Volume 34, Number 5, May 1999

 

Industry News

Caradon Sells Door and Window Manufacturing Companies to Nortek

In an effort to focus on fewer larger businesses, Caradon plc has sold Peachtree Doors and Windows, Thermal-Gard and Caradon Windows and Doors, to Nortek Inc., based in Providence, RI. According to the company, the sale is a part of Caradon’s disposal program announced in 1998. To date, Caradon has sold ten businesses in North America, Europe and the United Kingdom, as part of this program.

According to Nortek, Peachtree Windows and Doors, based in Norcross, GA, adds a strong consumer brand name to Nortek’s window business. In addition, Peachtree manufactures and sells entry doors, a product line which Nortek currently does not offer and which will allow the company to offer a more complete package to builders.

Nortek believes its vinyl window market will be strengthened by the acquisition of Thermal-Gard, based in Punxsutawney, PA, a leader in this market. Additionally, Thermal-Gard manufactures and sells sunrooms, a product line which complements Nortek’s vinyl window replacement businesses.

The purchase of Caradon Windows and Doors, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, will help expand Nortek’s sales in the western part of North America, according to the company.

"This acquisition aggressively expands our North American presence in the windows and doors marketplace," said Richard L. Bready, Nortek’s chairman and CEO. "These companies will be added to Nortek’s Windows, Doors and Siding Group, which already include some of the country’s leading manufacturers of quality windows, patio doors, vinyl siding and vinyl-siding accessories."

Nortek, which operates production and distribution facilities in 20 U.S. states, Canada, Italy, Germany and Hong Kong, employs more than 10,00 people, The company reported 1998 sales of $1.7 billion.

PPG To Buy Imperial Chemical Industries

PPG Industries of Pittsburgh will purchase Imperial Chemical Industries global automotive refinish and industrial coatings businesses for approximately $684 million. The purchase excludes ICI business units in the Indian subcontinent, but includes the acquisition of production and related facilities in England, Indonesia, Malaysia and the United States.

Although subject to regulatory approvals, the transaction is expected to be complete by mid-year for elements in Europe and the Americas, later in 1999 for Asian segments, according to Raymond L. LeBoeuf, PPG chairman and chief executive.

"This acquisition affords us the opportunity to expand businesses that have high priority for growth at PPG," said LeBoeuf.

ADCO Global Positions Itself as Global Supplier with Recent Acquisitions of Two Companies

With the recent acquisition of two companies in the sealants, adhesives and coatings industry, ADCO Global Inc., is closer to its goal of positioning itself as a leading global supplier of specialty products. ADCO Global is a private company formed by Aurora Capital Group of Los Angeles, an investment firm that acquires and builds companies in partnership with operating management.

ADCO Global acquired all the outstanding stock of Tioga International Inc. on March 31 and assets of the ADCO Products division of Astor Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of AlliedSignal Inc. on April 29.

"We are committed to building a world-class adhesives, sealants and coatings company," said Boyd D. Wainscott, chairman and CEO of ADCO Global Inc. "The combination of ADCO Products and Tioga International creates a superb platform from which to launch our drive to reach this goal. ADCO and Tioga have complementary product lines, development capabilities and geographic strengths, and we have already begun to capture synergies, plan international growth and identify add-on acquisition targets."

Philip D. Beery, ADCO President, along with other members of the ADCO management team, will continue as ADCO’s senior operating managers under the new ownership.

ACQUISITIONS AND MERGERS

Solutia Purchases CPFilms

After months of speculation about possible suitors for window manufacturer CPFilms, Solutia Inc. of St. Louis, announced that it has purchased the Martinsville, VA-based company from the Akzo Nobel N.V. for $200 million.

"The acquisition of CPFilms illustrates Solutia’s strong commitment to profitable growth," said Robert G. Potter, chairman and CEO of Solutia. "It’s also an excellent addition to our product portfolio, particularly in relationship to our Saflex™ plastic interlayer business."

"As we work to grow our Saflex business, CPFilms’ global leadership not only will extend our product offering to the glass and plastic substrate markets, but the combined technologies allow us to provide laminated product combinations and performance characteristics that were not possible before," Potter continued. "This acquisition reflects our growth strategy of concentrating on higher margin businesses that are leaders in their respective markets."

Ken Vickers, president and CEO of CPFilms will head the CPFilms unit of Solutia. He will report to Mike Miller, Solutia’s vice chairman. "Solutia is an ideal partner for CPFilms," said Vickers. "We have a similar business culture being evolved from large corporations—we from Courtaulds and Solutia from Monsanto."

Akzo Nobel N.V. purchased CPFilms seven months ago from Courtaulds plc. According to Solutia, CPFilms generates approximately $130 million per year in sales and employs 640 people worldwide.


CODES AND REGULATIONS

Proposed Changes to NBC

The following changes/revisions were made to the National Building Code as interpreted by the AAMA:

Section 1608.4 B123—Corrects what AAMA considered to be overly-conservative snow load calculations for today’s roofs, and reflects current snow load calculations in ADCE 7-98. These reduced design snow loads are more accurate and make homes more affordable.

Section 2408.0 B141—Sets performance criteria for glass in floor systems and similar applications. Mandates laminated glass with a minimum of two plies and a safety factor of eight.

Section 603 O353—In a major rewrite of section 603, expands the use of combustible materials to doors, windows, door frames and window sash and frames from just the interior to the exterior for type III and IV buildings. As written, this section permits combustible materials for these applications on internal walls. Recommends use of combustible materials on external walls only if protection of openings is not required.

Section Table 704.8 FS 24—Ties wall opening fire resistive ratings with the wall rating. An opening should not be rated if an exterior wall does not have to be rated. For example, exterior walls in R-3 uses with a fire separation distance greater than 3 feet, type IIB and VB with a fire separation distance greater than 10 feet do not need to be rated.

Section 706.6 FS69—Clarifies the difference between rating requirements for fire resistive wall assemblies and opening protection assemblies. Walls are rated by the radiant heat resistance and hose stream criteria of ASTM E119. Fire resistive opening requirements are found in NFPA 252 and 257 and the area has limitations. New glazing materials meet both wall and opening requirements, so new distinguishing language is added.


INDUSTRY EVENTS

Glass Forum ’99 a Hit

Glass Forum ’99 was held in Manchester, NH, January 22-23. The show, larger than the previous year, attracted approximately 700 attendees. The show was co-sponsored by the Maine Glass Dealers Association, the Glass Association of New Hampshire and USGlass magazine.

One of the seminars, the special Auto Glass Installation Training, was presented by the Performance Achieve-ment Group of Madison, WI. The seminar covered the latest technology and safety installation standards. Also covered were the mission of the professional auto glass technician, auto glass customer service and the future of both auto glass and urethane.

"The show was pretty informative, I ended up buying products from one of the exhibitors," said Peter Abare of the Windshield Doctor, Williston, VT. Abare added that he learned a lot of good ideas from the Marketing for Profitability seminar. Some of the ideas are going to be implemented into his shop.

Tamara Kisieleski from Glass Masters of Wilmington, MA, agreed with Abare. All of the employees from Glass Masters attended the show. "The event was very informative. We also bought something from an exhibitor and are trying very hard to utilize the tools we learned at the Advanced Customer Service Strategies seminar," said Kisieleski. His company was also able to find several new sources just by walking through the show.

"It was a good show in all. I was able to find someone who fabricates beveled mirror," said Roxanne Lavoie from Custom Glass of Hooksett, NH.

One of the highlights of the show, for the second year, was the Belt Sander Races. The track was built and is owned by the Glass Association of New Hampshire and the Maine Glass Dealers Association. Nine companies entered this year’s event. The winner, Bill Brodie of Classic Glass, was awarded a trophy, t-shirt and mug.

Next year’s show will be held April 7-8 in New Hampshire.


INTERNATIONAL

TRACO Announces Joint Venture with Lingyun Group Ltd.

TRACO of Pittsburgh, has announced a joint venture with Lingyun Group Limited Co. of Wuhan, Peoples Republic of China, a large curtainwall manufacturer there. The new venture, Wuhan-TRACO Lingyun Energy Saving Windows and Doors Co. Ltd. "will present opportunities significant to our long-term growth strategy of global expansion," said Robert P. Randall, TRACO president and CEO.

TRACO’s role will be to provide the technology, training and investment to begin producing in China by the fall of 1999. The product line will include aluminum and vinyl windows and doors for residential and commercial projects in the Chinese and international markets.


MANUFACTURING, DISTRIBUTION AND PRODUCTION

Security Lock Strengthens Ingersoll-Rand Ties

Boston-based Security Lock Distributors is expanding its relationship with Ingersoll-Rand. Security Lock will add the complete line of Schlage Lock mechanical and electrical hardware to its distribution centers. This allows the company to offer a complete Ingersoll-Rand mechanical and electrical hardware package.

In other news, Security Lock has moved to a larger facility with a 100-percent increase in space. The new facility enables Security Lock to increase its stock capacity and have room for additional growth, according to the company. Included in the new site are multi-level pallet shelving and a showroom which is convertible into a dealer training area where classes can be conducted.

Sovis Opens Facility in Madison, GA

Sovis North America, a division of Saint-Gobain, has begun production of tempered and bent glass for commercial refrigeration display cases at its new facility in Madison, GA. The 20-employee, 55,000-square-foot facility is located on a 16-acre tract. According to the company, it plans to produce flat, bent and tempered Ultra-Vision® anti-reflective glass in the next few months.

LCS Precision Molding to Expand

LCS Precision Molding (formerly Lake Country Sales Inc.) of Elysian, MN, is planning to expand from three locations to a centralized 50,000-square-foot building. The new facility will be located in or around the Faribault/Mankato, MN, area. The company is working with the MN Trade and Economic Development board and MN Technology on the move.

SUS-RAP Opens New Facility

Rockwall, TX, is the site for the new 55,000 square-foot facility for SUS-RAP Protective Packaging of Danville, VA. The Menasha Pad line of protective packaging products are being manufactured at the new facility. The Rockwall facility will allow the company to better supply customers in Mexico and the Southwest, according to the company. The company chose Rockwall due to its vicinity to Dallas and major highways which make it ideal for attracting employees, receiving raw materials and supplying customers needs.


QUALITY

Several Companies Receive Certification

Several companies have recently received various forms of certification. The ADCO unit within the adhesives and sealants business of AlliedSignal Specialty Chemicals in Michigan Center, MI, has been registered for ISO 9000 and QS 9000 compliance; Alloy Fasteners Inc. with warehouses in Florida, Tennessee, Rhode Island, Texas and Missouri, has achieved ISO 90002 certification; Hilti Inc. of Tulsa, OK, says it has become the first company in Oklahoma and one of a select few U.S. companies to receive ISO 14001 certification. In addition, the company received recertification of its ISO 9001 quality system; MSC Specialty Films of Clearwater, FL, has been recommended for ISO 9001 certification; Techniform International Corp. of Rialto, CA, has received ISO 9002 certification; TRECO, an extension of Pittsburgh-based TRACO, has received ISO 9002 certification; AVCA Corporation of Maumee, OH, received registration to ISO 9001-1994, ANSI/ASQC

Q9001-1994 for engineering and architectural design activities; and Universal Superabrasives Inc. (USI) facilities in Bensenville, IL, and Bristol, PA, have received certification to ISO 9002. George Koch Sons, LLC, of Evansville, IL, has been awarded the ISO 9001 certification; J.E. Berkowitz, L.P. of Westville, NJ, has received certification to the standards of ISO 9002 1994.


SAFETY

TruSeal Technologies Recognized for Outstanding Safety

The Bar-bourville, KY, manufacturing facility of Beachwood, OH-based TruSeal Technologies Inc. has received the Kentucky Governor’s Safety and Health Award for its outstanding safety record. The plant was recognized for 1,734,182 hours worked without a lost-time accident.


ENVIRONMENT

EPA Issues Lead Warning

All renovators will be required to hand out the brochure, Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home, to all commercial owners and occupants starting June 1, 1999. The Environmental Protection Agency will require the brochure be issued prior to work being started. The rule covers modifications to walls and ceilings as well as window replacements.


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