History

Tubelite Inc., a leading supplier of storefronts and entrances, has been in the business of fabricating and distributing extruded aluminum products for the glass and glazing industry since 1945.

Here are a few highlights of our history:

1945 Tubelite founded by James T. Miller in Reed City, Michigan

1949 Tubelite moves from the garage of Miller to the current location of the extrusion operation in Reed City

1949-1967 Period of continuous expansion, including construction of plants in South America

1961 Extrusion press purchased an addition to the building

1968 James T. Miller sells company to Olin Corporation

1977 Tubelite purchased by Consolidated Aluminum Company (Conalco)

1981 Tubelite purchased by Indal Limited

1986 Tubelite begins strategic relationship with Linetec for paint finishing

1994 Senior Tubelite managers buy company, return it to private ownership

1996 Tubelite makes major expansion in its distribution network

1997 Last of regional service centers are consolidated to Reed City to improve client service

2000 Tubelite launches e-business website for clients

2001-2002 Tubelite invests in new state of the art CNC equipment as well as new press, aging ovens and handling equipment

2003 Assembly, warehousing and distribution operations relocate to Walker, Michigan

2006 Tubelite’s corporate office moves to Walker, Michigan

2006 Max/Block sun shades for reduction of Solar Heat Gain on vision glass areas are launched

2007 Assembly, warehousing and distribution operations move into the same 80,000-square-feet facility occupied by the corporate office

2007 Tubelite joins Apogee Enterprises, Inc., an excellent fit as we are both known for our quality and on-time services

2009 Tubelite changes standard anodizing process from caustic etch to acid etch to decrease waste by-product and improve eco-friendliness

2010 Thermal=Block thermally broken doors and frames are launched

2011 ForceFront Blast Doors and Curtainwall framing system is launched

2012 Tubelite adds fiberglass pressure plate for 400 Series Curtainwall for improved thermal performance

2013 ForceFront Storm hurricane-resistant entry doors receive Florida Product Approval for HVHZ use

2013 Tubelite releases TU24000 High Performance Thermal Storefront with dual pocket poured and debridged thermal breaks

2013 Dallas, Texas offices, fabrication and warehouse operations opens

2014 Amy Cole is named president of Tubelite Inc., bringing more than 25 years experience in the construction industry