EFCO Expands Product Accessibility with
Three New Distribution Centers
EFCO Corp., headquartered in Monett, Mo., will be opening
three new distribution centers.
“EFCO knows how important it is for today’s glazing contractors to obtain
materials quickly, consistently and cost-competitively,” says Mike Farquhar,
president and chief operating officer. To expand accessibility to its
products, EFCO will lease space from Pella® Window & Door distributors
in the Phoenix and Salt Lake City areas, and open a new EFCO distribution
center in Denver.
“As a Pella Co., EFCO is excited about leveraging the strategic physical
locations of the Pella system across the nation, selling products through
the industry’s most talented independent sales representatives to meet
the needs of glazing contractor customers,” Farquhar adds.
EFCO will inventory products at each location, and provide estimating
and customer service through the independent sales representative serving
area customers. “Our new distribution centers will provide regional access
to stock lengths, fabricated materials, entrance doors and selected curtainwall
accessories, helping reduce time and freight expenses for EFCO customers
seeking quality aluminum fenestration materials,” Farquhar says.
Zeledyne Installs Cutting System at Tulsa Plant
Zeledyne LLC has purchased a new Hegla glass cutting system for its Tulsa,
Okla., plant that, according to the announcement, can process up to 40
million square feet per year. Installation is underway and completion
is expected early this month.
“This $4 million investment at our Tulsa plant represents a significant
commitment to this plant and our manufacturing capability in general,”
says Michael McCarney, Zeledyne chief executive officer. “This system
will provide greater flexibility and responsiveness to our customers’
needs, while enhancing efficiency within the plant.”
McCarney adds, “This installation gives us greater capability, just as
we are starting to see some stabilization in the architectural glass market.
This positions Zeledyne well for the anticipated recovery in this segment
later this year.”
This marks the second major investment at Zeledyne’s Tulsa plant in less
than two years. The plant’s T-2 glass float line resumed production last
May after an extensive $30 million rebuild.
3M and National Glass Service Group Form
The 3M company and National Glass Service Group (NGSG) have formed an
exclusive alliance to market window film solutions to large national retail
chains. Through this agreement, NGSG will use 3M products and dealers
exclusively while 3M will concurrently pursue all national retail accounts
exclusively through NGSG. Details of the final agreement were not disclosed.
Now Available From Kingsburg, Calif., Plant
Auburn Hills, Mich.-based Guardian has announced that four of its SunGuard
architectural glass coatings are now available from the Kingsburg, Calif.,
plant. These coatings were previously made only at the Carleton, Mich.,
plant. According to the company, the coatings—SunGuard AG 43, AG 50, Neutral
40 and Neutral 50 low-E—offer a variety of reflectivity and performance
options for vision and spandrel glass. They are suitable for many different
types of commercial glass applications and contribute towards LEED certification.
The JEB Fleet Goes Green
J.E. Berkowitz LP (JEB) in Pedricktown, N.J., has partnered with the U.S.
Environmental Agency (EPA) on the SmartWay™ Transport Partnership program
to provide eco-friendly shipping and lessen its environmental footprint.
The SmartWay™ initiative was created in 2004 as a collaborative voluntary
program between the EPA and the freight industry to address greenhouse
gas emissions, fuel consumption, criteria pollutants and operating costs
associated with ground freight transportations.
According to the EPA website, “Freight vehicles use approximately 20 percent
of energy consumed by the U.S. transportation sector.” The site further
notes, “Ground freight accounts for 40 percent of the oxides of nitrogen
emissions and 31 percent of the particulate matter emissions from transportation
In order to become a SmartWay™ Transport Partner, a FLEET model must be
submitted that meets a series of criteria including emissions, engine
idling, aerodynamics, tires, low friction lubricants and average speed.
Once deemed a partner, a SmartWay™ company commits itself to improve its
total point score by 15 percent per year over a three-year period.
JEB is further looking to implement: adding eco flaps to the trucks (a
rain/mud flap for vehicles that increases miles per gallon); using only
SmartWay™ approved tires on trucks; reducing driving speeds by 5 mph,
which will lower emissions by 7 percent; and decreasing truck idling while
cranes are in use.
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