Industry Offers Opportunity for U.S. Aluminum Customers
May 18, 2011
A bankruptcy can be a challenge for many parties involved, from employees to suppliers and even customers. U.S. Aluminum’s filing of Chapter 7 bankruptcy is no exception, as many of its customers may now be wondering “What now?” Several industry aluminum suppliers are empathetic to the situation, but say there are many opportunities still available for the glazing industry.

“Tubelite is very empathetic to the employees and customers of U.S. Aluminum. With regard to fulfilling outstanding and unfilled orders for U.S. Aluminum products caused by the recent Chapter 7 filing, both Tubelite and its network of stocking distributors have the capability and capacity to assist in dependably servicing a portion of this demand and have already begun doing so,” says Ken Werbowy, Tubelite’s president and chief executive officer. “We pride ourselves in developing long-term relationships with our glazing contractor clients and in devoting ourselves to dependably fulfilling their aluminum storefront, entrance and curtainwall requirements.”

Kelly Townsend, national sales director with Columbia Commercial Building Products, says his company is also working with many former U.S. Aluminum customers on projects, along with their regular customers who are being asked to bid some of the projects that had previously been awarded.

“Columbia has a full line of windows, storefront and curtianwall products, as well as custom doors that U.S. Aluminum offered but, as many customers and former U.S. Aluminum customers advise, our lead-times and customer service are a big advantage for [us] and should help on many projects where orders now have to be switched to alternate suppliers while trying to maintain current project schedules for completion,” says Townsend.  He adds that though quoting has increased, “our estimating department is maintaining our three working days or less standards for quote turn around.”

Editor’s note: contacted numerous other companies to provide comments for this article, but at press time only those quoted above had responded.

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