Tubelite completes facility expansion in Walker, Michigan

Continuing its consistent growth, Tubelite Inc. has completed a 30,000-square-foot expansion at its facility in Walker, Michigan. This location includes the company’s corporate office, fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations. The addition will utilize standardized work and assembly line techniques to improve overall quality and productivity.

With a focus on continuous improvement, the expansion included a re-layout of the production area to increase efficiency of door and frame units produced in Walker. “During the expansion, we were able to facilitate a number of improvements to the flow of material and add capacity to support Tubelite’s future growth,” said Jason Meredith, Tubelite’s Walker operations manager.

He continued, describing one of the notable benefits: “A one-piece flow line for our stock and modified door leafs, allows us to enhance overall quality for our customers, while improving ergonomics and other safety items for our employees, and further supporting Tubelite’s ‘Dependable’ brand promise.”

Complementing Tubelite’s Walker facility expansion in 2016, which added an engineering test lab, a fabrication training area and larger space for extrusion racking, the current operating space now encompasses a total of 180,000 square feet. The facility in Reed City, Michigan, continues to house the company’s aluminum extrusion operation and its Dallas location provides additional fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations.

For information on employment opportunities at Tubelite, please click on “Careers” at the top of the home page.

About Tubelite Inc.

For more than 70 years, glazing contractors have counted on Tubelite’s dependable service, fabrication and distribution of architectural aluminum products. Part of Apogee Enterprises, Inc., the company is an industry leader in eco-efficient storefront, curtainwall and entrance systems, and recognized for its fast, reliable and consistent delivery.

Tubelite’s corporate office, fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations are located in Walker, Michigan. Its Dallas location provides additional fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations. Its facility in Reed City, Michigan, houses the company’s aluminum extrusion operation. The company also has an office in Warwick, Rhode Island.

Tubelite and its staff are members of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), the National Glass Association/Glass Association of North America (NGA/GANA), the Society of Military Engineers (SAME) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

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Tubelite launches EZ Substitution Tool  

Free for Tubelite’s portal users, our new EZ Substitution Tool for product substitutions or project submittals – cuts your time needed to submit in half.

 

Easy and Quick

  • Prefills your unique data based on your client number
  • Drop down lists
  • Complete in less than half the time
    as the traditional method
  • Internal use has been well received by architects

 

 

Information populates into the industry’s widely accepted
CSI 13.1A or CSI 1.5C forms.

 

 

The SUBMITTAL feature provides an “à la carte” product list that compiles the information and eliminates searching for online engineering documents.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Ability to consolidate multiple product data
    into a clear, standardized and professional final document
  • Ability to save
  • ​​​​​​​Ability to modify saved documents

 

Speed and ease of use may be habit-forming.

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Peek into the portal: Tubelite clients enjoy benefits of password-protected access

All current and active Tubelite customers can enjoy access to the Client Portal and its features.

Those using the portal most often view their up-to-date order information and shipping status.

Increasingly, our customers also are watching installation and tour videos. Our clients-only video library continues to expand and currently includes:
* Storefront installation, in English or SpanishImage of Tubelite Client Portal
* Curtainwall installation
* Tie-rod doors’ repair and re-assembly
* Door glazing for a standard door with 1-inch glass
* Door glazing for a standard door with 1/4-inch glass
* Tour of our company
* Tour of our extrusions, “How do they do that?”

Our interactive Tubelite Translator Tool has seen nearly constant use since coming online in October 2017. Clients effortlessly translate Tubelite’s extensive offering, by product descriptions and part numbers, with systems and parts of other suppliers.

Regularly updated, other downloadable resources are available with a simple click:
* The complete Price Book, Easy Estimate tool and training presentation
* Substitution requests for support during or after bidding
* Quote and order forms for doors and custom products
* Glass size calculator
* Lead-time guide
* Care and maintenance guide
* Warranty information

Tubelite is dedicated to our clients and continues to seek ways of improving the partnership experience.

Registering for access is as easy as providing your email and password, and confirming your custom and contact information.

Click here to get started.

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Tubelite achieves NFRC ACE certification

Tubelite Inc. has been approved by the National Fenestration Ratings Council (NFRC) as a Manufacturer Approved Calculation Entity (ACE) Organization. NFRC is the global leader in delivering energy and related performance ratings and certification for fenestration products and systems.

In addition to the company’s ACE certified individuals in both the engineering and marketing departments, three Tubelite representatives have earned a Certificate of Approval for successfully completing the ACE Training Workshop: client development manager Dan Goodman, and representatives Rick Hillesheim and Matt Tschida of Hillesheim Architectural Products, Inc.

As an NFRC ACE, each is qualified to carry out performance calculations of fenestration products for design support and final certification using the NFRC Component Modeling Approach (CMA) and software tool (CMAST). Through NFRC’s CMAST libraries of approved frames, glass and spacer components, users can configure fenestration products for a project, and can obtain a U-factor, solar heat gain coefficient and visible transmittance rating for those products. Performance values are then compared to the energy requirements of local energy codes to determine compliance.

Performance of specific Tubelite frame-glass combinations can be obtained from the NFRC Certified Products Directory or the CMA process. In addition to active product listings in the NFRC Certified Products Directory for factory-glazed fenestration, Tubelite has several approved curtainwall, storefront and entrance system products in the CMAST library, and new product variations frequently are added.

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About Tubelite Inc.

Established in 1945, Tubelite celebrates 70 years of dependable service, fabrication and distribution of architectural aluminum products. Part of Apogee Enterprises, Inc., the company is an industry leader in eco-efficient storefront, curtainwall and entrance systems, and recognized for its fast, reliable and consistent delivery. Tubelite’s corporate office, fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations are located in Walker, Michigan. Its Dallas location provides additional fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations, and its facility in Reed City, Michigan, houses the company’s aluminum extrusion operation.

Tubelite and its staff are members of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), the Glass Association of North America (GANA), the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), the Society of Military Engineers (SAME) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

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Media contact: Heather West, 612-724-8760, heather@heatherwest

 

 

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Tubelite welcomes Northwestern Glass Fab

Tubelite Inc. welcomed Minneapolis-based Northwestern Glass Fab, a division of Brin Glass Company, as a distributor partner. Founded in 1912, the independently owned and operated glass and architectural metal fabricator and distributor serves Minnesota and Wisconsin.

“We have been a Tubelite customer for the past several years. We’ve been impressed with their outstanding quality and performance, and are excited to expand our partnership with them,” said Northwestern Glass Fab’s general manager, Stan Mariska. “As one of Minneapolis’ largest glass and architectural metal fabricators, we know the benefit Tubelite’s dependable service and products, especially its thermal performance products, can bring to our customers.”

Steve Green, Tubelite’s vice president of sales and client services, agreed and added, “Tubelite’s mission is for our business partners to experience us as the easiest and most dependable company with which to do business. Northwestern Glass Fab’s commitment to provide dependable service to the Minnesota and western Wisconsin markets makes this association a great fit.”

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About Tubelite Inc.

Established in 1945, Tubelite celebrates 70 years of dependable service, fabrication and distribution of architectural aluminum products. Part of Apogee Enterprises, Inc., the company is an industry leader in eco-efficient storefront, curtainwall and entrance systems, and recognized for its fast, reliable and consistent delivery. Tubelite’s corporate office, fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations are located in Walker, Michigan. Its Dallas location provides additional fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations, and its facility in Reed City, Michigan, houses the company’s aluminum extrusion operation.

Tubelite and its staff are members of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), the Glass Association of North America (GANA), the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), the Society of Military Engineers (SAME) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

For information on employment opportunities at Tubelite, please click on “Careers” at the top of the home page.

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Media contact: Heather West, 612-724-8760, heather@heatherwest

 

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