Tubelite Expands Facility, Names Client Development Manager
Walker, MI - Tubelite Inc. has completed a 30,000-square-foot expansion at its facility in Walker, Michigan, The company has also named Michael Distefano as client development manager serving the market in western and central Pennsylvania.
Tubelite's Walker location includes the company's corporate office, fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations. The addition will utilize standardized work and assembly line techniques to improve overall quality and productivity.
With a focus on continuous improvement, the expansion included a re-layout of the production area to increase efficiency of door and frame units produced in Walker. "During the expansion, we were able to facilitate a number of improvements to the flow
of material and add capacity to support Tubelite's future growth," said Jason Meredith, Tubelite's Walker operations manager.
He continued, describing one of the notable benefits: "A one-piece flow line for our stock and modified door leafs, allows us to enhance overall quality for our customers, while improving ergonomics and other safety items for our employees, and
further supporting Tubelite's 'Dependable' brand promise."
Complementing Tubelite's Walker facility expansion in 2016, which added an engineering test lab, a fabrication training area and larger space for extrusion racking, the current operating space now encompasses a total of 180,000 square feet. The facility
in Reed City, Michigan, continues to house the company's aluminum extrusion operation and its Dallas location provides additional fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations.
Michael Distefano Appointment
Distefano reports directly to Tubelite regional sales manager, Jim Oberlin. They work closely with glazing contractors and architectural teams to provide assistance with storefront, curtainwall, entrances and daylight control systems.
Distefano started his career at McClure & McClure Inc. as a field installer and was promoted throughout the next two decades before landing the position of president of the company. He continued his career as the owner of JLNMDISTE LLC, a broker and
consulting firm, and most recently held the position of sales representative and estimator at W.A. Wilson Glass Plus in Wheeling, West Virginia.
About Tubelite Inc.
Tubelite offers curtainwall, entrance systems and other products. For more information, visit www.tubeliteinc.com.