Country’s Largest Contract Glazier,
Trainor Glass, Announces Consolidation
Just after it took the spot as top glazing contractor in the country (see
March 2011 USGlass, page 30) Chicago-based Trainor Glass Co. says it is
consolidating several core business units and plant production to match
the projected marketplace and is closing a number of locations. Its Illinois
headquarters office has relocated to new space in downtown Chicago. The
Alsip, Ill., building, which also included a plant, is up for sale and
will be consolidated into other locales over a period of time. A number
of employees were given lay-off notices in March as well.
According to a statement issued by the company March 11, the Champaign,
Ill., and South Bend, Ind., facilities also are being “consolidated.”
The Las Vegas and Casper, Wyo., operations are being scaled back and will
be handled out of the Phoenix and Denver offices respectively. Those facilities
are “still doing active business—just consolidating operational costs
to reflect current marketplace conditions,” said the statement.
The company says these four locations (Champaign, South Bend, Las Vegas
and Casper) represent less than 2 percent of Trainor’s total business.
These are proactive moves intended to better position the company’s products
and offerings, and it still has more than 400,000 square feet of strategically
located plants that remain in full production mode with solid backlogs,
said the statement.
In addition to these closures, Trainor announced in January the opening
of a new division in Jacksonville, Fla. The Jacksonville division will
manage two key projects: The UNF Science & Humanities Building and
Wolfson Children’s Hospital Adult Tower.
Kawneer Relocates, Expands Midwest Service Center
Kawneer Co. Inc., an Alcoa business based in Norcross, Ga., has announced
plans to relocate and expand its Midwest service center. The new location
and increased capabilities, an investment in excess of $4 million, will
nearly double the company’s presence in the Midwest. This also will enable
the installation of a new flexible fabrication line, resulting in shorter
lead times and an expanded product offering for customers across the region.
The move is scheduled to occur in the third quarter of 2011.
Horton Automatics Acquires Automatic Door Enterprises
Horton Automatics, a division of Overhead Door Corp., has acquired Automatic
Door Enterprises (ADE) in Lansdale, Pa., and its affiliated companies.
According to the announcement, Horton Automatics will maintain Automatic
Door Enterprises’ identity and entrepreneurial drive. ADE and its affiliates
serve the automatic door installation and service needs for customers
in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware and West Virginia.
Basco Acquires Ohio Glass Fabricator
Basco Manufacturing Co., a Mason, Ohio-based bath enclosure manufacturer,
has acquired Addis Glass Fabricating Inc., a wholesale glass fabricator
in Hamilton, Ohio. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.
Basco’s director of marketing communications, Linda Garman, told USGlass
that at this time the company has released only local information. Additional
information will be available later this year as the company finalizes
its future strategies.
Walker Glass Headquarters Gets a New
Walker Glass headquarters in Montreal have undergone a transformation
as the facilities have received a renovated work environment. Beginning
in January 2009 and lasting a little more than a year, the renovation
included a new visitors’ entrance, updated showroom, reorganization of
the administrative offices and the construction of an employees’ campus
that includes a fully equipped training room.
“Having not done a significant renovation in over a decade, it really
was time,” says Lee Harrison, president of Walker Glass.
“Our space was still fairly functional but definitely tired. As the scope
of the business evolves, so do the infrastructure requirements of its
offices and employees. This gave us a chance to get caught up and even
be a step ahead of the ongoing evolution.”
Renovated areas feature Starphire glass with Walker’s Nuance patterns
and acid-etched finishes throughout.
Cardinal Glass Opens Facility in Colorado
Cardinal Glass is opening a facility in Loveland, Colo., to produce tempered
safety glass for door and window manufacturers there. The company recently
purchased a nearly 59,000-square-foot facility and is in the process of
making improvements to the property. The company plans to employ up to
20 people in the first five years.
“We are thrilled to be locating in Loveland. The proximity to some of
our existing customers in the state, reduced shipping costs and extremely
low local power rates made this the best business decision for our company,”
says Chris Moore, plant manager.
Production Set to Begin at New Extrusion Plant in British Columbia
Vitrum Industries, a glass fabricator in Langley, British Columbia, has
launched a sister company, Apex Aluminum Extrusions Ltd., also located
in Langley. The new company is focusing on extrusions for building-related
products. According to the announcement, the decision was made to launch
Apex because of the potential synergies of supplying aluminum extrusions
to Vitrum’s existing customer base.
“For the past two years our customers have discussed their concerns about
their current extrusion suppliers, especially with the need for another
local supplier,” says Thomas Martini, chief executive officer. “We feel
that our timing is correct to bring to market another option for our customers
so that they have a strong comfort level knowing that they have a high-quality
supplier with a long-term commitment to this market, not only in fabricated
glass but also in aluminum extrusions.”
The new 80,000-square-foot factory will operate an 8-inch, 2,750-metric-ton
front loading extrusion press. At start up, Apex will have 20 employees.
Bill de Koning serves as general manager. He has spent 20 years with Indalex
and served as general manager of the company’s Western Canadian locations.
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