Thermal Industries Inc. of Pittsburgh has added two new branches to its distribution network that spans across the eastern United States to the Mississippi River.
President David Rascoe said the company's new Detroit location ``fills a hole'' in the network, bringing customer service to a market the company has served through its Cleveland and Chicago offices.
Meanwhile, its Florida branch is dedicated to the company's marine-products customers. Marine products include deck and boat dock systems, dune walkovers and walkways that border waterfronts and commercial properties, he said.
The Lakeland, Fla., office is the first Thermal location dedicated to a specific type of product, he said.
``We're pushing our docks and total walking surfaces.''
Materials for the marine products, as well as the company's vinyl windows, doors and patio enclosures, are extruded at Vinylium Corp., a wholly owned Thermal subsidiary in Pittsburgh with 13 extrusion lines.
Thermal's primary market is the home-improvement remodeler/contractor, Rascoe said, although marine products are catching on well. He said the company just landed a large contract with Cedar Point Marina in Sandusky, Ohio, to install 150,000 lineal feet — the equivalent of 30 miles — of vinyl at the theme park's marina.
``It's a big regional project; they are looking to build a world-class marina,'' he said.
The company is providing porch railings and other products to builders in Celebration, Fla., an entire town being built by Disney Co. at a rate of about 1,000-1,200 dwellings per year, Rascoe said.