Guardian Glass Buys Miami Fabrication Business, Vortex Glass

Guardian Glass has acquired Vortex Glass in a move to expand its hurricane and insulating glass capabilities and increase Vortex’s plant capacity and service offerings.

“This transaction represents an important opportunity for Guardian Glass to add value to our residential customers in the Southeast,” says Guardian’s executive vice president Rick Zoulek. “We remain committed to our existing customers and partners, and we’ve identified Vortex as a company with the right team, capabilities and motivation to fit Guardian’s fabrication business model. We look forward to the successes to come.”

Vortex fabricates laminated and insulating glass that meets Florida Building Code requirements for hurricanes. It also supplies customers of Florida and the Caribbean Islands with complete tempered glass packages for residential and commercial construction, including office partitions, shower doors and glass railings.

By acquiring Vortex, Guardian explains that it has better positioned itself to assist customers in meeting ever-changing building safety and conservation codes.

“We are very pleased to see in Guardian Glass a buyer that has strategic synergies with our existing business, the right values and the ability to help Vortex continue to provide great service to our existing customers while identifying and adding the capability for us to add new business,” says Vortex president Humberto Juliao. “It’s a chance for the business and our team members to grow.”

FHC Acquires Morse Architectural

The Frameless Hardware Company (FHC) has acquired all of Morse Architectural’s assets from M-D Building Products Inc. FHC says the sale includes all inventory, product designs and three U.S. facilities, including Kent, Wash., Columbia, S.C., and Brea, Calif.

“Morse is a household name in the glass and metal world,” says Chris Hanstad, FHC president and CEO. “They have a 40-plus year pioneering track record which aligns with our business model and mission that centers on experience and innovation. Their people, knowledge, product offering, and network are exactly what FHC looks for in strategic acquisition opportunities, and we are always looking.”

The acquisition is the third for FHC in two years. According to the company, the deal opens distribution channels in the Pacific Northwest and along the East Coast and provides direct access to Canadian markets.

The added locations increase FHC’s bi-coastal manufacturing and distribution footprint to 400,000 square feet. The move also bolsters FHC’s national sales team and capacity, accommodates growing demand for supply chain alternatives and shortens lead times across North America.

Morse general manager Larry Larsen will oversee the company’s integration.

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