Volume 40,   Issue 1                             January 2005

Company News

C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. Revamps Website with "Real Time" Order Access

Based in Los Angeles, C. R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) has added real-time order access to its website, www.crlaurence.com. According to the company, the new feature not only allows customers to place orders, but they can also access, in real time, the CRL internal system to check on or change orders.

“We feel that this new element is one of the most innovative features of any business-to-business (B2B) website in the industry,” said Donald E. Friese, president and chief executive officer. “We have always believed that our customers’ most precious resource, time, should be devoted to his or her own business, and [we] have strived to make the most time-efficient systems for ordering information.”

Friese continued, “Several years ago, we set up an efficient and easy to use website ordering system that provided customers access to our entire electronic catalog, enabling customers to make purchases securely online, at any time. Now, however, we have improved that system to allow real-time access to information regarding orders. Not only can [our] customers immediately view open orders and change or add to them, they can also have questions answered by staff members dedicated solely to B2B commerce and online questions.”

Site visitors will find information on the company’s more than 30,000 products, as well as each of its catalogs in PDF format. Project tutorial videos, specification data and more are also included on the site.
www.crlaurence.com or call 800/421-6144.

American Metalcraft Sales Changes its Name
American Metalcraft Sales Inc., of Lilburn, Ga., has changed its name to Architectural Metal Sales. According to a company news release, this change was made to reduce any confusion between their sales capabilities and the manufacturers represented. 

The company offers an array of products that complete a building’s envelope including metal panels, column covers, sunshades, louvers and screen wall systems. 
www.amssales.com.

AGE Receives ISO Certification
Allied Glass Experts LLC (AGE) of Kansas City, Kan., has received certification of compliance with ISO 9001:2000. The certification was issued October 24 of 2003. Company president Hank Chamberlain made the announcement now that procedures have been issued, refined, proven effective and twice audited so as to be consistent with the company’s approach to quality assurance.

AGE provides glazing system design, failure analysis, product development, testing, consulting and forensic services for glass and glazing in architectural and transportation applications.
www.alliedglassexperts.com or call 913/287-9200.

Morse Relocates Southern California Facility
Due to continual expansion, Morse Industries has announced it is relocating its Southern California location to a larger facility in Brea, Calif. It will be servicing the Southwestern United States from this location.

“This new facility allows us the ability to stock more inventory while allowing room for future growth,” said Terry Morse, chief executive officer. “We are constantly trying to improve our service and this new facility provides the capacity and flexibility to ship orders faster while servicing a larger customer base.”

The company said truck delivery schedules will not change, however will-call orders will be received in Brea.
www.morseindustries.com or call 253/852-1399.

Ramapo Relocates to South Carolina
Ramapo Sales and Marketing, previously headquartered in Fairfield, N.J., has relocated its headquarters to North Charleston, S.C. According to Jason Douglas, general manager, a service center has been opened in Clifton, N.J., so that service to customers in the Northeast will not be disrupted.

“Moving was necessitated by a tremendous expansion in our customer base. This precipitated a need to increase the number of our distribution points,” said Douglas. “Charleston was chosen for our headquarters because it is a major commercial city, offering superior land transportation and seaport support.”

Douglas continued, “Several of our suppliers are European firms, so an efficient seaport city is necessary to meet the ever-growing demands of our U.S. customers.” 

The company’s North Charleston facility has more than 25,000 square feet of warehouse space, and will eventually include manufacturing as well as a full inventory of window and insulating glass supplies.
www.ramaposales.com or call 800/866-9173. 

3rd Annual NSA Design Awards Competition Entries Online
The National Sunroom Association (NSA) unveiled the 147 entries of its third annual Design Awards. The Design Awards is a national competition to honor the top sunrooms designed and built the previous year in the United States and Canada. Consumers may browse the NSA website to view the entries and those who constructed them.

“We are very pleased with the quality of entries we received this year,” said Tony Bouquot of Patio Enclosures Inc. and chairperson of the competition. “These entries represent the very best in sunroom design in the United States.”
All entrants are submitted to a judging panel consisting of three judges from the architecture field who follow a blind format for choosing the winner. Each judge is a professor in their field at a top architectural institution: Rice University, the University of Southern California and Clemson University. 
www.nationalsunroom.org

GGI Appointed as Bischoff Glastechnik’s Exclusive North American Distributor
BGT Bischoff Glastechnik AG (BGT) of Bretten, Germany, has appointed General Glass International (GGI) of Secaucus, N.J., its exclusive representative for architectural glass in North America.

Through the partnership, GGI will offer the following BGT products in North America: Bi-Step walk-on structural glass flooring with a code-compliant, slip-resistant surface for use in floors, bridges, landings and stairs; Bi-Color, large dimension (106 by 236 inches) decorative and functional silkscreened or printed glass for exterior and interior applications; Bi-Fixed Point, fully engineered point-supported structural glazing systems; Bi-Radar, radar damping glass to prevent image reflection; and Bi-Combiset, laminated bullet- and blast-resistant glass for high-level security applications.
Info+ www.generalglass.com or call 800/431-2042.

Mid-AM Metal Forming Breaks Ground on New Texas Location
Mid-AM Metal Forming has announced it is breaking ground on a new location in Terrell, Texas. The new facility will occupy 20,000 square feet and perform stretch forming and fabrication operations. The company currently has two stretch forming machines in Terrell that service the curtainwall, storefront, handrail, window, aerospace, marine and specialized commercial vehicle industry.

The new facility will have three stretch forming machines, an annealing and heat-treating oven and a new fabrication line. Capabilities will include radius cutting, break metal fabrication, as well as drilling, punching and notching capabilities. 

The company says the building has been designed with expansion in mind, as it has plans to add a high solids paint line in the future.
www.midammetal.com or call 417/753-2888.

F. Barkow Updates Website
Milwaukee-based F. Barkow Inc. has recently updated its website, www.barkow.com. The company has added a secure parts order form, so customers can now order replacement parts online in a secure environment.

Once a customer completes the online form, the encrypted form is sent immediately to the F. Barkow office for fulfillment.
www.barkow.com or call 414/332-7311. 


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