Cristacurva Emerges As Majority Owner of Craftsman Fabricated
Industry veterans Bob Lawrence, president of Craftsman Fabricated Glass
and Francisco Sanchez, chief executive officer of Cristacurva, have signed
an agreement for Glass Wholesalers Inc., d/b/a Craftsman Fabricated Glass,
to receive a significant investment from Cristacurva, a glass fabrication
company based in Guadalajara, Mexico. According to the announcement, the
new investment will allow Cristacurva to take a majority ownership position
in Craftsman, while allowing Lawrence to remain as minority shareholder
and as a senior member of management. The planned investment will bring
together two existing glass fabrication companies with complementary production
and customer services.
According to the announcement, the close alignment of Craftsman with Cristacurva
provides an opportunity for both companies to better serve southeast Texas
The investment by Cristacurva allows Lawrence to conclude a refinancing
plan that has occupied his time for more than one year. He tells USGlass
that he is very excited about the prospects going forward.
“I have spent considerable time with our investor, Francisco Sanchez over
the last few months, and he has been the perfect gentleman,” Lawrence
says. “When I shared a message of support that he had sent to me
with our employees, he followed with another message to me that I will
share, because it is indicative of his personality, and why I was receptive
to Francisco as a partner: ‘Thanks a lot for your attitude and good faith
in me and in making a good team for accomplish(ing) good goals for both,
for all of the team and for the company. Now we are partners and members
of the same adventure and I want it to be interesting, profitable and
one that gives all of us enough fun. Business is not good business without
challenge and fun. Trust and support from each other and everybody on
the team will be needed to walk faster to a successful situation.’”
Lawrence adds, “I can’t imagine anyone not wanting to have a partner with
this attitude. Additionally, Francisco understands that having a
strong relationship with our vendors is important. So now that we are
soon to be properly capitalized, we intend to work hard, be successful,
profitable and have fun doing it. What else could we want?”
Crystal Windows to Integrate Operations
Crystal Window & Door Systems has announced its Chicago-based affiliate
manufacturer’s, Crystal Windows & Doors Illinois Manufacturing (Crystal
Chicago), operations will be integrated into the Flushing, N.Y.-based national
operations. The move combines the 80,000-square-foot Chicago factory with
the company’s current 340,000-square-foot network of window production and
aluminum extrusion facilities. Plans also call for the expansion of production
capabilities and product lines made by the Chicago facility.
Kawneer Expands Capabilities at Austell,
Kawneer Co. Inc. has invested approximately $1 million in the expansion
of capabilities at its 52,000-square-foot Austell, Ga., facility. The
improvements were made to provide customers with a broader range of resources,
as well as increased production, storage and inventory, resulting in shorter
lead times and enhanced quality, according to the company announcement.
Company representatives say the investment in new fabrication equipment
and technology will give Kawneer the flexibility to better meet the demand
of today’s market, as well as future demands when the market improves,
and to do so while remaining cost competitive.
Kawneer’s Austell service center offers stock items, a custom door line,
framing systems, welding, fabrication and packing. According to the announcement,
many of the enhancements are related to improvements in technology, allowing
information to flow quickly and increasing the speed of accuracy.
“We’re proud to be growing and extending our capabilities in Austell,”
says Diana Perreiah, vice president of business operations for Kawneer
North America, adding, “This is only the beginning—there will be more
National Construction Enterprises Now
Has Glass Facade Focus
National Enclosure Co. LLC (NEC), a nationally focused curtainwall contractor
specializing in advance facade systems on commercial buildings, has completed
its formation as a newly formed subsidiary of National Construction Enterprises.
NEC was created to address the entire wall envelope including glass, aluminum,
terracotta, granite and stone.
“The formation of National Enclosure Co. represents our current goals
and aspirations which are to serve clients on a national level and to
raise the bar on expectations,” says Paul Becks, executive vice president
of NEC. “The expectations of the client, especially for an advanced facade
system, are for a high-level of performance and execution and we have
mobilized our expertise to focus on these goals.”
According to the company announcement, with executive oversight on all
projects, NEC aims to distinguish itself with an emphasis on project delivery
planning as well as the cumulative, expansive experience of related subsidiaries.
CPFilms Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of St. Louis-based
Solutia Inc., has launched a new website supporting its Vista™ window
film brand. The site,
www.vista-films.com, features an interactive “one-minute challenge”
tool that lets visitors calculate their potential energy and cost savings,
performance data, film-to-glass recommendations and other technical information,
as well as dedicated dealer portals.
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