Distribution & Production

Giroux Glass Adds New Machining Center to California Plant

Giroux Glass Inc. has enhanced its fabrication capabilities with the installation of a new Rhino-FAB 1100 machining center in its San Bernardino, Calif.-based plant. Manufactured by deMichele Group, this machinery provides a complete solution for cutting, drilling and light routing for storefront and curtainwall systems.

“I’m excited to add this to our San Bernardino facility because of how much it improves our efficiencies in fabrication. Compared to making cuts manually. . . the result is a better, more accurate end product that is sharper and more precise, less subject to human error,” says Bob Linford, vice president of Giroux’s California operations.

While the previous systems used at the plant simply helped to cut the metal, the new RhinoFAB 1100 enables mitering, angled cuts, notches and countersinking.

“One of the system’s main benefits is that it reduces the number of times that shop workers actually need to touch the product. It increases efficiency for workers both in the shop and in the field,” says Michelle Fainberg, CAD manager for Giroux Glass.

According to the company, by receiving materials more quickly, field workers can complete projects earlier than they did previously, with shorter wait times to receive necessary components.

Bill Cole, president of Glaziers Center, the distributor of the RhinoFAB 1100, says this type of equipment has seen increasing growth and interest.

“The industry as a whole is experiencing very rapid growth in automation equipment. We have installed more than 250 of our machines to date and install two a week most weeks,” says Cole, who expects this growth to continue, especially given the lack of trained employees. “By the year 2021 we are anticipating a shortage of 20,000 employees in the industry. There is a lot of current work and the anticipated workload is very high.” He adds that companies are investing in automating, which allows them to reduce costs.

Xinglass to Open in the U.S.

Xinglass, a Chinese glass machinery manufacturer, has ended its 12-year distribution partnership with Jordon Glass Corp. and plans to sell in the United States directly.

“We are expanding our U.S. markets, and we want to provide customer service and technical support for our existing U.S. customers and new U.S. customers,” says president Zhenghong Zhu. “So it’s more convenient and better to have our branch company and office in the U.S. We will be able to be more involved in the glass industry and help companies directly.”

The company plans to open its branch before October of this year in the Northeast.

“We have been in the U.S. market for many years, providing glass-tempering solutions to glass companies, and we think it’s more convenient and beneficial for glass companies in the U.S. to work with us directly,” says Zhu. “We are looking forward to expanding our U.S. market and helping U.S. glass companies directly.”

AGC Glass North America to Expand Operations in Tennessee

AGC Glass North America will expand its operations in Church Hill, Tenn. The glass manufacturer will invest $40.6 million and create 85 new jobs in Hawkins County there.

AGC plans to add more than 100,000 additional square feet of manufacturing space to its existing facility in the county. With this expansion, the company will also install an MSVD coater at its Church Hill complex to serve the residential and commercial glass markets.

“Our Church Hill, Tenn., facility has two flat glass lines that will support this innovative coater. As the world’s largest glass manufacturer, this investment in North America allows us to expand the industry’s largest product offering and continue to augment our world-class service that is second to none,” says Mike Antonucci, AGC Glass North America regional president. “Our new coater will provide architects, planners, engineers and developers the ability to create tomorrow’s environment.”

Briefly

Winco Windows of St. Louis has started a new production line that provides express delivery for qualifying windows. The WinGo program provides an order processing, fabrication, and manufacturing flow system to allow selected orders to ship in as little as two weeks from order entry.

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