Tubelite expands facility in Walker, Michigan

Tubelite_WalkerExpansion_webContinuing its steady growth, Tubelite Inc. completed a 33,000-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 also accommodate a new engineering test laboratory, a new fabrication training area and larger space for extrusion racking, plus new equipment, technology and ergonomic enhancements.

“The new, additional space and layout helps us improve our process flow, resulting in ever-better lead times. The new equipment also helps us gain greater capacity to support future growth and to maintain the dependable, high-quality of our products and reliable service that our customers count on us to provide,” says Mary Avery, Tubelite’s vice president of marketing.

She adds, “The expansion allows us to remain in our current location and continue many benefits the area offers. The Grand Rapids and western Michigan area continues to grow and provides Tubelite with outstanding staffing opportunities. Our location is easily accessible from the two main highways going through the area.”

The company previously added more than 43,000 square feet to the Walker facility in 2012. Today, it encompasses a total of 155,000 square feet. Its Dallas location provides additional fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations and its facility in Reed City, Michigan, houses the company’s aluminum extrusion operation.

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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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Tubelite Opens Office in Rhode Island

As part of its planned market expansion and strategic growth, Tubelite Inc. will open a new client services office on Nov. 30, 2015, in the Providence, Rhode Island area. Staffing Tubelite’s new office are five, experienced personnel dedicated to serving the storefront, curtainwall and entrance systems needs for clients in New England.

All five of Tubelite’s new client services team members previously worked with Oldcastle Building Envelope in Warwick, Rhode Island. They include Anita Bongiardo, Jim Ferrara and Elizabeth (Betsy) St. Onge and Melissa Torres-Hardy, estimators; and Mario Gaspar, order entry.

“This group collectively has over 100 years of industry experience, as well as established relationships with the glass and glazing community in New England,” said Steve Green, Tubelite’s vice president of sales and client services. “We are very pleased to have such experienced, regionally focused team members servicing clients in New England from our office in Rhode Island, in the Southeast from our South Carolina office and in the South Central from our Texas office.”

Tubelite’s Rhode Island-based client services team will move from temporary offices to a permanent address on Jan. 1, 2016.

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Tubelite Hosts 70th Anniversary Ribbon-Cutting Event

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Amy Cole, President of Tubelite Inc.

Tubelite Inc., a leading supplier of storefront and entrance systems, has been fabricating and distributing extruded aluminum products for the glass and glazing industry since 1945.

Tubelite, a Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce member, celebrated the company’s 70th anniversary with a ribbon-cutting event for employees and their families on Oct. 3, 2015.

Mayor Mark Huizenga of Walker, Michigan, and Jim Porter, CFO of Apogee Enterprises, Inc., Tubelite’s parent company (photo by Brian Tobias)

Mayor Mark Huizenga of Walker, Michigan, and Jim Porter, CFO of Apogee Enterprises, Inc., Tubelite’s parent company (photo by Brian Tobias)

Speakers at the event included:
* Jim Porter, CFO of Apogee Enterprises, Inc., Tubelite’s parent company
* Mayor Mark Huizenga of Walker, Michigan
* Amy Cole, President of Tubelite Inc.

“We are excited to reach this major milestone in our company history. We are thankful for our employees, our customers and our community for supporting us in this achievement,” said Cole. “We are proud that Tubelite’s dependable brand promise continues to give us direction as we serve our clients by consistently providing high-quality, storefront, entrance and curtainwall systems — on time, complete and undamaged.”

 

State Representative Rob VerHeulen, Walker Mayor Mark Huizenga, Tubelite's Amy Cole and Steve Green (photo by Brian Tobias)

State Representative Rob VerHeulen, Walker Mayor Mark Huizenga, Tubelite’s Amy Cole and Steve Green (photo by Brian Tobias)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tubelite Meets ICC-ES Criteria for Quality Documentation

Tubelite Inc.’s facilities Walker and Reed City, Michigan, successfully meet ICC Evaluation Services, LLC (ICC-ES) Acceptance Criteria for Quality Documentation (AC10). This third-party inspection by Architectural Testing, Inc. (ATI)/Intertek  verifies Tubelite’s quality control process for its products, systems and materials.

“At Tubelite, ‘dependable’ is more than part of our brand identity, it’s part of our everyday culture, our products and our services. Our reputation for dependability is closely connected with our ongoing investment in quality, our continuing improvement initiatives, and our product development and certification efforts,” said Mary Olivier, Tubelite’s director of marketing.

Grace Bartrand, Tubelite’s quality assurance specialist, added, “Being a manufacturer with an AC10-compliant quality system also contributes to achieving Florida Product Approval for our hurricane-resistant, impact-rated storefront, curtainwall, window and entrance systems.”

ICC-ES requires a qualifying inspection of the facilities’ manufacturing products prior to issuing a new evaluation report. According to ICC-ES, “The qualifying inspection is intended to verify that the manufactured products are consistent with the products described in the evaluation report, and that the manufacturer has documented and effectively implemented a quality control system that meets all requirements of the ICC-ES Acceptance Criteria for Quality Documentation (AC10).”

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Tubeliteinc.com Connects to BIM Libraries, AIA/CES and More

Tubelite Inc. offers architects and other building team members on-demand, free access to Building Information Modeling (BIM) libraries, product specifications, performance data and other information on its entrances, windows, storefront framing, curtainwall, sun shades and light shelves.

From tubeliteinc.com, visitors can access Autodesk® Seek’s and CADdetails’ BIM libraries by clicking on the Products menu and following the links for either Product Types or Technical Data Index. The Technical Data Index also features CAD files, product details and specifications, test reports, windload charts, door hardware, glazing charts and installation instructions.

Further supporting the architectural community’s professional development needs, Tubelite’s associates deliver one-hour, in-person educational presentations available through the American Institute of Architects’ Continuing Education System (AIA/CES). Participants can receive 1.0 Learning Unit (LU) for each program and three of the courses are recognized for health, safety and welfare (HSW) credits.

Currently, Tubelite’s AIA/CES course menu includes:
* How to Select the Right Architectural Aluminum Product
* The In’s and Out’s of Architectural Aluminum Doors and Frames
* Green: Architectural Aluminum Products
for Commercial Construction (HSW)
* What Are Modified and Custom Aluminum Doors
* Integrated Façade Design: Daylighting (HSW)
* Integrated Façade Design: U-Factors (HSW)

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