Kawneer Expands Capabilities at Austell, Ga., Facility
February 9, 2010

Kawneer Company Inc. has invested approximately $1 million in the expansion of capabilities at its 52,000-square-foot Austell, Ga., facility. The improvements were made to provide customers with a broader range of resources, as well as increased production, storage and inventory, resulting in shorter lead times and enhanced quality, according to the company announcement.

"Kawneer remains focused on the future and the opportunities ahead," says Tom Szematowicz, director of service centers for Kawneer North America. "After seeing the improvements first hand at our Austell facility, I am confident that these changes will allow Kawneer to be even more responsive to market cyclicality and more capable of servicing our customers."

With the recent expansion and capital investment, the company says the Austell facility is uniquely positioned to provide service to an expanded customer base. In addition, this investment in new fabrication equipment and technology is said to give Kawneer the flexibility to better meet the demand of today's market, as well as future demands when the market improves, and to do so while remaining cost competitive.

Kawneer's Austell service center offers stock items, a custom door line, framing systems, welding, fabrication and packing. According to the announcement, many of the enhancements are related to improvements in technology, allowing information to flow quickly and increasing the speed of accuracy.

"Providing our customers with both the resources they need to grow their businesses and exceptional service is a priority. We're proud to be growing and extending our capabilities in Austell. This is only the beginning - there will be more to come," says Diana Perreiah, vice president of business operations for Kawneer North America.

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