John Weise Launches Sister Company to F. Barkow
August 4, 2010
John Weise, president of F. Barkow, has launched a new company,
American Rack Inc., which will be a sister company to F. Barkow.
Both companies will operate out of the same 55,000-square-foot building
in Milwaukee, which Weise says has adequate space to manufacture
both product lines.
"Considering the down economy and everybody watching their
checkbooks closer than ever, we felt this was a good time to create
and market a high quality, inexpensive glass rack in kit form,"
says Weise. "The first professionally engineered product from
American Rack Inc. is called the Commander, which is a 10- by 7-foot
aluminum glass rack with a stainless steel roof rack for a van."
Weise adds, "We thought the timing was right because F. Barkow
Inc. already offers a high-quality, all-welded, glass rack at a
competitive price and now American Rack Inc. offers the least expensive
glass rack in the industry. Blending the 131 years of experience
of Barkow building glass racks and the creative design of the Commander,
we feel like we are responding to and have available whatever the
market is asking for."
According to Weise, the company has contracted with a professional
engineering firm to help design and test the van rack.
"We are very satisfied with their services. Our production
staff and office staff will grow as the companies grow," he
says. "We are currently finishing testing and will be looking
forward to customer response very soon."
He adds that they will also be pursuing other products in the near
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