Southwall Technologies gets listing on Nasdaq Capital Market, looks to expand facilities in Chicago

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

By Rosie Powers, managing editor

Southwall Technologies, a company that specializes in the manufacturing of high-performance and energy-efficient glass, has plans to establish a state-of-the-art facility in Chicago to aid in its global production process.

“(The factory) will be focused on automated production of insulated glass products,” said Bruce Lang, president of Southwall Technologies. “It will revolutionize manufacturing of insulated glass, making it affordable to the mainstream market.”

Lang said this 75,000-foot facility, which will be placed near Midway airport, will enable Southwall to expand from the niche commercial market to a broader residential and commercial market. The automation of the facility has allowed for a lowered cost in production, making the high-performance glass more accessible to Chicagoland homeowners.

“We’re seeing an appreciation and adoption of higher energy-efficient products, which had a broader acceptance in Europe five years ago, but has begun to trickle its way into the U.S.,” Lang said.

Southwall’s insulated glass technology, which utilizes a heat mirror to create a clear, weightless film that gets suspended between two units of glass, has revolutionized previous energy-efficient glass efforts while enabling higher energy conservation. By breaching the limited amount of codings that could fill the cavities of the glass, this weightless film has enabled higher energy savings while utilizing less physical space. Lang said that whereas before high-performance glass could yield a R-4 or R-5 rating, this new product can yield an R-20 rating, revolutionizing its energy savings for both residential and commercial uses.

Lang said Southwall’s listing on the Nasdaq Capital Market on April 28 not only demonstrates the company’s great financial success, but also a growing global awareness of energy-efficient product usage in building projects.

“It marks financial stability and greater demand while improving the energy efficiency of buildings,” he said. “But it also demonstrates a growing challenge for the industry, and a growing awareness for the product.”

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