The strategically located division will provide sales and project management for the area north of Orlando through southern Georgia.
It also will allow Trainor to take advantage of its state-of-the-art southern Florida and Virginia manufacturing plants, according to a Jan. 18 release. The new division will manage two key projects in Jacksonville: The University of North Florida Science and Humanities Building and Wolfson Children's Hospital Adult Tower.
Trainor will provide a curtain-wall system using Crystal Gray insulating glass with SN 68 low-E coating for the University of North Florida Science and Humanities Building, and an impact unitized curtain-wall system with Viracon’s 9/16-inch impact-resistant glass for the Wolfson Children's Hospital Adult Tower.
"We are fortunate to earn these jobs from great customers in this tough economy,” said Bob Trainor, CEO, Trainor Glass Co., in an interview. “They enable us to showcase our products and team.
This Jacksonville location will allow us to better serve the north Florida market and will also help us to further utilize our strong Florida manufacturing operations."
Trainor's Florida plant features more than 90,000 square feet of manufacturing space; the Virginia facility occupies more than 100,000 square feet.
"Each plant has multiple computerized saw stations as well as multiple, automated SBZ CNC machines used for precision fabrication and processing,” said Brian Clark, senior executive vice president, Southeast/Southwest regional manager, in an interview.
“Each CNC can perform 3-axis and 5-axis processing, milling, notching, and precision steel and aluminum work with shear and brake capability on custom aluminum panels.” The plants feature a 240-foot Erdman glazing line with hand-assist structural sealant application; Elumatec compound, dual-head miter saws with 30-foot capacities; organized distribution centers to handle multiple projects; and 50,000-foot concrete storage pads. Both plants utilize multiple overhead cranes for handling materials and ease of loading.
The new Jacksonville division will be led by Division Manager Lee Baggs, who has more than 10 years of experience in the glass industry. Kyle Gaskill will be assistant project manager. Keith Westwood will head up sales and business development for northern Florida, and Rudi Prusa will focus on sales and business development for the central and southern part of the state.
“The current staff at the Jacksonville office is modest, with team members rotating in from the southern Florida and Virginia plants as needed, keeping our costs down.
As additional projects are added, we will staff accordingly" said Tom Trainor, president, Trainor Glass Co., in an interview.