CRL of Europe Relocates German Headquarters to New Facility near
September 11, 2009
Angeles-based C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) has opened a new 36,000-square-foot
facility in Ilsfeld, Germany, north of Stuttgart. Formerly located
in Bad Wimpfen, the new location brings the products and services
closer to Stuttgart, and is easily accessed from the E 41 Highway.
This is an important segment of our European strategy,
says Donald E. Friese, chairperson and chief executive officer.
We want to offer our European customers the same wide range
of products we currently provide North America and Australia. We
also plan to present our rapid customization process
to the European market, providing customers with products built
to their specifications, with lead times similar to off-the-shelf
products. As we move forward, we plan to focus a great deal on Europe
as an opportunity for growth.
The new facility will enable CRL to stock a much larger inventory
of products for European customers, and will also feature new shipping
equipment and computer systems for quick delivery. Customers will
be able to pick up orders onsite. A showroom will display new products,
including full size working models of architectural hardware products,
frameless shower door hardware, glass railing systems, all-glass
storefront systems, architectural metals, and glazing supplies and
We consider our global strategy to be very important to the
future of this company, Friese adds. This year has been
one of tremendous growth for CRL as we continue to make substantial
investments in facilities in both the UK and Germany. After the
acquisition of Ebor Group Holdings, Ltd. (Ebor) in Manchester, England,
we immediately began construction on a 71,000-square-foot facility,
in Rochdale. We believe that the expansion of these facilities will
make CRL one of the best suppliers to the glazing industry in Europe
with over 137,000 square feet of floor space dedicated to distribution
of our extensive line of products.
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