Viracon to Decrease Frequency of Least Requested Coatings
August 15, 2011

Viracon in Owatonna, Minn., has announced that it is decreasing the frequency of its least requested current coating runs.

"Viracon is known for offering the widest range of choices for architects and that will still clearly be the case," says Kelly Schuller, senior vice president of sales and marketing. "However, 95 percent of our production is concentrated on a reasonably short list of coatings. The remainder, a large number of primarily older reflective coatings, requires a disproportionate amount of our coating capacity. While we will continue to support replacements for any Viracon-originated coating over our 40-plus year history, our oldest coatings will only be available at predefined times during the year. This will free up more coating capacity for new product development."

Viracon's most requested coatings, such as the VUE, VE, VRE, and VNE coating lines, will continue to run on a weekly basis. Effective January 1, 2012, the company's less requested coatings will begin running on a quarterly or annual basis. A comprehensive list of coating availability is available on Viracon's website.

In addition to changing the frequency of some Viracon coating runs, the company will also discontinue its Guardian replacement glass coatings program, and will make a final run of the coatings in the fourth quarter of 2011 to address any remaining customer needs.

Customers that award Viracon a project by September 1, 2011, using the limited run coatings will not be affected by the change. Viracon's sales teams have been directly contacting all customers that might be impacted by the change to discuss project schedules and the fabricator's continued commitment to their projects.

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