Volume 37, Issue 3, March 2002

CompanyNews

TRACO Forms New Company with Purchase of Manufacturing Facility
TRACO of Cranberry Township, Pa., has announced that it has formed a new company, TRACO Architectural Systems Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of TRACO located in Kingsport, Tenn. The new company will manufacture curtainwall, storefront and entrance door systems for architectural and heavy commercial applications. TRACO purchased the assets of an existing curtainwall/storefront company and manufacturing facility to accelerate the introduction of the first manufactured products in the late spring. The company from which TRACO acquired this facility was not disclosed due to the companies’ agreement at the time of the purchase.
“This acquisition completes TRACO’s broad product offering and will allow us to be a single-source provider for our industry,” said Robert P. Randall, president and chief executive officer of TRACO. “We can provide every type of fenestration including commercial and architectural windows and doors, storefronts, curtainwall and skylights.” With the addition of the Kingsport, Tenn., location, TRACO now operates eight manufacturing facilities, covering approximately 2 million square feet.


Simonton and Vantage Team to Offer Consumer Rebate Program
Simonton Windows of Parkersburg, W.Va., and Vantage Products of Conyers, Ga., have partnered to offer a consumer rebate program. According to the two companies, the program allows builders, remodelers and dealers to offer homeowners the opportunity to save 10 percent off the cost of decorative vinyl shutters from Vantage when they purchase a Simonton window or patio door.

“This is a terrific tool for building industry professionals to use when closing sales on new construction and replacement windows,” said Chris Monroe, director of corporate marketing for Simonton. “This ‘added incentive’ for homeowners to purchase Simonton products is a good financial benefit as well as a sensible way to add durable, low-maintenance vinyl products to their homes.”

The 10-percent rebate offer is valid on Vantage shutters when purchasing Simonton products prior to December 31, 2002.

association news
NSA Holds First Sunroom Design Contest
The National Sunroom Association (NSA) has announced its first Sunroom Design Awards Competition, which will recognize and reward sunroom designs that enhance the beauty of homes or commercial buildings, according to NSA president Bob Ottaway.

“The NSA Sun-room Design Awards were created to recognize innovation and excellence in the use of sunrooms,” he said.
The awards will be divided into three categories: sunrooms costing $12,000 and under; sunrooms costing $12,000 to $25,000; and sunrooms costing $25,000 or more.

SUNROOM Sunrooms will be judged based on complexity of the design.

Sunrooms entered into the contest must have been completed between January 1, 2001, and December 31, 2001. Judging will be based upon the complexity of the sunroom design and how well it works within the overall design of the home or commercial building. Winners in each category will receive a cash prize, recognition at NSA’s fall meeting and national publicity. Professors of architecture who specialize in sustainable design and emergent technologies will judge the first annual Sunroom Design Awards Competition.

Entries are due by June 30, 2002.

ASTM Becomes ASTM International
The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) has changed its name to ASTM International. The name change comes as part of the society’s attempt to reinforce the openness of the ASTM standards and development process to worldwide input, as well as reflecting the global application and use of ASTM standards, according to James Thomas, ASTM International’s president.

With the new name has come a new logo, which is equipped with a tagline, “Standards Worldwide,” to underscore the international message and reinforce the organization’s image, according to information from ASTM International. 

In addition to the name change, ASTM has begun offering Internet-based standards development forums. 

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Glass Equipment Development Inc. of Twins-burg, Ohio, recently announced that its sales, training, field service, technical phone and software support associates are now co-located in a customer-focused facility designed to achieve the company’s goal of improving service to customers by focusing on speed, accuracy and response throughout their sales and service departments.

Mapes Industries of Lincoln, Neb., is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary as a company this year.

Adhesives Research Inc. of Glen Rock, Pa., recently celebrated its fortieth anniversary in the pressure-sensitive adhesives industry.


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