Company News December 2021

Solar Seal Architectural Announces Expansion Plans to Open New Location

Solar Seal, a custom fabricator of architectural glass products based in South Easton, Mass., is preparing for further expansion in New England. The company has signed a 10-year lease for a new plant of about 200,000-square-feet in a Norwich business park in Connecticut with options to renew and expand.

“We wanted to develop an independent architectural or major project-based business that was able to drive top-level/global quality glass within North America’s footprint,” says Jeff Heintz, Solar Seal Architectural LLC, senior vice president. “And because we already have an existing separate business with great knowledge and people in that area… between New York, Boston and Canada, we felt that Connecticut was the right place for us to be able to execute as a global-quality supplier in North America. Having those two major metro areas and the Canadian market so close, everything kind of just fit for us.”

The company’s current facility in Massachusetts will continue its operations.

“That’s a 200-mile radius, heavy fabricated, smaller projects-based business, whereas the facility in Connecticut is more geared towards commercial and major projects as a completely independent business; outfitted with the latest and best in automation, quality control systems and product output capacities,” says Heintz.

The new facility is expected to open in three phases between May and August 2022, will handle projects requiring cutting, tempering, heat soak testing, ceramic frit, digital frit, opacity, lamination, box spacer, TPS spacer and insulating glass units – doubles and triples, he says.

“If you’re going to be buying glass from this facility, the point of it is that you can get birth certificates and information about each piece of glass, not just batch-run, quality control management. And that is the main focus– we’re really trying to drive a curtainwall or major project contractor focus into the glass manufacturing process,” Heintz says.

Earlier this year, O3 Industries purchased all assets of Solar Seal Co. from Consolidated Glass Holdings (CGH).

Overhead Door Celebrates 100-Year Anniversary

Horton Pedestrian Access Solutions, a division of Overhead Door Corp. (ODC), is celebrating its 100th anniversary. ODC began with the invention of the upward-acting, sectional garage door in 1921, followed by the development of the first electric garage door opener in 1926. Horton Automatics became part of ODC in 1970.

“We are proud to be part of and contribute to such a storied organization. The great advancements we have made since joining ODC are a testament to the organization’s culture and willingness to invest in its brands,” said Kirk Brunson, president of Horton Pedestrian Access Solutions. “The entire team is excited to celebrate this centennial anniversary with our complete ODC family.”

The ODC centennial also marks Horton Automatics’ 61st anniversary since its founding in 1960.

Magid Wins Two Business Awards and Product Honors

Magid Glove and Safety, a manufacturer of personal protective equipment, wrapped up 2021 by receiving a number of awards and recognitions. The company received the Chicago Tribune’s Top Workplaces 2021 and the Family Business Magazine’s CEOs to Watch 2021. In addition, Magid was recognized for its cooling neck gaiter.

The Chicago Tribune Top Workplaces award is based entirely on employee feedback gathered anonymously by a third-party survey administered by Energage LLC. The survey uses 15 measures of company culture that are critical to organizational success such as alignment, execution and connection.

“We worked hard to create an environment where people can be themselves, make a difference and have fun. We are proud to be recognized as a top Chicago workplace,” says Jen Almodovar, Magid’s executive vice president of people.

The Family Business Magazine CEOs to Watch award is a nominations-based process with candidates vetted by the magazine for their success, vision and leadership. According to Family Business, “along with providing solid returns for family shareholders, family business CEOs must communicate well with the family, support good family governance, and manage the business with the next generation of owners in mind.”

Magid’s CEO Greg Cohen won the award after being nominated by Gigi Cohen, Magid’s executive vice president. “Since becoming CEO in 2015,” she said, “Greg has led the company to achieve record growth by preserving the family legacy of people first, a steadfast focus on the long-game, and a balanced push to improve. His leadership also reaches beyond the walls of Magid to help address the challenges facing the world today.”

In addition, during the 2021 National Safety Council (NSC) Congress and Expo, Magid Cool, powered by Mission, HydroActive Cooling products neck gaiter placed in the top three Best in Show. The awards were determined based on attendee votes either before or during the event. Magid is one of the three founders of the National Heat Safety Coalition, a group that includes, Mission and The Korey Stringer Institute at the University of Connecticut.

Briefly

YKK AP America won two awards in the 2021 Architecture Masterprize design competition. The JST Production Engineering Center received the highest honor in the Commercial Architecture category and was named Design of the Year and the Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences was recognized in the Cultural Architecture category with an Honorable Mention … Offering their latest developments in industrial production, 17 vendors participated in Grenzebach’s recent Automationfest, which was held in its remodeled building in Newnan, Ga. The Grenzebach Group also hosted a presentation on the digitalization of float glass lines or sustainable technologies for the cold and hot end.

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