Fiberglass door maker Therma-Tru Corp. has opened an advanced technology facility in Edgerton, Ohio. The Maumee, Ohio-based firm announced the move during the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas.
The center will help the company ``accelerate [its] growth in the composites side of the business,'' said Bob Doyle, senior vice president and general manager of residential door systems. ``All the research work will be done there for our company.''
The 38,000-square-foot site will be home to 20 scientists, engineers, technicians, operations personnel and venture managers, officials said. The facility will handle development from concept to advanced engineering pilot production. The site also will be home to TT Technologies, a subsidiary of Therma-Tru that manages its 50 patents and 80 trademarks.
The company wants to use the center to shorten the development cycle and leverage proprietary technology, said Carl Hedlund, chief executive officer.
Officials said there are no immediate plans to expand any manufacturing facilities. Therma-Tru operates 1.5 million square feet of manufacturing space at sites in Butler, Ind.; Roland, Okla.; Wilmington, N.C.; Phoenix; Fredericksburg, Va.; and Matamoros, Mexico. The company was founded in 1962 and is owned by Fortune Brands Inc., a publicly held consumer products firm in Lincolnshire, Ill.