Gratings Adds A New Division: OGi Architectural Metal Solutions
|Ohio Gratings has added a new division, OGi,
following the announcement of its joint venture with American
Ohio Gratings Inc. in Canton, Ohio, has added a new division to
its companyOGi Architectural Metal Solutions. This new division
has been created to expand into the architectural metals market
providing aluminum, carbon and stainless steel products for projects
requiring architectural applications such as sunshades, grilles,
fencing, handrail infill, building facades, louvers and ADA walking
"The new division was tied into the Florida joint venture with
American Metalco," explains Carl Griffin, director of marketing.
In May, Ohio Gratings Inc. had announced a joint venture with American
Metalco in Longwood, Fla. CLICK
HERE to read more about the joint venture.
Griffin adds, "While they operate within the state of Florida,
our new division will focus on hot spots within the United States,
looking at opportunities in Chicago and New York City as well as
the Southwest. Louvers, grilles and sunscreen are more prevalent
in the sunnier, hotter climates in the Southeast and Southwest."
|Ohio Gratings expects that its new division
will allow it to expand its architectural product offerings
into new markets around the country.
Since adding this division the company has hired an individual
with experience in the architectural field. "He has helped develop
our quality procedures and worked on putting together and designing
complete systems to market and sell," Griffin says. "We will add
some additional people and refocus others as needed based on volume
In the meantime, the company is expecting its new division to benefit
from its relationship with its joint venture partner.
"We'll learn from American Metalco as they have more experience
in this market. Their services include design and structural engineering
support for their products, which also are more diverse than our
product offering at this point. Our manufacturing facilities in
Canton will come up to speed and produce some of the products they
currently are buying from other sources. They also have experience
installing their products, something we currently stay away from,"
"All and all, it's a win-win for Ohio Gratings and our architectural
division and partner."
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