March 19, 2008 | Vol 3, Num 12
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Improvement Market
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PGT Expanding in Commercial Market
Simplex to Supply Window Manufacturer
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PGT Expanding in Commercial Market
Joining other residential window manufacturers looking to diversify, PGT Industries is expanding its commercial business operations. The Florida-based manufacturer now has formed a partnership with ASI Ltd. to provide unitized wall solutions.

The joint venture is designed to enable the two firms to compete for large-scale commercial projects. "By offering a one-stop-shop for unitized curtain walls to the commercial construction industry, we are offering the industry a way to save money and gain control over their projects by dealing with one team that is involved in every stage of the project as it moves from design to construction," says Wayne Varnadore, PGT’s vice president of architectural systems. "Customers will benefit from PGT's strength in manufacturing and supply chain management combined with ASI Ltd.’s extensive experience in sales, marketing, engineering and project management. This is another positive step in the expansion of PGT's Architectural Systems commercial product capabilities."

"We will be the only manufacturer of unitized curtain walls in North America that will control all aspects of manufacturing in-house,” adds Ken Smith, ASI president. “This work includes the manufacturing of tempered glass, laminated glass, insulated glass, and aluminum panels that will be integral to the units."

With operations in Venice, Fla., and Salisbury, N.C., PGT produces vinyl and aluminum windows and reports it is the largest manufacturer of impact-resistant products in the country. The company launched its Architectural Systems Series line last year to serve the needs of the commercial and residential high-rise window and door market, including condos, hotels, office, retail, education, among others.

Based in a new 180,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Indianapolis, Ind., ASI supplies facade solutions to contractors throughout the United States, and operates an ornamental division that also produces metal panels, sun shades, and other ornamental shapes.

The joint venture was finalized in February, and the two companies already have one project in process: the 34-story River House apartment complex in Grand Rapids, Mich.

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