Trulite Announces Upcoming Consolidations,
Facility Accident Occurs
Trulite Glass & Aluminum in Tamarac, Fla., is consolidating
sites belonging to its recently merged businesses: the former Vitro America,
United Glass Corp. and Arch Aluminum & Glass (see August 2011 USGlass,
page 16). Which sites, however, it has yet to say.
“Consolidating the three companies involves the reduction of overlapping
footprints,” says Ben Thomas, director of strategic marketing for Trulite.
“We are eliminating redundancies by evaluating both their sites and footprints
and making our selection based on capabilities and cost to run the location.
There will be fewer total sites than the three companies had on their
own, but the same geography will be covered. Obvious consolidations will
occur, but our customers will have the same coverage.”
Which locations will be affected?
“This is an ongoing project and, as such, many of the answers to those
questions are still being worked out,” Thomas adds. “For both that reason
and [because] it is centric to how we run our operations I am unable to
It’s unknown whether or not the plant in Youngsville, N.C., will remain
open or close. That location was the site where, on August 5, an electrician
was killed by an accidental fall. Eric Eugene Black, 31, with Act Electric
of Wake Forest, N.C., died at the plant.
“Preliminary findings indicate that the electrician was working on a lift,
and a crane moving glass collided with his lift,” says Dolores Quesenberry,
a spokesperson for the North Carolina Department of Labor in Raleigh,
N.C. “He fell about 25 feet and died.”
The investigation will involve talking to eyewitnesses and employees,
and checking training records. Typically such investigations take between
three and four months to complete, she adds.
“Unfortunately this is not something we could comment on as an investigation
is underway,” Thomas says.
Acralight Acquires Mfg Rights for Certain Naturalite Products
Acralight International Skylights in Santa Ana, Calif., has acquired from
Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope™ the assets and manufacturing rights to produce
standard skylights, smoke vents and related products formerly produced
Lance McCabe, chairman and chief executive officer of Acralight, says
the acquisition did not include the Naturalite name, which is still owned
by Oldcastle. The acquisition was finalized July 12. As the acquisition
did not include the facility in Terrell, Texas, Acralight has moved into
a facility nearby.
Operating as Acralight International Skylights, Texas Division, McCabe
says the acquisition establishes the company as the only full-line manu-facturer
of skylights in the United States with manufacturing and shipping locations
east and west of the Rocky Mountains.
Also as a result of the acquisition, Acralight has hired Jeff Rutledge,
who had been the general manager of Naturalite for many years. Rutledge
will serve as vice president/general manager for Acralight’s central and
KL-megla America Acquires CHMI Assets
KL-megla America LLC in Oxnard, Calif., has finalized a deal with Touch
Red Inc. and State Central Bank of Keokuk, Iowa, to purchase the assets
of Custom Hardware Manufacturing Inc. (CHMI).
The purchase gives KL-megla, among other things, exclusive ownership of
CHMI’s portfolio of intellectual property. The new owner will continue
to manufacture and distribute much of the CHMI hardware. In addition,
the company is adding a Midwest
regional distribution and custom fabrication facility.
“The acquisition is a timely opp-ortunity that will inject stability and
confidence into the market,” says Peter Reinecke, chief executive officer.
CHMI closed in late 2009 due to financial insolvency, according to KL-megla.
Fletcher-Terry Co. Moves to New Corporate Facility
Fletcher-Terry has relocated to a new operating and manufacturing facility
in East Berlin, Conn. The new 47,000-square-foot facility houses its manufacturing,
warehousing, sales and marketing, customer service and the senior management
The new facility features a product display area allowing the company’s
distributors and customers to experience firsthand the performance value
that Fletcher substrate cutters provide to users.
Bohle America Forms New Department
Bohle America Inc. in Charlotte, N.C., has formed a new Bohle Industrial
Automatic Glass Cutting Technology and Chemicals Department in Harwinton,
Conn. This new department, led by Dana Barberet, director of cutting and
chemicals for Bohle America, will focus on developing and introducing
new glass cutting technology from the company’s manufacturing headquarters
in Haan, Germany.
Barberet will lead the department with Shawn Zenuh; both are veterans
with more than 30 years of experience in the U.S. automatic cutting industry.
Masonite Acquires Marshfield DoorSystems
Masonite Inc., headquartered in Tampa, Fla., has acquired Marshfield DoorSystems
Inc. Representatives say the acquisition will allow the company to offer
a wider range of products for
the commercial market.
Marshfield is a provider of doors and door components for commercial and
architectural applications; its 2010 revenue exceeded $100 million dollars.
No other financial details of the acquisition have been disclosed. It
employs approximately 600 people, with a primary facility in Marshfield,
Wis., and two smaller locations in Greensboro, N.C., and Largo, Fla.
FeneVision Hosts Glass Processing Automation Day 2011
Aurora, Ohio-based FeneTech, producers of FeneVision software, hosted
its first Glass Processing Automation Day in June. More than 40 attendees
from ten different countries representing 25 companies attended.
Sessions were conducted by Horst Mertes, director of global sales, and
Craig Morris, director of engineering, both of FeneTech. They introduced
the company’s version 7.6 software featuring the “Dashboard,” a one-stop
location for obtaining business metrics in real time. Mertes also explained
the advantages of using the iPad version.
“When glass breaks on the jobsite, contract glaziers can immediately reorder
on their iPad, instead of having to wait until they are back in their
offices,” he said.
The software’s production tool develops a work plan for each item ordered,
and operates on batch optimization. Its Opti-Break system shows releases
displayed by glass type and works through a touch screen for easy use
in the plant.
Morris presented the company’s iPad programs, stating, “Tablets are taking
off as acceptable business tools. The benefit to the user includes the
ability to check the status of each work cell, whether in the plant or
Partner company presentations included Bystronic Glass’ new speed’cut
advanced glass cutting technology. Scott Knisely, president of Bystronic,
discussed the available configurations of different cutting machines that
run on FeneVision software. Knisely’s presentation demonstrated one of
the features of the company’s newest technology, the ability to change
out a wheel for different glass thickness totally through automation.
Quality control inspection was discussed by Christian Krenn, sales director
of Soft Solution in Austria, and Nate Huffman, FeneTech’s application
engineer. Through a joint partnership, they provide sensors, light sources
and software for detecting defects.
Zeledyne has ceased production at its two remaining plants in Tulsa,
Okla., and Juarez, Mexico. The float glass manufacturer exited the commercial
glass business in 2010, but had maintained its auto glass operations until
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