Cleer Vision Windows Inc., an Elkhart, Ind.-based window supplier, has announced the formation of a new glass tempering partnership.
The new entity, Santelli Tempered Glass Elkhart, is a highly automated state-of-the-art glass facility that will promote delivery of tempered glass within a very short lead time, according to a news release.
“The automation built into this plant allows us to meet the declining lead times and ever-growing needs of our expanding customer base,” said Rick Collins, the company’s president.
“Our partnership with the Santelli group was extremely timely and made a lot of sense for everyone involved,” explained Collins, “It’s a natural fit for our business that adds a critical piece to the vertical integration of Cleer Vision while also opening up a breadth of additional market opportunities.”
The company currently employs 13 people and will look to grow to about 30 by the end of the year.
“We use a special technique to eliminate excessive labor and have very limited ‘touch points’ of the glass during the fabrication process. This technique and associated machinery is running very successfully at two of Santelli’s other facilities,” said Joseph Santelli, partner. “We will continue to focus on making sure our processes are the most efficient in the industry. There are always companies out there that build equipment to make your systems go faster. We must stay ahead of the tempering glass equipment development to continue to raise the bar in terms of both quality and production efficiencies.”
Collins added, “We have built an outstanding team, installed the latest automated equipment in a beautiful continuous-flow lean layout and already are seeing growth opportunities pushing the operation forward at a rapid pace. The sign of a good partnership is when both parties have tremendous upside potential and we have created that environment here at Santelli Elkhart.”
For more information about Cleer Vision Windows, visit www.cleervision.com.