Sets Its Sights on Architectural Glass Market
From planes, trains and automobiles, Metalcrafters in Orange County,
Calif., has announced that it is now aiming to produce complex,
curved laminated and tempered glass products for the architectural
company, which made a name for itself over the last 15 years by
building-and producing the windshields-of such concept cars as the
Dodge Viper, FJ Cruiser and Dodge Demon, has now set its sights
on the architectural glass industry. George Gaffoglio, chief executive
officer of Metalcrafters, says the jump isn't too different from
when the company first branched out to developing windshields for
jetliners and trains.
"I'm hoping to explore the opportunities [in architectural
glass]," Gaffoglio says. "When we started talking about
aerospace glass two or three years ago, we hadn't done any aerospace
glass at all and today we have 14 different production programs
already approved. Just because we haven't done any architectural
work doesn't mean that perhaps we couldn't have something in place."
Custom architectural glass is the latest goal for the company.
According to Gaffoglio, Metalcrafters already has in place strong
design and engineering departments prepared to take on the unique
needs of the architectural glass community, as well the necessary
Gaffoglio says one of the advantages Metalcrafters can offer to
its customers is flexibility in production. "[With] bigger
glass companies, if you need one or two panels of glass, it will
be probably be very difficult to find a supplier that can do that.
Most companies, if you don't have a run of a couple of thousand
of this, or 5,000 of that, they probably won't even talk to you.
That's an area where we can specialize in this niche market-low
volume. If you need just one part, we will do that, and if you need
a couple hundred up to a thousand of something, we can also do that."
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