Volume 41, Issue 4 - April 2006

Distribution&Production

Viracon Chooses Location in Utah for Third Plant

Viracon, headquartered in Owatonna, Minn., with a second plant in Statesboro, Ga., has announced that its third architectural glass fabrication plant will be in St. George, Utah, in the state’s southwest corner, bordering Arizona and Nevada. Once at full capacity, the new $25 million facility is expected to increase the company’s glass fabrication capacity by approximately $40 million.

“Our search focused first on the best southwest location to meet the needs of our customers in the west. Then we looked at quality of life, work force and economics. As we talked with officials from St. George and Utah, we realized that from all perspectives, St. George would meet our needs and theirs,” said Bill Wright, vice president of manufacturing for the new facility.

Viracon will break ground next month and expects to be operational in April 2007. The plant will include two insulating glass lines, as well as tempering, laminating, coating and silk-screening production lines. When fully operational, the facility is expected to employ between 250-300 employees.

DFI and GLASSource Sign Five-Year OEM License
Diamon-Fusion International Inc. (DFI) has signed a five-year license agreement with Michigan-based GLASSource, a U.S. glass fabricator with a distribution network throughout Michigan, Northern Indiana, Illinois and Ohio.

“We have been doing a lot of research, for more than two years, to find the very best coating for our products and found Diamon-Fusion® to be the most cost-effective and all around best option in the market place today,” said Jim Arnold, president of GLASSource.

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