Frameless Hardware purchased Columbia’s inventory, fabrication equipment and product designs for entrance doors, storefront and curtain wall systems.
Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Columbia manufactures commercial building components and materials, such as storefronts, curtain walls, entrances as well as windows, insulating and decorative glass.
The deal marks Frameless Hardware’s entry into the commercial aluminum storefront market, according to the company, and will complement the recent launch of FHC’s Aluminum brand.
“Architectural aluminum has long been the next logical addition to FHC’s product offering,” FHC President and Chief Executive Chris Hanstad said in a statement.
FHC supplies glass entrance doors, door controls, frameless shower hardware, architectural railings, transaction windows, glazing tools and supplies, and aluminum entrances, storefront and curtain wall systems.
Columbia was a subsidiary of Consolidated Glass Holdings Inc. in New Jersey. The parent company decided to wind down or sell Columbia’s operations because its lease at a facility in Rockwall, Texas, was ending.
“With a lease terminating and the cost of moving high-end glass fabrication equipment looming, CGH decided it was prudent to ... liquidate the operation unless a buyer can be found,” the company said in a February statement.
Columbia’s window product line was acquired by Vernon-based Arcadia Inc. in a separate transaction, according to Glass Magazine, a Virginia-based trade publication.
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