Tubeliteinc.com Presents New Look

Tubelite Inc.’s website, http://www.tubeliteinc.com, showcases a new design helping visitors connect more easily with a broader selection of online resources.

Within one or two clicks from Tubelite’s homepage, users can:
* Read the company’s latest product, personnel and event news,
* View informative videos and a gallery of projects,
* Download product details, technical data and literature,
* Link to Autodesk® Seek and CAD details for Building Information Modeling (BIM) libraries,
* Access LEED® Green Building System support materials, and
* Contact national and local company representatives.
As a leading manufacturer of storefront, curtainwall, entrance and daylight control systems, the company’s updated website has streamlined its content to better serve a wider range of visitors. Specialty glazing contractors will continue to find reliable information, while the site also welcomes general contractors, architects and designers. Responding to all of these audiences’ interests in green building, tubeliteinc.com highlights EcoLuminum™, a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition featuring environmentally-friendly finishes.

A special section addresses the architectural community’s professional development needs by offering educational presentations available through the American Institute of Architects’ Continuing Education System (AIA/CES). Tubelite’s four, current AIA/CES presentations include:
* Daylighting and Integrated Façade Design
* Understanding U-Factors * Product Selection Guide
* The In’s and Out’s of Architectural Aluminum Doors and Frames
* Green: Architectural Aluminum Products for Commercial Construction
Each of the courses is available as one-hour, in-person presentations. Participants can receive 1.0 Learning Unit (LU) for Health/Safety/Welfare and Sustainable Design (1.0 LU/HSW/SD) for each program.
In addition to the many resources publicly available to visitors, tubeliteinc.com provides password-protected client access to review pricing and shipment dates. Clients with subscriptions to BSD SpecLink®-E’s also can visit http://www.bsdsoftlink.com/manufacturers/mfrpages/tubelite.htm for automated specification writing assistance. Customized estimating and order tracking are among the planned, future improvements for the company’s website.

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Tubelite at AIA Miami 2010

Thank you to everyone that stopped by to visit and speak with us. Our display was focused on EcoLuminum, Tubelite’s industry leading 80% recycled content in all extrusions, and eco-friendly anodized and painted finishes. Energy saving accessories like our MaxBlock sun shades and aLuminate light shelves were also part of the display. Table samples included the Tubelite Thermal Door and 300ES curtainwall system.

 

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Apogee Extends Product Offerings with Purchase of Tubelite Inc.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (December 21, 2007) – Apogee Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq:APOG) today announced that it has purchased 100 percent of the stock of Michigan-based Tubelite Inc., which fabricates aluminum storefront, entrance and curtainwall products for the U.S. commercial construction industry, for approximately $44 million (plus or minus closing adjustments). Apogee provides distinctive value-added glass solutions for the architectural and picture framing industries.

“The purchase of Tubelite, with annual revenues of approximately $60 million, is part of Apogee’s strategy to grow its presence in architectural markets,” said Russell Huffer, Apogee chairman and chief executive officer. “Tubelite brings a new, high-quality product line to Apogee – storefront and entrance products. The market for storefront and entrance products, which are part of every commercial construction project, is estimated to be more than $1 billion. These products are usually purchased and installed by the same glazing subcontractor that installs curtainwall and windows, two core product lines currently offered by Apogee companies.

“We expect the Tubelite business, which has operating margins consistent with our architectural segment, to be accretive to Apogee’s earnings in fiscal 2009,” said Huffer. “We are pleased that the current Tubelite management team, with its extensive industry expertise and experience, will continue with Apogee to lead Tubelite to even greater levels of performance.”

“We’re pleased to be joining a financially-strong, market leader that we’ve known for a long time,” said Ken Werbowy, Tubelite president. “For many years, we’ve worked closely with Apogee’s Linetec company, which applies paint and anodized finishes to Tubelite’s extrusions, and are happy to be securing our relationship with a finisher known for quality services and quick lead times.

“We’re excited to become a member of Apogee’s portfolio of architectural companies, which are also known for their leading brands, quality products and on-time services,” said Werbowy. “We look forward to working with the other Apogee architectural businesses to further strengthen and grow our market position.”

Apogee funded the acquisition from its existing revolving credit facility.

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About Apogee

Apogee Enterprises, Inc., headquartered in Minneapolis, is a leader in technologies involving the design and development of value-added glass products and services. The company is organized in two segments:

Architectural products and services companies design, engineer, fabricate, install, maintain and renovate the walls of glass and windows comprising the outside skin of commercial and institutional buildings. Businesses in this segment are: Viracon, the leading fabricator of coated, high-performance architectural glass for global markets; Harmon, Inc., one of the largest U.S. full-service building glass installation, maintenance and renovation companies; Wausau Window and Wall Systems, a manufacturer of custom aluminum window systems and curtainwall; and Linetec, a paint and anodizing finisher of window frames and PVC shutters.

Large-scale optical segment consists of Tru Vue, a value-added glass and acrylic manufacturer for the custom picture framing market and a producer of optical thin film coatings for consumer electronics displays.

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Tubelite Expansion

The expansion of Tubelite’s assembly, warehousing and distribution operations will be complete by mid-June.

The Company will be increasing its plant space by twenty percent. It will also increase the number of shipping docks by fifty-percent to accommodate its growing needs.

The assembly operation will relocate to the west-end of the facility beginning on June 8th with a completion date of June 11th.

The warehouse and distribution operation will complete its relocation the following week, June 14th through June 18th.

A large portion of the relocation will occur over the weekends involved, minimizing any disruption to production and shipping. All order entry and shipping scheduling has been adjusted to incorporate the downtime required for the relocation.

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