Volume 43, Issue 10 - October 2008
Ohio Gratings Inc. in Canton, Ohio, has added a new division to its company—OGi Architectural Metal Solutions. This new division has been created to expand into the architectural metals market providing aluminum, carbon and stainless steel products for projects requiring architectural applications such as sunshades, grilles, fencing, handrail infill, building facades, louvers and ADA walking surfaces.
“The new division was tied into the Florida joint venture with American Metalco,” explains Carl Griffin, director of marketing.
In May, Ohio Gratings Inc. had announced a joint venture with American Metalco in Longwood, Fla. (see July 2008 USGlass, page 26).
Griffin adds, “While they operate within the state of Florida, our new division will focus on hot spots within the United States, looking at opportunities in Chicago and New York City as well as the Southwest. Louvers, grilles and sunscreen are more prevalent in the sunnier, hotter climates in the Southeast and Southwest.”
Since adding this division the company has hired one individual with experience in the architectural field, and are making plans to hire additional help. In the meantime, the company is expecting its new division to benefit from its relationship with its joint venture partner.
“We’ll learn from American Metalco as they have more experience in this market. Their services include design and structural engineering support for their products, which also are more diverse than our product offering at this point. Our manufacturing facilities in Canton will come up to speed and produce some of the products they currently are buying from other sources. They also have experience installing their products, something we currently stay away from,” Griffin says.
“All and all, it’s a win-win for Ohio Gratings and our architectural division and partner.”
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Edgetech I.G. Unveils
The SustainaView campaign includes product literature, a DVD, posters and window labels, and is soon to be followed by a customized web page. Among the product literature is a full-color brochure that discusses how windows made with SustainaView technology help homeowners cut energy costs while standing the test of time.
All SustainaView literature is produced using waterless printing on Forest Stewardship Council-certified paper, as waterless printing has the ability to produce high-quality prints in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way. ❙❙➤ www.sustainaview.com
The company says the revamped website is more intuitive than it was before and has been reorganized for quick and easy navigation. The site includes straightforward menu tabs, interactive tools and downloadable files, as well as a myriad of service and support information. One of the new features on the site is a “Literature and Support” grid that is organized by product category to make finding specific product documents efficient. The site is updated regularly with schedules for training seminars, traveling exhibits and trade shows. ❙❙➤ www.kaba-ilco.com
The site also offers product crossover linking to assist customers with product choices based on which substrate they are cutting. Distributors also have a home link to their own portal site where they can download product images and brochures at the click of a button. ❙❙➤ www.fletcher-terry.com
Flower City Glass
In addition to the user-friendly navigation, the site houses detailed image galleries highlighting the company’s work throughout the Rochester, Syracuse and Buffalo, N.Y., regions. ❙❙➤ www.flowercityglass.com
The Inc. 5000 list measures revenue growth from 2004 to 2007. In order to qualify companies must be based in the United States, privately held and independent. They must have had at least $200,000 in revenue in 2004 and $2 million in 2007.
GANA also has had a new presentation accredited by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) with one learning unit toward continuing education in the architectural field. “Coated Glass” looks at the history and technology behind glass coatings, as well as applications and enhancements, specificallyin the realm of energy efficiency. It examines various technologies and applications, as well as cost savings to buildings that utilize coated glazing in the structure. ❙❙➤ www.glasswebsite.com