SCHOTT Acquires Applied Energy Systems

SCHOTT North America Inc. of Elmsford, N.Y. has announced that the company has purchased the business and assets of Applied Energy Systems Inc. (AES) in Warwick, R.I., effective retroactively to January 1, 2006. The new company, SCHOTT Applied Energy Systems LLC will continue to serve customers from the existing Warwick, R.I. facility.

Applied Energy Systems is a fabricator, primarily cutting-to-size, edge finishing and decorating, of SCHOTT Robax® transparent glass-ceramic panels for wood, pellet, gas, and coal, stoves and fireplaces. AES, in turn, sells Robax® to stove manufacturers.

SCHOTT has supplied Robax® transparent glass-ceramics to AES for nearly 25 years.

AES foundeder Peter Albertson will remain as vice president of operations. Stefan Spengler, of SCHOTT's Home Tech business unit (Louisville, KY), will become vice president and general manager of the newly formed SCHOTT Applied Systems, LLC.

"We are taking every step we can to ensure that the transition will be seamless for our customers," Spengler said. "We are very excited about this acquisition, and we will grow this business by combining SCHOTT's vast glass and glass-ceramics know-how with Applied Energy System's value-added processes and systems."

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