Arch Corporate Headquarters Dealing with Effects of Wilma

Arch Aluminum & Glass Co., Inc. is dealing with the effects of Hurricane Wilma.

"From a pure structural standpoint Florida has done the right thing in its building codes and that was proven after this storm, but the big problems are with the essentials, power, phone, water- they all failed…" said Leon Silverstein, President & CEO of Arch Aluminum & Glass.

Arch Aluminum & Glass headquarters, IMPACT laminated plant, and Extrusion plants are currently closed because of the lack of power. As soon as power is restored to those plants, they will re-open. The other nationwide Arch Aluminum & Glass branch locations are in an autonomous mode. Suppliers that normally deal direct with corporate can communicate now directly with the branch.

After Hurricane Andrew struck in 1992, Arch Aluminum & Glass was one of the first company's to receive important county approval (NOA's) on its complete Glass and Aluminum Hurricane Impact systems.

"Those systems came through this storm well. They proved their worth, but the rest of the infrastructure now needs to be examined. What good is a solid building and structure if you can't supply it with power, water or phone service?" Silverstein commented.

If power is not restored to Tamarac by Monday, the management of Arch Aluminum & Glass will set up a satellite branch to be able to communicate with its customers, branches, and suppliers nationwide. The company would also like to thank its valued customers and suppliers for its well wishes during this time and asks for their continued patience going forward.

"We weathered Andrew in '92 and a few others before this one, so once we get power back we'll get back at it and do what we do best-taking care of our customers" Silverstein said.


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