CRL Acquires Australian Distribution Company

C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL), headquartered in Los Angeles, a supplier to the glazing, architectural, construction, industrial, and automotive industries, has acquired "CRL North," an existing distribution company in Sydney, Australia. CRL North once had ties to the early C.R. Laurence operation.

"Australia is quite a move for us, and one of which we are quite proud. We see a great potential for growth in Australia. We plan to apply the good business practices and dedication to the customer that we have established here in North America to our new operation," Donald E. Friese, CRL president and chief executive officer, said In making the announcement.

Luke Collins, the former owner, has been named the managing director of the operation, newly named "C.R. Laurence Australia." He brings more than ten years of experience in the glass industry to his appointment.

"Luke has a deep understanding of the Australian glass market, is close to his customers, and has good business savvy. Our goal is to make CRL a major factor in the glass and architectural hardware marketplace in Australia. CRL already has a presence in Canada and Europe, as well," Friese added.

CRL North has been serving customers out of a 10,000 sq. ft. facility. CRL plans to start construction soon on a 50,000 sq. ft. facility in the southwestern area of Sydney, close to many of the major glass companies. The new warehouse will feature new shipping equipment and computer systems. A "Will Call" Department will allow customers to pick up orders on site, and will feature a major product display area that will contain some of CRL's newest products, including full size working models of CRL's architectural hardware products, shower door hardware, railing systems, and transaction hardware.

"We are very pleased to be extending our capabilities to Australia and the Sydney area," said Friese.

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