CINCINNATI - Omniglass Ltd., a major North American pultruder of window profiles, has bought a 31,000-square-foot building in its Winnipeg, Manitoba, hometown for a new headquarters plant. The company also revealed that last year it sold a license to Morrison Molded Fiber Glass Co. of Bristol, Va., to use Omniglass technology to pultrude windows.
The new Omniglass plant will house what the firm believes is the first paint line designed solely for pultruded, fiber-reinforced plastic windows. The company announced the purchase at the Feb. 5-7 SPI Composites Institute's show in Cincinnati.
The MMFG deal actually was done in May 1995, but was not disclosed until now, said Jeff Martin, vice president of North American licensing for Omniglass, interviewed in Cincinnati. Omniglass has licensed its technology to pultrude profiles with complex shapes with thin walls to firms worldwide. Although FRP components have made inroads in the U.S. window and door market, windows with full FRP frames are relatively rare.
MMFGd will pultrude the window profiles at its AFC Divisionin Chatfield, Minn. MMFG will supply the profiles to an unidentified window manufacturer.
``We felt that this technology was necessary for us to enter into the fenestration field,'' said Bob Cheney, general manager of the AFC Division.
He declined to identify the customer or say how many pultrusion lines are dedicated to the windows.
Also in Cincinnati, Laurie Davies, president and chief executive of Omniglass, announced a licensing deal with Scandinavian Tuff Traders AB of Danderyd, Sweden, which acquired technology from Omniglass for plants in India and Pakistan. Production should begin by December 1997. Davies also said that Omniglass has a deal pending with Wright & Offland Ltd. of Roundthorn, England, near Manchester.
Omniglass also is talking with firms in France, China, Australia, Poland, Russia and Brazil, according to Davies.
Also at the Composites Institute show, Davies announced that Martin, a Hudson, Ohio, pultrusion consultant, has purchased an interest in Omniglass. Martin has become a director.