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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Tubelite Names Glaz-Tech as Distributor in Idaho, Utah

Walker, Mich. — Tubelite Inc. announced Glaz-Tech Industries, Inc., has been named as a distributor for the company’s architectural aluminum products, serving clients in Idaho and Utah.

Headquartered in Tucson, Ariz., Glaz-Tech is a wholesale supplier and manufacturer of energy-efficiency glass and aluminum products. Operating across the southwestern states for more than 20 years, the company now offers Tubelite’s storefront, curtainwall, entrance and daylight control systems.

“Glaz-Tech has made a commitment to offer, mainly ‘Made in the U.S.A.’ products. We are fortunate to have customers who see value in this,” says Gordon Clark, Glaz-Tech’s general manager. He adds, “When working with Tubelite, I feel as though we are on common ground, a team. Quality and service is what I appreciate the most.”

All of Tubelite’s quality, architectural products are manufactured using EcoLuminum™, a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition featuring environmentally-friendly finishes. In addition to recycled content, Tubelite’s systems and services can help building project teams pursuing certification through the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Rating System™ in the areas of daylighting and views, thermal comfort and energy efficiency.

To learn more about Tubelite’s distributors, please visit www.tubeliteinc.com. For specific information on Glaz-Tech Industries, Inc., please see www.glaztech.com.

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