Throughout my nearly 35-year career with Kawneer I have seen the market rise and fall; each time bringing a new set of challenges and successes. Although we continue to face challenges, Kawneer looks to the future with optimism, and is constantly working to aggressively grow our market presence. Because of the focus and dedication of the team at Kawneer, we have been able to develop innovative new products and solutions and it is through these developments that we maintain our role as an industry leader.

Recently, Kawneer made some exciting changes that will provide our customers with tremendous opportunities. We recently announced a strategic partnership with Forster Profile Systems, a world leader in the design and manufacturing of steel framing systems. Through this partnership we will distribute Forster’s framing systems exclusively through our customer network. The strength of steel allows us to provide a solution for monumental elevations beyond the capability of aluminum. We are the first supplier in North America to offer a complete range of both aluminum and steel glazing solutions. With our expanded capabilities, the ideas and designs can be bigger, and the possibilities endless.

Further benefiting customers is the significant investment we are making to upgrade and expand capabilities at our service centers. We’ve upgraded our Austell, Georgia service center in order to provide customers with a broader range of resources, as well as increased production, storage and inventory, resulting in shorter lead times and enhanced quality. We have also made a significant investment in the Central and Eastern Canadian markets by combining our current Scarborough facility and Mississauga service center into one new and expanded Fabrication Center for the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). In addition, we are adding fabrication capabilities to our Montreal Service Center and are investing in state-of-the-art fabrication equipment and technology at both locations. These significant investments at our service centers will give us flexibility to better meet market demands while remaining cost competitive.

I have said before that one of the best assets we have as an organization is the incredible customer base that has supported us for more than 100 years. We know what our future challenges are and we are confident in the abilities of our employees, customers and leaders to execute in the headwind. We look forward to your continued support and to hearing from you more throughout the year.

Bob Leyland
Vice President, Commercial Operations