This issue of Connections is very exciting for us as it is the first edition of our combined Kawneer/Traco newsletter. In each issue we strive to give you a look at the industry from our perspective and update you on new products, tools or information that can help drive growth for your business and ours.

When Alcoa acquired Traco in 2010, making it a part of the Alcoa Building and Construction Systems (BCS) business and a division of Kawneer, our vision was to provide an even broader range of products, services and support for our customers. This has involved leveraging Kawneer’s manufacturing strength across the organization and investing in our capabilities so that we can grow along with our customers. Today, we are realizing that vision with the recent announcement that Kawneer and Traco have combined product portfolios – offering you the complete range of products from both trusted brands and even more ways to enhance opportunities and bring forward endless possibilities.

Kawneer and Traco have nearly two centuries of experience providing innovative, high performing solutions that not only meet, but also often exceed customer needs and building code requirements. Since we began the integration process nearly two years ago, we have been working to extend our reach beyond what was possible as two separate companies through various key commercial activities, further fostering cross-selling and cross-promotional efforts.

2012 is already proving to be a year of possibilities. From combining the Kawneer and Traco product portfolios to the planned introductions of new and enhanced products and systems, we believe we are well positioned to achieve success – both for Kawneer and for our customers. As always, your communication is invaluable to us. It helps determine whether we are on point with meeting your needs. We encourage you to participate in our quarterly customer webinars, which provide a channel for two-way dialog throughout the course of the year. Through varied and ongoing communications efforts we seek feedback and work diligently to apply that input as we make the decisions we believe will help drive progress today and into the future.

Diana Perreiah

Vice President,
Alcoa Building and Construction Systems
General Manager,
Kawneer North America