Volume 41, Issue 10 - October 2006

Distribution&Production

Tubelite to Consolidate Corporate Offices in Walker, Michigan
Tubelite Inc. has announced that it will be consolidating its corporate office with its assembly, warehousing and distribution operations in Walker, Mich. The move is expected to be complete by the end of January 2007.

The consolidation will involve moving the Reed City-based corporate offices approximately 60 miles south to Walker. The move is intended to improve lead times and streamline the flow of information between client services, estimating, engineering, logistics, project management and production. According to information from the company, the corporate administrative functions will move to the Walker location to be closer to vendors and professional constituencies they deal with on a daily basis, most of which are located in the greater Grand Rapids area.

The consolidation will also provide for an expansion of the company’s assembly, warehousing and distribution in the facility currently occupied in Walker, according to information from the company. This expansion will allow for future growth. 

The company expects all existing salaried personnel in the corporate office to continue in their current positions at the new location. 

New Paint Finishing Line Designed to Boost Productivity
Atlanta-based Southern Aluminum Finishing Co. (SAF) has designed a new paint finishing line especially for architectural panels and assemblies. The paint line has been installed in its fabrication center to facilitate speedy turnaround of fabricated panels and parts.

According to information from the company, construction of the new paint line took four months, and the line has been operational since August 1st. Company representatives would not disclose the cost of the line. 

The line can handle sizes up to 3- by 8- by 24-feet, and is automated with integral parts dry-off and curing ovens to speed up the curing process. The company also expects lead time reductions since painting capacity has more than doubled and material doesn’t have to be shuttled between facilities. According to the company, the line is designed to minimize the possibility of cross contamination in the oven and reduce debris in the finish. The line is also approved to apply all major Kynar/Hylar based finishes, including: Duranar®, Fluropon®, Fluropon Classic® and Sunstorm®.

Additionally, company representatives say the new paint line features one of the lowest environmental footprints in the country. A zero discharge pre-treat system is designed to meet or exceed upcoming EPA requirements. In addition, SAF has implemented a Chrome Chromate pretreatment to facilitate customers’ needs to have alodine pretreated material for adhesion purposes.

Technoform Finalizes Sales Agreement with FeneRep 
Technoform of Twinsburg, Ohio, has finalized an agreement with FeneRep, a newly-formed Poplar, Wis.-based sales organization, to sell its I-Spacer insulating glass spacer to window manufacturers throughout Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

FeneRep was founded by Chuck Gilderman and Paul Gundersen to provide window and door components, adhesives and sealants to window and door manufacturers throughout the central United States and central Canada. Both Gilderman and Gundersen have more than 20 years of experience in OEM sales and technical development of window and door systems for window and door manufacturers throughout North America. 

“In order to continue Technoform’s successful entry into the North American market, it was vital to align ourselves with sales partners that share our values and commitment to comprehensive, customer-focused consultative services,” said Mark Silverberg, president of Technoform’s North American division. “We are pleased that FeneRep has joined the network of industry specialists we have assembled to provide expert technical and customer support.”

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