Acralight International Skylights Acquires Manufacturing Rights for Certain Naturalite Products
July 22, 2011
Acralight International Skylights based in Santa Ana, Calif., has acquired the assets and manufacturing rights to produce standard skylights, smoke vents and related products formerly produced by Naturalite, from Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope™. Lance McCabe, chairman and chief executive officer of Acralight, says the acquisition did not include the Naturalite name, which is still owned by Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope. The acquisition was finalized July 12 and included the purchase of specific assets, product designs, testing, listings, certifications, machinery, tooling and dies for standard skylights, smoke vents and related products.
“We purchased the assets to produce standard dome unit skylights, small glass unit skylights and smoke vents in commercial, residential and industrial applications,” says McCabe. “The acquisition includes all of the related equipment, intellectual property, manufacturing rights, code/UL approvals; basically everything to produce and sell these products.
Operating as Acralight International Skylights, Texas Division, McCabe says the acquisition establishes the company as the only full-line manufacturer of skylights in the United States with manufacturing and shipping locations east and west of the Rocky Mountains.
“Having facilities in both California and Texas gives us a strong ability to satisfy large nationwide accounts including big-box retailers and other large purchasers, as well as new technologies such as our photovoltaic skylights and Lumira™ insulating skylights for greatly improved thermal efficiencies,” says McCabe.
While the acquisition did not include the facility in Terrell, Texas, McCabe says the company will be moving into a facility nearby, which is expected to be fully operational next month.
“We’re hiring and staffing the new Texas facility and expect it will create many job opportunities,” he says.
Also as a result of the acquisition, Acralight has hired Jeff Rutledge, who had been the general manager of Naturalite for many years. Rutledge will serve as vice president/general manager for Acralight’s central and eastern expansion.
“Jeff’s 25 years of leadership experience with this most recognized national Texas leader of skylights will allow us to rapidly get up to speed manufacturing product and servicing customers,” says Kevin Norcross, president of Acralight.
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