Tubelite Announces Expansion in Dallas/Fort Worth (2013)

Tubelite Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of architectural aluminum storefront, entrance and curtainwall systems in the United States, has announced it will be expanding its operational footprint during the second quarter of this year with the establishment of a new regional facility in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The site selection is in process and will be greater than 25,000 square feet.

“We are extremely proud and excited to be expanding upon our already-established presence within the Texas and South Central market with this new facility,” says Mary Avery, Tubelite’s vice president of marketing. “This new facility will allow us to provide even faster lead-times and damage-free shipments to our existing customers in the region through the use of on-site CNC machining for door and frame fabrication, as well as warehousing stock products.”

Existing client services personnel, who currently are working out of the company’s Mesquite, Texas offices, will relocate to the new facility where they will join new hires for the operation. To complement the investment and commitment to the region, the company has begun recruiting for additional sales and architectural specification positions to further assist their customers in the area.

Avery adds, “This expansion strengthens our current strategy and commitment to both our glazing contractor clients, as well as distributors in the region.”

About Tubelite Inc.
Tubelite was established in 1945. The company’s headquarters, and primary distribution, warehousing and assembly operations are located in Walker, Mich. Its facility in Reed City, Mich., houses the company’s aluminum extrusion operation. The company is a subsidiary of Apogee Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: APOG). Apogee, headquartered in Minneapolis, is a leader in technologies involving the design and development of value-added glass products and services.

Forward-Looking Statements
The discussion above contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements reflect Apogee management’s expectations or beliefs as of the date of this release. Apogee undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. All forward-looking statements are qualified by factors that may affect the operating results of Apogee, including the following: operational risks within (A) the architectural segment: i) competitive, price-sensitive and changing market conditions, including unforeseen project delays and cancellations; ii) economic conditions, material cost increases and the cyclical nature of the North American and Latin American commercial construction industries; iii) product performance, reliability, execution or quality problems that could delay payments, increase costs, impact orders or lead to litigation; and iv) the segment’s ability to fully and efficiently utilize production capacity; and (B) the large-scale optical segment: i) markets that are impacted by consumer confidence and trends; ii) dependence on a relatively small number of customers; iii) changing market conditions, including unfavorable shift in product mix and new competition; and iv) ability to fully and efficiently utilize production capacity. Additional factors include: i) revenue and operating results that are volatile; ii) financial market disruption which could impact company, customer and supplier credit availability; iii) self-insurance risk related to a material product liability event and to health insurance programs; iv) cost of compliance with governmental regulations relating to hazardous substances; and v) foreign currency risk related to certain continuing operations. Apogee cautions investors that actual future results could differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements, and that other factors may in the future prove to be important in affecting Apogee’s results of operations. New factors emerge from time to time and it is not possible for management to predict all such factors, nor can it assess the impact of each such factor on the business or the extent to which any factor, or a combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. For a more detailed explanation of the foregoing and other risks and uncertainties, see Item 1A of Apogee’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 3, 2012.

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Connecting Architects to Online Specifications’ Tools

Assisting architects with specification writing and 3-D design, Tubelite Inc. participates in several online and automated tools. The company’s website connects visitors to product details, technical data and other information on its storefront, curtainwall, entrance and daylight control systems.

From tubeliteinc.com, visitors with subscriptions to BSD SpecLink®-E‘s can link to automated specification writing assistance. Also within one click of Tubelite’s homepage, users can access Autodesk® Seek and CADdetails for Building Information Modeling (BIM) libraries.

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Tubelite AIA/CES course menu

Addressing the architectural community’s professional development needs, Tubelite Inc. offers educational presentations available through the American Institute of Architects’ Continuing Education System (AIA/CES). As a leading manufacturer of storefront, curtainwall, entrance and daylight control systems, the company’s website invites architects and designers to explore its online resources at www.tubeliteinc.com, and to connect with representatives in their area for in-person presentations.

Tubelite’s four, current AIA/CES presentations include:
* Product Selection Guide
* The In’s and Out’s of Architectural Aluminum Doors and Frames
* Green: Architectural Aluminum Products for Commercial Construction
* Modified and Custom Doors

Tubelite also provides the following Health/Safety/Welfare and Sustainable Design (HSW/SD) programs:
* Daylighting and Integrated Façade Design

* Understanding U-Factors

Each of these courses is available as one-hour, in-person presentations. Participants can receive 1.0 Learning Unit (LU) for each program.

To learn more about Tubelite’s architectural resources and educational tools, please visit www.tubeliteinc.com.

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Tubelite Expands Production Capabilities and Capacity

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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Tubelite expands into South Carolina and Texas

Walker, Mich. — As part of its planned market expansion, Tubelite Inc. has opened two offices in South Carolina and Texas and added five, experienced personnel to its team. Both locations are fully operational to support clients’ needs for storefront, curtainwall, entrance and daylight control systems. These offices also extend support for the markets Tubelite already serves through increased sales representation in Virginia, the Carolinas and Georgia, as well as South Texas.

“Expanding to serve clients in these markets has been part of our long-term strategic plan. This thoughtful approach has positioned us for growth and helped us attract knowledgeable, talented people who deliver the high service levels to our clients,” says Mary Avery, Tubelite’s vice president of marketing.

She continues, “Our reputation for dependability is not only embodied by our employees, client services representatives and distributors, it is integral to every aspect of our business — from our factory-controlled extrusion presses and eco-friendly finishing, to lead times that are typically half of the industry average, to our Damage Free Guarantee delivery.”

Avery notes that all of Tubelite’s personnel may be reached through the toll-free national phone number at 800-866-2227. A map of local representatives and distributors also is available online at www.tubeliteinc.com.

Serving Tubelite’s clients from the new office in Mesquite, Texas:

* Tony Evans, client services manager — He most recently worked as U.S. Aluminum’s engineering products manager. Prior to this, he worked for 23 years with Vistawall as its national products manager and director of client services. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Northern Iowa.

* Cynthia Waller, client services representative and estimator — She has served in similar roles at U.S. Aluminum, YKK and Oldcastle. She earned an associate’s degree from Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas, and a bachelor’s from the University of North Texas.

Serving Tubelite’s clients from the new office in Rock Hill, S.C.:

* Kenny Skaggs, client services representative — For more than 15 years, he worked in the inside sales and customer service department at U.S. Aluminum. He earned his Bachelor of Science in business administration from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C.

* Scott Marquess, estimator — He also worked at U.S. Aluminum and draws from 22 years as the estimating manager and inside sales manager. He graduated with a bachelor’s from Troy University in Alabama.

* Adam Swofford, estimator — Working in the glass and architectural industry for 12 years, he most recently served as estimator for U.S. Aluminum. He holds a Bachelor of Science industrial management from Clemson University in South Carolina.

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