TSI/Exterior Wall Systems Breaks Ground on Expanded Facility
May 24, 2011

An architectural rendering shows what TSI/Exterior Wall Systems’ new, expanded offices and manufacturing facility will look like once completed.

TSI/Exterior Wall Systems is expanding its operations with a new office and manufacturing facility that will be located in Prince George County, Md. A groundbreaking took place today for the new facility that will be 69,567 square feet and located on more than 7.5 acres.

Thomas Cornellier, chief financial officer, told USGNN.com™ that the deal for the land was closed at the end of December and the company qualified for a Recovery Facility Bond.

“This is a Federal program that trickled money down to the state and then to the county,” he says. “The program expired on December 31 and we closed the deal on December 29.” He adds that the Victor Cornellier, the company’s founder and president, was responsible for putting the entire deal together.

“The property was purchased in an LLC called Cornell Associates LLC, named in memory of Vic’s Father, and Vic is the managing member,” adds Cornellier.

Cornellier says the move was necessary as over the past decade the company, which includes three groups, TSI/Exterior Wall Systems Inc., TSI/Architectural Metals Inc., and Mid-Atlantic Construction Supply, outgrew its current space, which was about 66,000 square feet.

“As we grew, we had to lease other warehouses in our area, which caused a disjointed manufacturing facility,” says Cornellier. “This new space will consolidate the manufacturing facilities of each entity, have plenty of yard space for storage and will allow one central shipping/trucking center. We should see significant efficiency gains and cost savings from the new facility. In addition, we will combine the offices of each entity, which will allow for better collaboration on projects as well as cross training.”

He adds that the new location will help the company become more efficient in its manufacturing operations.
“Our old space was set up more as a distribution facility that we modified as best we could to support our operations,” Cornellier says. “[With] this new facility we were able to design it to efficiently meet our processes.”
As part of the move the company also has plans for equipment upgrades and additions.

“We will be upgrading at least one CNC machine for our Mid-Atlantic Construction Supply company. We are also adding an overhead crane that will allow for [easier] transport of fabricated structures, as well as the loading and unloading of trucks from our drive through bay,” says Cornellier.

The new building is a tilt-up style, but Cornellier says they are modifying one corner to showcase the material from each of the company’s divisions. 

“The corner will have our composite metal panel system, curtainwall, a glass canopy (from TSI/Architectural Metals Inc.), a point-supported wall, and a glass monumental stairway to go from the first floor to the second floor,” he says. “As you drive in, that will be the focal point of our building and the entire business park, so we wanted to showcase our products.”

The building is expected to be complete December 1, 2011.

Need more info and analysis about the issues?
CLICK HERE to subscribe to USGlass magazine.