Hartung Glass Industries Acquires Trulite's Dallas Facility
January 3, 2012

By Sahely Mukerji, smukerji@glass.com

Officials at Hartung Glass Industries (HGI) of Seattle and Trulite Glass and Aluminum Solutions of Deerfield Beach, Fla., have signed an agreement under which HGI has acquired the former Farmers Branch, Texas, location of Trulite, formally operated by Vitro, according to a January 2 company news release. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Farmers Branch Trulite is HGI's fourth glass fabrication acquisition in two years.

"The HGI Dallas acquisition advances the company's mission of controlled growth and to increase its presence as the leading supplier of fabricated glass products throughout the west and south," says Nick Sciola, president and owner of HGI.

It seemingly is a win-win for both companies.

"The combination of three companies to form Trulite clearly allowed for some site consolidation," says Jeff Leone, CEO of Trulite Glass and Aluminum. "We had an extra building in Dallas and we sold it. [We] consolidated two sites into one, similar to [what we did in Atlanta]. The result allows Trulite to have the best locations throughout the USA and Canada to service our customers."

The 82,000-square-foot facility has been operating as HGI - Dallas, effective December 1, 2011. "Transition is still underway so employees and capacity will be growing with the location requirements in the coming months," says Kirk Johnson, director of sales at HGI. "Hartung has been hiring new talent in key roles as positions are required."

Texas is one of the few regions that showed a high percentage of construction job gains last month. "Oil, business-friendly atmosphere, climate, demographics and consolidation of capacity [are the reasons for the job gains]," Johnson says.

"Hartung Glass is very proud of our roots in Texas as an active member of the local glass and metal community for over 10 years with our Arlington branch of Agalite Shower and Bath Enclosures," Sciola says in the release. "We see Texas leading the economic recovery and the addition of Hartung Dallas will complement our existing lines and enhance our ability to better serve the region with an extremely experienced and talented in-place team, and our own fleet of trucks delivering to new and existing customers."

Agalite Arlington is sharing the new plant with HGI and has already moved operations, according to the release. Products currently in production include HGI's line of Total Vision Systems glass doors, storefronts and commercial entrances, as well as Agalite's entire line of shower and bath enclosure collections. The company plans on installing new equipment throughout 2012, according to the release.

"The addition of the Dallas location to the Hartung Enterprise further solidifies the company's role in the flat glass market and will increase the value that Hartung delivers to customers," Sciola says.

HGI continues to explore additional cities and opportunities for expanding its footprint in the western North American glass market, according to the release.

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