Pro-Line Automation, headquartered in Woodbridge, Ontario, is expanding into the United States with a new location in Akron, Ohio. Pro-Line, a supplier of equipment for vinyl window manufacturing, will be joining forces with Todd Tolson and Tom Whitehead, who both have more than 20 years’ experience in the industry.

Tolson attributes the growth to a number of items, including the growing use of vinyl in the light commercial market.

“Some of the reasons you are seeing vinyl be used more in this market is because there weren’t a lot of aluminum products that had the thermal qualities you could get in vinyl,” says Tolson.

He says residential companies also are expanding into the light commercial market. “We are working with a company in Minnesota that is adding a light commercial twist to what they are doing now. That is where the growth will come.”

He also says he’s seeing some recovery in the market.

“The markets are getting better,” says Tolson. “I don’t know [that] it’s tremendously better but it is tremendous for technologies.”

“I think there are a lot of bright spots on the horizon,” he adds. “There is a light at the end of the tunnel and this time it isn’t a train.”

Martin Davis, vice president of sales for Pro-Line Automation, adds that he is excited about the new U.S. location.

“This new location is an exciting development for Pro-Line and will establish a sales and service point for our U.S.-based customers,” he says. “Having an established sales and service staff can only enhance our ability to support customers in the U.S. The feedback from our existing clients has been overwhelmingly positive with this latest development. We welcome Todd and Tom into our Pro-Line family.”

Whitehead adds, “We were very impressed with Pro-Line’s engineering and manufacturing capabilities in Toronto, and their ability to look for solutions to manufacturing issues is really what sealed the deal for us. We are very excited to tell the Pro-Line story to customers in the U.S.”