Walker, Mich. (Feb. 2012) — Responding to expanding market opportunities, Tubelite Inc. invested in structural expansions and production enhancements at its facilities in Walker and Reed City, Michigan.
The Walker facility added more than 43,000 square feet to its existing building, for a total of 123,125 square feet. Lean manufacturing principals were applied to optimize workflow and performance at both the Walker and Reed City locations. Future improvements are planned for the assembly area.
“As part of our strategic plan for continuous improvement and growth, this investment increases our capacity and capabilities, while maintaining the dependable, high-quality of our products and of our customer service levels,” says Mary Avery, Tubelite’s vice president of marketing. “Standing by this dependability with our damage-free guarantee shipping, we have significantly expanded the size of our shipping area at the Walker location.”
Paul Marzolf, Tubelite’s operations manager, adds that the Reed City location also “has nearly doubled its aluminum extrusion press capacity with upgrades to its processing equipment. This extends our overall capacity and ensures quality, reliability and productivity.”
“We pride ourselves in holding lead-times constant and consistently short,” continues Avery. “Our customers count on us for personalized service, on-time scheduling and on budget, long-term value. Each of our products is manufactured to meet the customer’s project’s aesthetic, performance and environmental goals.”
Tubelite manufactures standard, modified and customized, architectural aluminum products including entrance systems, windows, storefront, curtainwall and daylight control systems. The aluminum used to produce these systems can be extruded by Tubelite using EcoLuminum™, a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition with eco-friendly, durable finishes. Thermal barriers and high-performance glass optimize the products’ energy efficiency. These durable and environmental benefits of Tubelite’s products may contribute to projects seeking certification by the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Rating Systems.
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