CRL Purchases Supply Division of Vitrododi
June 25, 2010

Los Angeles-based C.R. Laurence Co. Inc (CRL) has acquired the supply division of the Italian Vitrododi International Co., effective June 30, 2010.

For three generations Vitrododi has been operating in the glass field supplying machines and tools. The Milan-based company serves several markets, predominantly across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. With a more than 80-year history, the business was established in 1927 by the Dodi family for the traditional production of mirror paint. In the second post-war period, the Company devoted itself to exporting Italian made machines and tools around the world. The company continued to grow its product range, starting in the ’80s to develop and manufacture its own machinery and, among other notable events, became the exclusive European distributor for Toyo Glass Cutters from Japan.

The company developed into two distinct business units, Vitrododi Production and Vitrododi Supply. It is the supply business that has been acquired by CRL, along with the distribution rights to the entire Toyo product line. This will allow Vitrododi to focus on research and development and the manufacturing of its glass washers, which will become the core business of the company’s production division.

“This move both underscores our commitment to developing the European, Middle East, and North African markets, and to ensure our customers have great choice and availability of proven and well respected products,” says Lloyd Talbert, president of CRL. “We are particularly proud of the support shown by Toyo, Japan, for this arrangement following their recognition that we are determined to not only serve them well, but also develop the markets and opportunities for their range. In addition, we will continue to supply the Vitrododi portfolio of small glass processing machines and the associated lines that we feel compliment or enhance our product offer.”

According to information from the company, CRL will retain the Vitrododi name. CRL Vitrododi will continue to supply wholesalers and distributors throughout the region, in addition to any existing end users. The business will be transferred to the company’s new sales and distribution facility near Manchester, UK, and is expected to be operating as normal within a few days.

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