to develop a recognizable brand.” 

“The charter members of this group put a lot of hard work into the formation of their strategic alliance. We’re just happy to be a part of it,” said Mark Davis, director of alliance development at Dayton. “The fabricators get the benefits of their combined experience, buying power and marketing strength but more importantly, they have created an environment where they can openly share information with one another.”

Lou Simonini, president of the Earthwise Group, and president of PVC Industries in Clifton Park, N.J., is thrilled to he part of the endeavor.

“Not only does it afford PVC Industries the benefits of a buying group, but, more importantly, it brings us together with the principals from 13 other companies, to share ideas, technology, marketing strategies and manufacturing know-how.” 

The group holds regular meeting, typically at the plant location of one of its members, to allow members to gain a better understanding of the other companies. 

Allmetal to Sell Pre-Slit Aluminum and Tin Plate
Allmetal Inc. of Itasca, Ill., announced in March that it will begin to sell and distribute pre-slit painted aluminum and pre-slit tin plate due to a need for this type of product in the industry, according to Allmetal.

“Adding pre-slit aluminum and tin plate to our product offering was a natural extension of our business,” said Dick Schellhase, national sales manger. “For those using systems like Intercept and Intergrid muntin bar we have exactly what they need.”

Both products will be package on skids of up to ten coils, according to Schellhase. All standard colors offered by the company will be available in the pre-slit form including wood grains. 

Amesbury Group 
Opens New Facility
In what it says is an effort to manufacture and distribute door and window hardware products in the Western United States and Canada more efficiently, the Amesbury Group has opened a new facility in Reno, Nev. Operations began in January 2004 with the manufacture of block and tackle balances. Reno will also serve as the distribution center for all of the company’s product lines. 

“The Amesbury Group intends to release several new and innovative solutions to door and window hardware in 2004, and with the help of the new facility in Reno, we are even better equipped to service our customers,” said Rich Koopman, president. 

HAECO Purchases Can-Tron
In an effort to expand its company, adhesive manufacturer HAECO of Loveland, Ohio, has purchased Can-Tron, a manufacturer of embedded electronic controls. 

“We bought the company for the same reasons we bought their products for all these years,” said Jerry Henline, HAECO president. “Both companies have based their value propositions on engineering a quality product and serving customers with integrity. This acquisition assures us and our customers of a continuing supply of high-quality components.”

Can-Tron’s manufacturing, sales and service will move to HAECO’s Loveland, Ohio, facility. Cary Norman and Karen Dohler, the founding partners of Can-Tron, will continue to provide technical expertise as consultants.

Briefly...
TruSeal Technologies of Beach-wood, Ohio, announced that it has received ISO 9001:2000 certification for its Barbourville, Ky., facility … LCS Precision Molding of Waterville, Minn., announced that is has been registered as an ISO 9001-2000 compliant company with Perry Johnson Registrars Inc. of Southfield, Mich. 

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