NSG Group Breaks Ground on New Solar Manufacturing Facility

NSG Group has broken ground on its first new float glass line in the U.S. since 1980. The new 500,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Luckey, Ohio, will produce transparent conductive oxide (TCO) coated glass to support its key customer, First Solar. The facility is expected to be operational in the fourth quarter of the 2020 calendar year.

Todd Huffman, overall project manager of solar projects for NSG Group in North America, says the move was made to support the growing solar market.

“Global solar demand is expected to see a double-digit growth every year over the next three years,” he says. “… The decision to invest in the expanded production capacity is based on NSG Group’s commitment to meet the needs of our key customer, First Solar.”

The Ohio plant will have a melting capacity of 600 tons per day and produce TCO coated glass using NSG’s online coating technology. The production facility will also manufacture low-E and solar control glass for buildings and other markets employing transparent conductive films. The plant could create up to 150 new jobs in the area.

“The NSG Group’s total investment will take place over the next three years and will include the upgrade and restart of a float line in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and the construction of the new glass plant in Luckey, Ohio,” says Huffman. “The expanded production capacity for TCO glass will accelerate a shift in strategy to produce products that create more value for our customers.”

The total cost of the solar expansion in Vietnam and the U.S. is estimated to be $350 million.

Modern Architectural to Represent Vetrotech

Vetrotech Saint-Gobain recently expanded its territory reach with Modern
Architectural Systems (MAS).

Located in Salt Lake City, MAS will represent Vetrotech in Utah, Southern Idaho (all counties south of and including Adams and Idaho counties) and the Western Slope of Wyoming (Park, Teton, Hot Springs, Fremont, Sublette, Lincoln, Sweetwater and Uinta counties).

“At Modern Architectural Systems, we carefully vet the manufacturers we choose to represent,” says Hinton. “We value the environment and don’t believe in compromising sustainability for design. Vetrotech’s products meet our high standards …”

Tubelite Completes Facility Expansion

Tubelite Inc. has completed a 30,000-square-foot expansion at its facility in Walker, Mich. This location includes the company’s corporate office, fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations. The addition will utilize standardized work and assembly line techniques to improve overall quality and productivity.

With a focus on continuous improvement, the expansion included a re-layout of the production area to increase efficiency of door and frame units produced in Walker, according to the company.

“During the expansion, we were able to facilitate a number of improvements to the flow of material and add capacity to support Tubelite’s future growth,” says Jason Meredith, Walker operations manager. “A one-piece flow line for our stock and modified door leafs
allow us to enhance overall quality for our customers, while improving ergonomics and other safety items for our employees.”

Complementing the Walker facility expansion in 2016, which added an engineering test lab, a fabrication training area and larger space for extrusion racking, the current operating space now encompasses a total of 180,000 square feet. The facility in Reed City, Mich., continues to house the company’s aluminum extrusion operation and its Dallas location provides additional fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations.

Sierra Pacific Names Fargo Fargo Glass its Distributor

Sierra Pacifi c Windows has named Fargo Glass and Paint Co. of Fargo, N.D., a distributor-of-record. Under the terms of the agreement, Fargo Glass and Paint will represent Sierra Pacific’s full line of residential and light commercial products and services using its distribution paths to market, giving dealers, builders, remodelers, architects and homeowners throughout the Dakotas and surrounding areas access to Sierra Pacific’s products.

“We are thrilled to be able to provide Sierra Pacific’s products and services to all the markets we serve,” says Fargo Glass’s general manager Andy Nelson.

Fargo Glass and Paint will be served by Sierra’s manufacturing facilities in
Medford and Merrill, Wis.

Erdman Begins Construction on New Plant

Erdman Automation Corp., a machinery manufacturer in Princeton, Minn., has broken ground on a new 45,950-square-foot facility. The new facility brings Erdman’s manufacturing space up to more than 160,000 square feet. This expansion will be located next to the company’s second production site in Princeton.

The new facility will be dedicated to manufacturing Erdman’s high speed insulating glass equipment (for the Flexible Foam and Dura Spacer systems) as well as its robotic insulating glass work cells for larger sized insulating glass. Erdman’s facilities have everything in-house to design and build advanced custom automated equipment, according to a statement from the company.

The expansion will help manage increased orders for residential doors and windows, unitized curtainwall and insulating glass equipment. According to the company, the expansion will reduce lead times and increase overall production capability.

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