Technoform to Open First North American Production Facility

Technoform has announced that it has finalized a lease agreement for its first North American production facility. The company will manufacture and distribute its high-performance I-Spacer™ and I-Strut™ in 54,000 square feet of existing space located in Twinsburg, Ohio. The facility is located about 25 miles from both Cleveland and Akron. Technoform will begin to install manufacturing equipment early this year and plans to initiate production for North American orders in May.

Terms of the 10-year lease, which became effective January 1, are not being disclosed.

According to Mark Silverberg, president of Technoform's North American division, the Twinsburg site satisfied all of the company's selection criteria.

"Ideally, we wanted our first production facility to be located near the large concentration of window manufacturers in this region and accessible to major highways for ease of distribution," Silverberg said. "We also sought close proximity to major polymer and engineering universities in Cleveland and Akron for assistance in developing new technologies. High demand for our products requires production in North America, and we needed to initiate that production as soon as possible, so we focused on identifying newer buildings that could be occupied fairly quickly."

Initially, both I-Spacer and I-Strut will be produced at the Twinsburg facility; however, the company plans to add facilities in Tennessee in the near future dedicated to producing I-Strut.

Technoform entered the North American market in 2004 and, until now, shipped products to North American customers from plants in Europe and Asia.

"We are an established company with eight plants that is new to North America," added Silverberg. "We believe that manufacturing I-Spacer and I-Strut here will enable us to offer current and future North American customers greater value and better service than ever before."

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