Volume 43, Issue 1 - January 2008
AGC Flat Glass Sells Fabrication Operation
AGC Flat Glass North America Inc. has sold the operations at its Albuquerque, N.M., plant to Tucson-based Glaz-Tech Industries. Glaz-Tech is a glass product distributor that has multiple locations in the Southwestern United States. It assumed control of the glass fabrication operation in November.
“The Albuquerque fabrication facility has struggled to meet our expectations in recent years,” says Brad Kitterman, president and chief executive officer of AGC Flat Glass North America.
“The combination of increased costs and inconsistent demand led us to decide we should sell this glass fabrication operation.”
Glaz-Tech plans to operate the Albuquerque facility with the existing workforce, equipment and fleet.
According to its vice president, Alex Miramontez, Glaz-Tech “hopes to be able to service the market a little bit better” by expanding the products offered at the Albuquerque plant. He stated that Glaz-Tech will continue to carry AGC products, but also will expand to include products from Guardian, Versalex, PPG and Vitro.
The Albuquerque plant may not be the only sale by AGC. As Kitterman explains, “AGC was also reviewing options on the possible sale of its fabrication operations in Tulsa, Okla.”
Intermac Canadian Dealer Network Continuing to Expand
Headquartered in Stanstead, Quebec, Derusha Supply has specialized in products, tools and equipment for the stone industry for 30 years. Under the terms of the agreement, Derusha will take on the complete line of Intermac equipment.
Intermac’s parent company, Biesse S.p.A. of Pesaro, Italy, is making substantial investments in Canadian subsidiaries Biesse Canada and Intermac Canada. In addition to working actively to strengthen its Canadian dealer network—Canadian corporation J.R. Normand Inc. signed on as a distributor this past summer—the company also is bolstering its manpower in Canada to keep up with increasing demand. A new office, where both Biesse Canada and Intermac Canada will operate, opened in Toronto at the end of 2007. www.intermaccanada.com
Arch Aluminum & Glass Holds Open House
“We are very proud of this operation, and with the additional space and equipment they will be able to service the customer base better than anyone in their market,” says Arch vice president of operations Rick Silverstein. Additionally, Arch offered several classes about hurricane-resistant materials, as the issue has become a major concern for the region.
“With our industry leading experience from our Florida HQ, no one is better positioned than Arch to take the lead in hurricane material service than Arch,” says Jeff Ziesche, director of aluminum operations. The Houston branch is one of five facilities throughout the state of Texas that service both glass and aluminum needs.