Tubelite at AIA Miami 2010

Thank you to everyone that stopped by to visit and speak with us. Our display was focused on EcoLuminum, Tubelite’s industry leading 80% recycled content in all extrusions, and eco-friendly anodized and painted finishes. Energy saving accessories like our MaxBlock sun shades and aLuminate light shelves were also part of the display. Table samples included the Tubelite Thermal Door and 300ES curtainwall system.

 

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Therml=Block® Thermal Doors and Frames

Tubelite has released a new product line of thermally broken doors and frames. The door and frame utilize an “I” shaped thermal strut reinforced with 25% nylon fiber to provide superior CRF of 56 and Uc of 0.65. Each assembled extrusion must pass a shear test of 1000 lb minimum. The doors have a Medium stile dimension of 4″ with a 4″ top rail and a 10″ bottom rail as standard. There are options for a 4″ mid-rail and rabbet stiles for continuous hinge application. The meeting stile on a pair of doors includes our improved adjustable astragal and standard weathering.

The thermal frame is similar to Tubelite’s 14000 series storefront with a 2″ face and 4-1/2″ depth. This new line can be ordered with our standard and custom, anodized and paint colors.

Details and instructions can be viewed here.

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Apogee Extends Product Offerings with Purchase of Tubelite Inc.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (December 21, 2007) – Apogee Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq:APOG) today announced that it has purchased 100 percent of the stock of Michigan-based Tubelite Inc., which fabricates aluminum storefront, entrance and curtainwall products for the U.S. commercial construction industry, for approximately $44 million (plus or minus closing adjustments). Apogee provides distinctive value-added glass solutions for the architectural and picture framing industries.

“The purchase of Tubelite, with annual revenues of approximately $60 million, is part of Apogee’s strategy to grow its presence in architectural markets,” said Russell Huffer, Apogee chairman and chief executive officer. “Tubelite brings a new, high-quality product line to Apogee – storefront and entrance products. The market for storefront and entrance products, which are part of every commercial construction project, is estimated to be more than $1 billion. These products are usually purchased and installed by the same glazing subcontractor that installs curtainwall and windows, two core product lines currently offered by Apogee companies.

“We expect the Tubelite business, which has operating margins consistent with our architectural segment, to be accretive to Apogee’s earnings in fiscal 2009,” said Huffer. “We are pleased that the current Tubelite management team, with its extensive industry expertise and experience, will continue with Apogee to lead Tubelite to even greater levels of performance.”

“We’re pleased to be joining a financially-strong, market leader that we’ve known for a long time,” said Ken Werbowy, Tubelite president. “For many years, we’ve worked closely with Apogee’s Linetec company, which applies paint and anodized finishes to Tubelite’s extrusions, and are happy to be securing our relationship with a finisher known for quality services and quick lead times.

“We’re excited to become a member of Apogee’s portfolio of architectural companies, which are also known for their leading brands, quality products and on-time services,” said Werbowy. “We look forward to working with the other Apogee architectural businesses to further strengthen and grow our market position.”

Apogee funded the acquisition from its existing revolving credit facility.

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About Apogee

Apogee Enterprises, Inc., headquartered in Minneapolis, is a leader in technologies involving the design and development of value-added glass products and services. The company is organized in two segments:

Architectural products and services companies design, engineer, fabricate, install, maintain and renovate the walls of glass and windows comprising the outside skin of commercial and institutional buildings. Businesses in this segment are: Viracon, the leading fabricator of coated, high-performance architectural glass for global markets; Harmon, Inc., one of the largest U.S. full-service building glass installation, maintenance and renovation companies; Wausau Window and Wall Systems, a manufacturer of custom aluminum window systems and curtainwall; and Linetec, a paint and anodizing finisher of window frames and PVC shutters.

Large-scale optical segment consists of Tru Vue, a value-added glass and acrylic manufacturer for the custom picture framing market and a producer of optical thin film coatings for consumer electronics displays.

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Tubelite Expansion

The expansion of Tubelite’s assembly, warehousing and distribution operations will be complete by mid-June.

The Company will be increasing its plant space by twenty percent. It will also increase the number of shipping docks by fifty-percent to accommodate its growing needs.

The assembly operation will relocate to the west-end of the facility beginning on June 8th with a completion date of June 11th.

The warehouse and distribution operation will complete its relocation the following week, June 14th through June 18th.

A large portion of the relocation will occur over the weekends involved, minimizing any disruption to production and shipping. All order entry and shipping scheduling has been adjusted to incorporate the downtime required for the relocation.

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