Distribution & Production

EFCO Plans $15 Million Expansion of Its Facility in Monett, Mo.

EFCO Corporation plans to undergo a 150,000-square-foot expansion at its Monett, Mo., facility to create a shipping center. The estimated $15 million expansion is scheduled to be completed in spring 2019.

“EFCO’s expansion project will support our ongoing growth initiatives as well as create the space required to make several planned improvements for operational productivity,” says Josh Wignall, director of marketing.

EFCO had identified the project concept prior to its acquisition by Apogee last year, but its new owner played a major role in moving the expansion forward.

“Apogee quickly recognized the positive potential for the proposed project on EFCO cost, service and delivery due to our extensive experience in manufacturing for the commercial glass industry. Apogee’s ability to refine the project, and willingness to invest, enabled it to be approved quickly,” says Wignall.

The construction process and plan layout activities will not impact lead times or current operations. According to Wignall, the expansion will allow EFCO to operate more efficiently in terms of cost and lead times.

“The expansion will serve primarily as warehousing, packaging, sequencing and shipping,” says Wignall. “However, the movement of those activities into this new area will free up space in our main plant to improve productivity, and to execute EFCO’s long-term growth strategy including the introduction of new products into the marketplace.”

American Insulated Glass Installs Tempering Furnace

HHH Tempering Resources (HHH) installed a glass tempering furnace at the new American Insulated Glass (AIG) facility in Birmingham, Ala.

AIG purchased a North Glass tempering furnace from HHH to anchor their third fabrication facility. The full convection tempering furnace— installed and serviced by HHH—is known for producing soft-coat, low-E glass, according to the announcement.

The additional facility and new tempering furnace opens doors for AIG to serve customers in Alabama and Tennessee, including the greater Nashville region. As a longtime HHH partner, AIG also operates HHH tempering equip-ment in its Conley, Ga., location.

Briefly

Italian machinery manufacturer Mappi has formed a strategic partnership with Hana Hitech Co. Ltd., a distributor based in Korea. According to the announcement, Hana Hitech, founded by Kim Nam-Jung in 1988, is a leading sales network on the Korean market distributing a range of products.

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