AP to Open Houston Branch in April
YKK AP America Inc. in Austell, Ga., plans to open a new branch
in Houston to serve its commercial building industry customers in
south Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.
The new branch, the company's ninth, is expected to open by April
2008 and will ultimately have 15 to 20 employees involved in sales,
estimating, customer service, production and warehousing functions.
The company is evaluating several sites in Houston's northwestern
YKK AP's commercial products group sells aluminum glazing systems
used in the exterior envelope of office buildings, schools, apartments
and condominiums, stores and other buildings. Branches are supplied
from YKK AP's Dublin, Ga., manufacturing facility, which is being
doubled in size and capacity. The Dublin plant's third extrusion
press and second paint line should be operational when the Houston
"With vertical integration of sales and support services, the
Houston branch will provide local access and service to architects,
glaziers and developers in South Texas and the Gulf Coast,"
says Oliver Stepe, senior vice president. "We look forward
to introducing this region toYKK AP ProTek, our highly successful
line of hurricane impact-resistant products."
According to Stepe, the Texas market for nonresidential construction
is one of the largest in the United States."We currently have
a branch in Dallas but found that in order to increase our ability
to serve the state and increase our revenue in the region, we would
need to establish a location in the southern part of the state,
namely Houston. Secondly, based on our market research, both customers
and non-customers wanted us to open a location in the area. Further,
the state of Texas is an emerging market for impact-resistant products
and we will use Houston as a platform to launch our highly successful
ProTek product line in to the coastal areas of Texas and also New
Orleans and the Gulf Coast."
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