TRACO Sells Residential Window Business to Company Founded
by Former Owner of Republic
TRACO has sold its residential vinyl replacement division to Echo Windows
LLC, a company founded in November 2008 by former Republic Windows owner
Rich Gillman. Echo Windows will assume all TRACO residential vinyl manufacturing
and sales operations, and will continue manufacturing TRACO's Sienna Series
and Power Two composite vinyl/aluminum windows in the Red Oak, Iowa, facility,
which was purchased as part of the agreement.
"The decision to sell our vinyl division was a difficult one for
us, as TRACO was founded by my parents in 1943 to service the residential
market. But, we are certain that we have chosen the best fit for our long-term
residential customers," says Robert P. Randall, president and chief
executive officer of TRACO.
Randall adds, "We felt that the timing was right for a more streamlined
corporate strategy, concentrating on the heavy commercial side of our
business, which has grown dramatically since the 1980s, and the vinyl
division belonged where it would receive the primary attention it deserves."
Echo Windows was incorporated on November 18, 2008, in the state of Illinois,
according to state records. Former Republic vice president of sales and
marketing for Republic, Amy Zimmerman, is listed as the registered contact
though to date the site appears to be under construction.
Repeated attempts to reach both Gillman and Zimmerman have been unsuccessful.
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