Edgetech officially opens German plant
Edgetech I.G., a division of Quanex Building Products Corp., celebrated the official opening of its Heinsberg, Germany, manufacturing plant on May 19 with more than 150 guests, including local dignitaries, media, customers, suppliers and other industry representatives from around the globe. U.S. attendees included David Petratis, Quanex chairman, and Mike Hovan, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Quanex's Engineered Products group, according to a May 24 Window & Door report.
Quanex, Edgetech and local government officials at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
"The much-anticipated Heinsberg grand opening was an incredible success," Petratis said. "To walk among industry leaders from around the world and to see firsthand the excitement surrounding the new facility was inspiring. I look forward to watching the operation flourish and grow in the coming years."
"Super Spacer, and warm-edge technology in general, has been embraced by the increasingly energy-conscious marketplace in Europe," added Hovan, who served as Edgetech's president for 11 years. "The Heinsberg manufacturing plant comes at the perfect time when Edgetech anticipates 80 percent growth in the region this year alone. I would like to personally thank those who were able to help us mark this memorable occasion – the support we received from the industry and local community was overwhelming."
At the grand opening, Edgetech officials provided tours of the facility and unveiled plans for further expansion. According to Andy Jones, Edgetech's European managing director, the company will add two more extrusion lines by 2012 to accommodate the expected sales growth. "Continental Europe is a strategically important market for Edgetech and investing in Heinsberg, our third manufacturing facility, shows our commitment to achieving market leadership," Jones said.