Throughout the year we talk a great deal about leadership, both internally and externally. We constantly ask ourselves how we can continue to lead the industry, be it through the products and systems we develop or the services and solutions we provide customers to help grow their leadership positions. We challenge ourselves to be best-in-class and to not only meet, but also exceed, the industry’s standards, regulations and requirements. 

Innovation is one of the ways Kawneer and Traco continue to differentiate ourselves and lead the industry. We have a strong culture of innovation and as such, we are committed to developing cutting-edge products and solutions that are at the top of their categories. Product development is one way we explore leadership as we continue to expand our portfolio of high-performing, ultra thermal products.

In April we introduced our 1630 SS IR Curtain Wall, an impact resistant curtain wall system that addresses increasing design pressure requirements with high performance, larger spans and ease of installation.  And, we are pleased to introduce our new AA®5450 Series Window – the second in the OptiQ™ Ultra Thermal Window series – which continues to set the standard for brilliance in window design. Now available in single and double hung configurations, including a matching fixed option, OptiQ Ultra Thermal Windows deliver best-in-class thermal performance and offer more aesthetic choices for new and retrofit



construction. The new AA5450 Series Window leverages the groundbreaking design features and customization options found in the projecting and casement OptiQ™ Ultra Thermal Window, allowing it to not only maintain thermal continuity and reduce thermal transmission, but also help maintain interior comfort.

Beyond products and services, we strive to be leaders in our community. In 2011, Tropical Storm Lee brought heavy rainfall and historic flooding to Pennsylvania, resulting in extensive damage to the Bloomsburg community and Kawneer’s Bloomsburg facility, which employs approximately 395 people. Along with Alcoa, our response was immediate, developing a recovery plan and offering financial support to the community through the Alcoa Foundation. We also embarked on a nearly two-year journey to construct a floodwall at the facility to not only protect our plant and the surrounding area from future damage, but also provide our employees a safer, more stable place to work. The floodwall was a result of strong community partnerships, mutual investment and the patience and diligence of our Bloomsburg employees and customers throughout North America.

American scholar Warren Bennis said it best when he said, “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” The building industry is dedicated to turning vision into reality and we strive to carry this notion through our work, in and out of the office.