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Currently encompassing 180,000 square feet, the Walker location houses Tubelite’s corporate office, fabrication, warehouse, shipping operations and now, the James T. Miller Training Center. The training center is named in honor of the company’s founder, James T. Miller. Members of his family joined Tubelite’s associates at a dedication celebration this summer. The flexible, 100-seat educational area provides a dedicated, high-tech workspace where team members can gather to learn and continuously improve their skillsets.
Tubelite is set to celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2020. James T. Miller started Miller Industries in 1945 and began making aluminum doors and frames in Reed City, Michigan. After a decade of growth and success, Miller coined the name Tubelite, representing the tubes of aluminum and lites of glass, and continued to drive the market forward until he retired from his role as president in 1970. The company has seen various transitions throughout the years, but with the foundation of innovation and dependability established by Miller, Tubelite continues to be a leader in eco-efficient storefront, curtainwall and entrance systems
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For more than 70 years, glazing contractors have counted on […]
Tubelite Inc. will be relocating from its previous Dallas address to the Mesquite Distribution Center 3 in Mesquite, Texas. The transition will be completed by mid-October 2019. Driven by current demand and the ability to support future growth, this facility expands the company’s workspace from 47,500 square feet to 126,000 square feet. The new layout, which was influenced by employee input, will utilize the cross-dock feature of the building and will emphasize continuous material flow and increased production efficiencies.
Tubelite’s operations manager, Jim Gonzales, said, “The larger facility provides Tubelite with room to grow from one shift into three over the next several years. The additional production capacity will also support our ability to add more Damage-Free Guarantee (DFG) routes to serve a larger customer base.”
This move comes on the heels of Tubelite’s expansion in Walker, Michigan, which added 30,000 square feet to the fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations. Additionally, the location in Reed City, Michigan, continues to operate as the company’s aluminum extrusion plant, and administration offices remain in Warwick, Rhode Island.
About Tubelite Inc.
For more than 70 years, glazing contractors have counted on Tubelite’s dependable service, fabrication and distribution of architectural aluminum products. Part of Apogee Enterprises, Inc., the company is […]
Continuing its consistent growth, Tubelite Inc. has completed a 30,000-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 utilize standardized work and assembly line techniques to improve overall quality and productivity.
With a focus on continuous improvement, the expansion included a re-layout of the production area to increase efficiency of door and frame units produced in Walker. “During the expansion, we were able to facilitate a number of improvements to the flow of material and add capacity to support Tubelite’s future growth,” said Jason Meredith, Tubelite’s Walker operations manager.
He continued, describing one of the notable benefits: “A one-piece flow line for our stock and modified door leafs, allows us to enhance overall quality for our customers, while improving ergonomics and other safety items for our employees, and further supporting Tubelite’s ‘Dependable’ brand promise.”
Complementing Tubelite’s Walker facility expansion in 2016, which added an engineering test lab, a fabrication training area and larger space for extrusion racking, the current operating space now encompasses a total of 180,000 square feet. The facility in Reed City, Michigan, continues to house the company’s aluminum […]
Free for Tubelite’s portal users, our new EZ Substitution Tool for product substitutions or project submittals – cuts your time needed to submit in half.
Easy and Quick
- Prefills your unique data based on your client number
- Drop down lists
- Complete in less than half the time
as the traditional method
- Internal use has been well received by architects
Information populates into the industry’s widely accepted
CSI 13.1A or CSI 1.5C forms.
The SUBMITTAL feature provides an “à la carte” product list that compiles the information and eliminates searching for online engineering documents.
- Ability to consolidate multiple product data
into a clear, standardized and professional final document
- Ability to save
- Ability to modify saved documents
Speed and ease of use may be habit-forming.
All current and active Tubelite customers can enjoy access to the Client Portal and its features.
Those using the portal most often view their up-to-date order information and shipping status.
Increasingly, our customers also are watching installation and tour videos. Our clients-only video library continues to expand and currently includes:
* Storefront installation, in English or Spanish
* Curtainwall installation
* Tie-rod doors’ repair and re-assembly
* Door glazing for a standard door with 1-inch glass
* Door glazing for a standard door with 1/4-inch glass
* Tour of our company
* Tour of our extrusions, “How do they do that?”
Our interactive Tubelite Translator Tool has seen nearly constant use since coming online in October 2017. Clients effortlessly translate Tubelite’s extensive offering, by product descriptions and part numbers, with systems and parts of other suppliers.
Regularly updated, other downloadable resources are available with a simple click:
* The complete Price Book, Easy Estimate tool and training presentation
* Substitution requests for support during or after bidding
* Quote and order forms for doors and custom products
* Glass size calculator
* Lead-time guide
* Care and maintenance guide
* Warranty information
Tubelite is dedicated to our clients and continues to seek ways of […]
Tubelite Inc. has been approved by the National Fenestration Ratings Council (NFRC) as a Manufacturer Approved Calculation Entity (ACE) Organization. NFRC is the global leader in delivering energy and related performance ratings and certification for fenestration products and systems.
In addition to the company’s ACE certified individuals in both the engineering and marketing departments, three Tubelite representatives have earned a Certificate of Approval for successfully completing the ACE Training Workshop: client development manager Dan Goodman, and representatives Rick Hillesheim and Matt Tschida of Hillesheim Architectural Products, Inc.
As an NFRC ACE, each is qualified to carry out performance calculations of fenestration products for design support and final certification using the NFRC Component Modeling Approach (CMA) and software tool (CMAST). Through NFRC’s CMAST libraries of approved frames, glass and spacer components, users can configure fenestration products for a project, and can obtain a U-factor, solar heat gain coefficient and visible transmittance rating for those products. Performance values are then compared to the energy requirements of local energy codes to determine compliance.
Performance of specific Tubelite frame-glass combinations can be obtained from the NFRC Certified […]
Tubelite Inc. welcomed Minneapolis-based Northwestern Glass Fab, a division of Brin Glass Company, as a distributor partner. Founded in 1912, the independently owned and operated glass and architectural metal fabricator and distributor serves Minnesota and Wisconsin.
“We have been a Tubelite customer for the past several years. We’ve been impressed with their outstanding quality and performance, and are excited to expand our partnership with them,” said Northwestern Glass Fab’s general manager, Stan Mariska. “As one of Minneapolis’ largest glass and architectural metal fabricators, we know the benefit Tubelite’s dependable service and products, especially its thermal performance products, can bring to our customers.”
Steve Green, Tubelite’s vice president of sales and client services, agreed and added, “Tubelite’s mission is for our business partners to experience us as the easiest and most dependable company with which to do business. Northwestern Glass Fab’s commitment to provide dependable service to the Minnesota and western Wisconsin markets makes this association a great fit.”
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 […]
Continuing 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 […]
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 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.
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 […]
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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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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At its facility in Reed City, Mich., Tubelite Inc. has increased production capacity, as well as its aluminum extrusion capabilities, offering larger and more complex shapes for storefront, curtainwall, entrance and daylighting systems. These improvements were accomplished with the addition of a third aluminum extrusion press and the application of Lean manufacturing principles.
“The successful integration of Press 3 required a company-wide effort – from equipment acquisition in late 2012 through production-capable operations as of March 1, 2014,” says Tubelite’s vice president of operations, Glen Barfknecht. “This is a great example of the dramatic results that can be achieved using Lean to drive continuous improvement year-over-year.”
Leading these continuous improvement efforts in Reed City, Barfknecht recognizes an entire team effort, but identifies four key Tubelite associates:
* Eric Ziegler, Process Engineer
* Bill Martin, Process Engineer III
* Dave Carr, Maintenance Technician
* David Smith, Maintenance Supervisor
“Working with the four walls of our 245,000-square-foot facility, we reclaimed underused storage space to house Press 3. This not only has allowed us […]
Tubelite Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of architectural aluminum storefront, entrance and curtainwall systems in the United States, is pleased to announce that is has completed the initial set-up of its new Texas facility at 4900 Langdon Rd., Suite 500 Dallas, Texas 75241. The new facility is now staffed and operationally ready to service the company’s clients within the Texas and South Central region.
“We are very pleased with how well everything went on the project,” says Mary Avery, Tubelite’s vice president of marketing. In addition to carrying stock product inventory and servicing clients with damage-free delivery service, the new 27,500-square-foot building area will provide on-site CNC machining for door and frame fabrication. Employees previously working out of the company’s Mesquite, Texas office in addition to several employees from the company’s Walker, Michigan plant have already transitioned to the new location.
Avery adds, “This facility is easily accessible to accommodate shipping needs and is centralized within the region to provide even faster lead-times and damage-free shipments to our customers in the region.”
An upcoming […]
by Tom Minnon, LEED® AP, CDT, Eastern Region Sales Manager for Tubelite Inc.
Know the Code
When specifying a paint code for your project, always double check for accuracy. The specific code is what drives the ordering process and the achieved color. The color name is only a guideline; many times manufacturers and applicators will have the same paint name for different paint types and colors. Relying on a color name alone can be a risk. As an example, one manufacturer can have 50 paint codes all named “Hartford Green.”
Accuracy of the paint code is vital. Paint manufacturer and many applicators have their own coding system for assigning paint codes to colors. Each letter and number within the product formula has a specific meaning related to the color and tint, gloss, primer, topcoat, or the use of mica and metallics. Due to the immeasurable number of different paint […]
Tubelite Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of architectural aluminum storefront, entrance and curtainwall systems in the United States, has finalized the location of their Texas facility. The selected site at 4900 Langdon Road is on the southeast side of Dallas and near the I-20 / I-45 interchange.
“The expansion project is progressing nicely,” says Mary Avery, Tubelite’s vice president of marketing.
The building plans have been drafted for the greater than 27,000 square foot area that will provide on-site CNC machining for door and frame fabrication, as well as warehousing stock products. The plan layout also includes an office area to accommodate the transition of existing client services personnel, who currently are working out of the company’s Mesquite, Texas office.
Avery adds, “This facility is easily accessible to accommodate shipping needs and is centralized within the region to provide even faster lead-times and damage-free shipments to our customers in the region. This is a top priority for us and the team is committed to keep this project moving quickly.”
An open house is planned for the location once it is fully operational.
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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 […]
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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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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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 […]
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.”
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.
Walker, Mich. — Helping create welcoming entrances in new construction, renovations and expansions, Tubelite Inc. has enhanced its custom entrance systems for institutional and commercial projects. The company’s 3-D software modeling tools and computer numeric controlled (CNC) programming offer efficiencies that save materials, reduce lead-times and increase quality. Please see tubeliteinc.com for an informational video.
“The 3-D modeling of these door/frame details let us preview the functionality for hardware attachments prior to touching any aluminum,” explains Mary Olivier, Tubelite’s marketing manager. “Once that process is finalized and all potential conflicts have been addressed, the hardware placement is programmed into the CNC for precise, quality manufacturing.”
Olivier continues, “We pride ourselves on our ability to provide consistently short lead-times. The dependability of our products is backed with personalized service and technology to support smooth installation for on-time scheduling and on budget to deliver long-term value. Each door is manufactured to meet the project’s aesthetic, performance and environmental goals.”
Available in a nearly unlimited palette of colors, Tubelite’s architectural aluminum, custom doors may be specified in Narrow, Medium and Wide Stiles, as well as heavy-use Monumental Doors and high-performance
Walker, Mich. — Tubelite Inc. announced Complete Line Glass Wholesalers, Inc., will distribute the company’s architectural aluminum products to clients in Texas. Three of Complete Line’s Texas locations – Grand Prairie, Houston and San Antonio – now offer Tubelite’s storefront, curtainwall and entrance systems.
“For nearly 25 years, we have prided ourselves on our service and provided glazing contractors with quality products. Tubelite is a perfect fit in product mix and service. We are very pleased with the partnership,” says Robert “Chico” Perales, Complete Line’s vice president and general manager.
Perales also notes that Tubelite’s environmental focus is important to Complete Line. All of Tubelite’s architectural products are manufactured using EcoLuminum™, a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition featuring environmentally-friendly finishes. Tubelite’s recycled content, energy-efficient systems and support services help project teams pursuing green building certification. The LEED® Rating System™ is championed by the U.S. Green Building Council, of which Tubelite is a member.
Complete Line is a member of the Texas Glass Association, a state chapter of the National Glass Association (NGA). Tubelite will be exhibiting at GlassBuild America, sponsored by NGA, in Booth 2304 from September 12-14 in Atlanta.
Tubelite names United Plate Glass as distributor for western Pennsylvania and the surrounding Northeastern region
Walker, Mich. — Tubelite Inc. announced United Plate Glass Company (UPG) has been named as a distributor for the company’s architectural aluminum products. UPG offers daily deliveries to clients in western Pennsylvania, southwestern New York, eastern Ohio, northern West Virginia, northeastern Maryland, the northern D.C. suburbs and specific destinations for large projects.
For more than 25 years, UPG has provided architectural glass and aluminum products, as well as in-house fabrication services from its facilities in Butler, Pa. Complementing these strengths, UPG now offers Tubelite’s storefront, curtainwall and entrance systems, including custom doors.
All of Tubelite’s architectural products are manufactured using EcoLuminum™, a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition featuring environmentally-friendly finishes. Tubelite’s systems and UPG’s technical expertise 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.
“Tubelite is widely-accepted in our sales area,” says Mike Cully, UPG’s president. “Across the Northeast, Tubelite’s products are well-recognized and well-respected. The clients who use these products are very loyal.” He notes that most of these clients are using Tubelite’s systems on low-rise commercial buildings.
Cully continues, “While UPG has the ability to perform high production orders, it […]