Glasslam to Open Three New Locations, Close
One, in 2010
March 23, 2010
Glasslam N.G.I. Inc., headquartered in Pompano Beach, Fla., says
it has approved the investment for three manufacturing facilities
to manufacture its insulating glass foam spacer products.
Among the new facilities is a factory in Kent, UK., which will service
existing and new accounts in the European market. It is scheduled
to open this summer. According to information from the company,
the first of three extruding lines are almost complete and staff
training currently is underway.
In the third quarter of 2010 the company plans to open another facility
in Kowloon, Hong Kong, in partnership with Glasslam Asia Ltd. It
will produce foam spacer products for use in Asian markets.
Company representatives say they are also searching for a site in
the Southeastern United States, most likely the Carolinas, for a
third new plant which will produce its Smart Edge products.
This last announcement follows a March 14 editorial in The Bahamas
Weekly, in which Steve Howes, chief executive officer of Glasslam
N.G.I./ Fenestration and Glass Services Ltd. announced that FGS
would be closing its facilities in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island,
and relocating that facility to North Carolina.
Howes attributes the closure to challenges in working with the Grand
Bahama Power Co., writing, "Ever since we started to build
our factories and then opening and running of our business on this
island we have been tricked, lied to, overcharged and had our equipment
destroyed over and over again to the point of having to run on our
own generator to power our factories."
He further notes, "
One of their lawyers has sent us
a threatening letter and a cease and desist demand stating that
we can not run our own generator to power our factories and yet
they (the power company) can't supply us the power we need without
spiking our equipment and stopping our production."
Howes says that the company will retain a small satellite window
factory on the island but the closure will mean the loss of more
than five hundred jobs.
The factory has built hurricane protective windows, security glass
and decorative glass for doors for three years on the island.
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