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Great Glazing: 522 Lady Street

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rsz_gg_522ladystreet_300The basics: When the design team set out to renovate a 1930s-era cigar, candy store and adjacent warehouse at 522 Lady Street in Columbia, South Carolina, they knew that exterior glass would play a major role in achieving project goals to create a modern office space. The glass creates a contemporary feel that sets off structural elements of the legacy buildings, including red brick walls and white stucco surfaces. Natural light permeates deep within the space, while solar heat gain is managed to keep indoor temperatures comfortable.

“We wanted glass that would showcase the building’s historic features while creating a modern office space that is comfortable and full of natural light,” says architect Josh Boltinhouse, AIA, LEED AP, who adds, “The people who work here love this space.”

The players: Architect, Lambert Architecture + Construction Services; general contractor,McCrory Construction; glass manufacturer, Guardian Industries; independent Guardian Select  fabricator, Aldora Aluminum and Glass Products; independent Glazier Connection member Ace Glass Co.; aluminum supplier, Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope
The glass: Guardian Industries delivered both the energy performance and aesthetic features that the designers desired, including the absence of tint and reflectivity. “Rather than creating a monolithic look, we wanted to see right into the space and show off its historical character,” says Boltinghouse. Guardian’s SunGuard SNX 51/23 glass was used for an iconic stair tower visible from the street, all existing window locations and new expanses of glass that overlook the city and nearby Congaree River.

Fabricated by Aldora Aluminum and Glass Products and installed by Ace Glass Co., SunGuard SNX 51/23 glass brings a visible light transmission of 51 percent and a low solar heat gain coefficient of 0.23.

When the firm outgrew its former space across the river, the team of architects and designers moved in themselves and work at 522 Lady Street.

Photos by Kickstand Photography

As posted on: http://glassmagazine.com/article/commercial/great-glazing-522-lady-street-1615384

Acquisition Announcement

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Aldora Aluminum and Glass Products is pleased to announce the acquisition of Louisville Plate Glass Company, Inc. (LPG) of Louisville, KY. The purchase was completed in early 2016. In addition, LPG will move into a new, state of the art, 60,000 sf manufacturing facility which will provide much needed tempering capability.

 

LPG was founded in 1911. Like many businesses, LPG (then part of United Glass Corporation) was struggling in 2008/2009 during the recession. United Glass’ Board of Directors were planning to shutter the operation and serve the area through an Atlanta facility. Bill Stone, using his extensive experience from being a partner in glass fabrication and tempering plants in Atlanta, Columbus Ohio and Pittsburgh, seized this opportunity to buy back LPG, save the jobs of the employees and orchestrate a comeback when the economy turned. After a few years of sluggish recovery, LPG turned the corner, doubling its revenues and increasing its workforce from 25-40. Product line expansion and extending service area south to Nashville and north to Cleveland were major contributing factors. LPG grew on a reputation of quality and service.

 

Though the business was doing well, Bill was very concerned about the long term survival of LPG. It did not have tempering capability nor did it have a family successor for Bill to pass the reins. Stone’s children were all successful in careers outside the architectural glass industry. While Stone could personally finance a new facility with much needed tempering capability, it would not be prudent to go at it alone. Bill’s situation and the success of LPG created an opportunity for Leon Silverstein, CEO of Aldora Aluminum and Glass Products, to get together and work out an amiable plan. Stone had known Silverstein for years when he was the CEO of Arch Aluminum and had starting talking about a potential plan to get together since 2012. Bill was excited to have a young (Leon is 8 days younger than Stone’s oldest child Pamela Ryan who is currently a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs), experienced partner involved in the industry and agreed to an acquisition by Aldora. A major component of the deal was the transition of LPG into a new facility with tempering and glass fabrication capability. Stone also felt that Silverstein shared the same emotional ties to employees and believed he could entrust their futures with Aldora.

 

The new branch is located on Chef’s Way in Louisville. Stone, Silverstein and other investors purchased the Creations Garden building on Chef’s Way off of Produce Road where they have been remodeling and installing new state of the art glass fabrication equipment. Bill Stone will remain active as President of LPG and a new shareholder of Aldora. The iconic name of Louisville Plate Glass will live on and the Louisville community will benefit from having one of its oldest operating businesses expanding with projections to have over 100 employees by 2020.

 

The Branch Manager is 30 year industry veteran Don Power, who has been supervising the installation of equipment and renovation of the property. Don has an extensive knowledge in plant equipment and plant management having operated glass fabrication facilities in Indiana, Ohio, Florida, Virginia and New Jersey. As National Director of Operations for Arch Aluminum and Glass, Don had multi-branch supervision, establishing training programs, Best Practices, Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) and successfully implementing Lean Manufacturing concepts throughout all of the Arch locations.

 

Louisville Plate Glass will now provide tempered glass, fabricated shower enclosures and fabricated glass in addition to its current line of IG units, Opaci Coat, laminated glass and stock sheet glass and mirror distribution. The new facility houses a NorthGlass/HHH Tempering Furnace with 96” x 196” capacity, jumbo cutting table, glass polisher and water jet. An upgraded residential IG line will be relocated into the new plant.

 
“We are really excited to partner with Aldora and to provide our customers with added products and services”, says Bill Stone. “Our business has grown substantially, so the timing of the transaction along with the new facility couldn’t have been better.”
In addition to its own product line, LPG can now extend its offerings to include products from other Aldora branches. Leon Silverstein, CEO of Aldora states, “We are pleased to add Louisville Plate Glass to the Aldora family. Bill Stone’s team has a great reputation in the industry and we believe it will only get better with the capability that the new plant will provide.”

 

Louisville Plate Glass, located in Louisville, KY has served the glazing industry for over 105 years. Founded on traditional values and customer service, LPG provides tempered glass, IG units, laminated safety glass, shower enclosures, Opaci Coat and distribution products throughout the states of Tennessee, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. LPG’s website can be found at www.LouisvillePlateGlass.com.

 

Aldora Aluminum and Glass Products is an industry leader in glass and aluminum fabrication. Headquartered in Miramar, FL, with 5 manufacturing locations, Aldora features full lines of glass and mirror products, including sophisticated edgework, beveling, shower enclosures, tabletops, laminated glass (SGP,PVB and Uvekol), and insulating glass as well as all glass entrances. Aldora also manufacturers hurricane resistant, blast resistant and non-impact aluminum storefront and entrance systems. In addition to LPG’s distribution area, Aldora serves the east coast from North Carolina to the Florida Keys, as well as export. Manufacturing facilities are located in Hialeah, FL, Miramar, FL, Orlando, FL, Charleston, SC and Louisville, KY. For more information visit www.aldora-architectural.com.

AIA Course Launched

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Aldora Aluminum and Glass Products has launched its AIA Course using the online service of Architect-Forum at www.architect-forum.com.  The course is a 1 LU credit CEU course and carries the HSW (Health Safety and Welfare) accreditation.
 

The title of the course is:  Pre-Glazed Impact Storefront Delivery System
 

And a description of the course is as follows:
 

Storefront fabrication and delivery is done in two primary ways; stick built transported on glazier work trucks or pre-glazed fabrication followed by jobsite delivery direct from the factory. A majority of framing systems used in the stick built process are flush-glazed, center set weep systems. These systems don’t require any sophisticated equipment. Pre-glazed systems are typically wet seal, non-weep designs. This course is focused on the fabrication, assembly, delivery of hurricane-resistant (impact) storefront and entrance doors. Impact products require additional attention to manufacturing standards due to the safety of structures and occupants within.

Don Burgess Hiring

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Don Burgess, Sales RepresentativeAldora Aluminum and Glass Products is pleased to announce the hiring of Don Burgess, Sales Representative. Don will be responsible for the Orlando area and eastern Florida including territory from Melbourne to Daytona. Don brings with him over 40 years of experience in the glass and glazing industry, a majority as an outside sales representative. He also has had the unique distinction of owning his own glass shop, which provides him a first-hand perspective with his customers.

The hiring of Don Burgess is in conjunction with the opening of Aldora’s new Orlando facility. The installation of a tempering oven, laminating line, insulating line and fabrication equipment is near completion.

Dana Duval, Branch Manager for Aldora’s Orlando facility, states “We are real fortunate to have Don Burgess on our sales team for Orlando. Don knows virtually every glass and glazing company in his territory already and he is truly excited about the opportunity to offer his customers Aldora’s extensive product line.”

Aldora Aluminum and Glass Products is an industry leader in glass and aluminum fabrication as well as textured and pattern glass. The company operates out of its three manufacturing locations, Miramar, FL, Charleston, SC and its newest location in Orlando, FL. Aldora features full lines of glass and mirror products, including sophisticated edgework, beveling, sandblasting, shower enclosures, tabletops, laminated glass (PVB,SGP, Uvekol), and insulating glass as well as all glass entrances. Aldora also manufactures hurricane resistant, blast resistant and non-impact aluminum storefront and entrance systems. Aldora serves over 500 glazier dealers from North Carolina to the keys of Florida and the Caribbean. www.aldora-architectural.com.

Charleston Equipment Upgrades

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Aldora Aluminum and Glass Products is in the process of upgrading equipment at its Charleston location. Due to increased demand of fabricated glass products and the age of the existing equipment, Aldora has ordered new equipment that will increase production speed and quality of product.

  • Included in the purchase is a new true convection furnace capable of tempering 84” x 196” lites of glass. Thicknesses range from 1/8” to ¾” including low E soft coats. The furnace is ordered with installation slated for late third/early fourth quarter of 2015.
  • Also on order is a CNC waterjet. The waterjet will increase the fabrication throughput of notches and holes primarily for shower enclosures. It is scheduled for installation during the third quarter of 2015.
  • Fourth quarter of 2015, the Charleston location is due to receive a jumbo cutting table, increasing the dimensions of raw glass that the branch can process which produces greater yields.

Branch Manager Sean Ryan states “These three key pieces of equipment will dramatically improve our ability to better serve our customers. The new furnace will provide increased product sizes as well as increased output. The convection component will help to minimize distortion in coated glass.” Ryan is also eager to have the waterjet, ”the new CNC machine will improve the quality of hole and notch fabrication with greater speed and reliability. The jumbo cutting table is a huge bonus as it will add to our production capacity.”

Aldora Aluminum and Glass Products is an industry leader in glass and aluminum fabrication as well as textured and pattern glass. The company operates out of its three manufacturing locations, Miramar, FL, Charleston, SC and its newest location in Orlando, FL. Aldora features full lines of glass and mirror products, including sophisticated edgework, beveling, sandblasting, shower enclosures, tabletops, laminated glass (PVB,SGP, Uvekol), and insulating glass as well as all glass entrances. Aldora also manufactures hurricane resistant, blast resistant and non-impact aluminum storefront and entrance systems. Aldora serves over 500 glazier dealers from North Carolina to the keys of Florida and the Caribbean. www.aldora-architectural.com.

Aldora Orlando Branch Announcement

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Aldora Aluminum and Glass Products is pleased to announce that it has finalized a location for its new Orlando area glass fabrication facility. Aldora will occupy the 76,500 square foot stand-alone building by March 1st, 2015 and expects to be fabricating products by the second quarter. Dana Duval will be the Branch Manager.

 
The new fabrication/distribution facility is located at:

Aldora Aluminum and Glass Products, Inc

1903 Cypress Lake Drive

Orlando, Florida

 
Aldora’s Altamonte Springs location will close the last week of February and be relocated into the new facility. Altamonte’s customers will continue to receive services out of the new location. Altamonte’s Manager, Jay Nicosia will be part of the management team.

 
The Orlando location will have state of the art equipment that has been ordered and on the way. Included in the list are the following:

 

  • New Melco 96” x 240” Autoclave
  • New 96” automated laminating line with convection ovens for the improved manufacturing of soft coat laminated products
  • New Joe’s Refrigeration clean/cold room with Munson air handling systems
  • New state of the art 84” x 180” tempering furnace with capability to run 1/8” to ¾” and convection heating for high performance soft coats
  • New Schiatti Polisher and hole machine
  • Bilco jumbo 130” x 204” cutting table
  • Bovone Beveler
  • Insulated Glass Line

 
Distribution service will start immediately with the relocation of Altamonte’s existing distribution service. Additional fabrication services will be brought on line as equipment becomes fully operational.

 
We look forward to providing you with new quality products such as PVB laminated LowE and SGP laminated glass, insulated glass, laminated insulated glass, fabricated showers, table tops and beveled glass products.

 
For questions, please contact Aldora of Miramar or ask your Aldora Sales Representative.

Aldora on GDS

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Many of our customers prefer to estimate projects using GDS Storefront Estimating Software. Aldora’s product catalog is now included in the GDS online library. GDS is perfect for getting a quick estimate on simple projects. Larger or complex projects should go through Aldora’s estimating department for more accurate quotations.

The GDS website is http://www.gdsestimating.com

Aldora announces Charlotte area expansion plans

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Aldora Aluminum and Glass Products, a manufacturer of custom fabricated aluminum and glass products, is pleased to announce its expansion plans into the Charlotte area market with a new distribution facility.  The new location will be managed by Sean Ryan, an industry glass professional with 15 years of executive and general branch supervision.

The Charlotte branch will be supplied fabricated glass materials and aluminum products out of Aldora of Charleston.  It will also have an inventory of stock sheet glass, mirror and glazing supplies.  The branch will provide service to the Charlotte area 5 days per week.  Over time, the location will add fabrication capabilities to better serve the market.

“This is a great opportunity for Aldora to expand its geographical reach and serve a customer base that needs daily deliveries”, says Trent Hartley, Branch Manager for Aldora of Charleston.  “We are excited to have an industry veteran in Sean Ryan on our team and look forward to supplying the Charlotte market.”

Aldora Aluminum and Glass Products is a manufacturer and distributor of glass and aluminum fabricated products as well as textured and pattern glass.  Operating out of its two manufacturing locations, Aldora in Miramar, FL and Aldora in Charleston, SC,  with a third location in North Florida scheduled to open by January 2015, Aldora features full lines of glass and mirror products, including sophisticated edgework, beveling, sandblasting, shower enclosures, tabletops, laminated glass, and insulating glass as well as all glass entrances.  Aldora also manufactures hurricane resistant, blast resistant and non-impact aluminum storefront and entrance systems.   Aldora serves over 500 glazier dealers from North Carolina to the keys of Florida and the Caribbean.   www.aldora-architectural.com.