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Commercial | TRACO Looking Through to Quality »TRACO windows are found on historical structures such as the Empire State Building. TRACO IS READY TO ADD MORE TO ITS PORTFOLIO WITH ITS NEW PRODUCT LINE. BY LUKE GILLESPIE amily owned and operated since its inception, TRACO has been a leader in the manufacturing of commercial and architectural windows and doors for 66 years. President Bob Randall credits the company’s longevity to its ability to build a team of dedicated members who feel as close as a family. “There’s a core high-level of competency that has developed over the years in the employees that plays well in the marketplace from a competitive standpoint,” he says. TRACO is flexible in its ability to handle several different sizes of orders, from $5,000 to $15 million. “We treat all the orders the same regardless of the size,” Randall explains. To handle this assortment of orders, TRACO partners with a network of certified commercial dealers — the TRACO alliance dealers — throughout the United States to sell and install its products. He says the company shares with its dealers mutual goals and a demonstrated level of quality service that exceeds industry requirements. The company says the partnership brings a high level of experience and skills to every project. Randall explains that several of the alliance dealers are second and third generation members who know the company and its products backward and forward. “Our role is to support them from a sales, marketing and technical standpoint,” he says. “We generate relationships with key buying influences, research job opportunities and bring these to the dealer. We stay with them the whole way in terms of completing the deals.” TRACO www.traco.com • Headquarters: Cranberry Township, Pa. • Employees: 1,500 • Service: Custom-designed window and door manufacturer “Creating a satisfied customer is the name of our game.” –Bob Randall, president Next Generation According to Randall, TRACO is continuously researching and benchmarking new products. Randall says gathering client feedback and general intelligence to create a better market strategy is an ongoing process for the company, as well. “We try to strategize and get the crystal ball out and look in to the future in terms of trends,” he says. Recently, TRACO developed a new family of products called NexGen™. Randall says NexGen products use leading-edge technology that provides the most energy-efficient glass and frame insulating products in the industry today. In addition, he says the u-values for NexGen windows are comparable to wood, meaning it has a greater resistance to heat flow. “You now can have the structural strength of aluminum material in a window system with superior energy efficiency values not available before in an aluminum unit,” he adds. Also, he believes the technology created for NexGen provides products with the inherent ability to perform year after year, and states that no aluminum window has ever met such high standards of performance and quality. The NexGen energy spacer™ is a warm edge glass spacer system that is non-metallic and provides high-performance heat insulation. The NexGen thermal barrier system™ is a thermal break built of glass-reinforced nylon 6/6 that the company says provides superior strength and structural integrity. The material is extruded into a shape that joins two separate CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM DECEMBER 2009
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Product Showcase: Hand Tools
F&R Construction Group Inc.
Suffolk Construction: Met 2
Weitz Co.: Solaris at Crossroads
Chance Construction Co.
Allied Building Products Corp.
Bird Construction Co. Inc.: Condado Vanderbilt Hotel
Broccolini Construction Inc.: EDC Headquarters
CJ Pink Ltd.
Cobra Corporate Management Inc.
DDRM: The St. Regis Deer Crest Resort
T.N. Ward Co.
EllisDon: North Park Quad Pad Arena
Blumenfeld Development Group & Forrest City Ratner – East River Plaza
Clark Construction: Michigan International Speedway
Morton Buildings Inc.
Triangle Associates Inc.: The Gallery on Fulton
Vogel Bros. Building Co.
Walsh Construction: Mercy Corps.
Wasatch Advantage Group: San Tropez
John W. Danforth Co.
Shore Environmental LLC
American Civil Constructors Inc.
Archer Western: I-75/I-475 Reconstruction
Cleland Site Prep Inc.
Delaware DOT: Indian River Inlet Bridge
Goodfellow Bros. Inc.
International Construction Equipment Inc.
Kiewit Pacific Co.: SR 519 – Seattle Intermodal Access Project
Plaza Construction Corp.
B. Gottardo Construction Ltd.
Bergmann Associates: Walkway Over The Hudson
Craig Olden Inc.
G.M. Sipes Construction Inc.
Idaho Sand & Gravel Co.: Ten- Mile Interchange
Malcom Drilling Co. Inc.
Mid Eastern Buildings Inc.: Southampton Wastewater Treatment Plant
Minnesota Department of Transportation: I35W Crosstown/ Urban Partnership
Nicholson Construction Co.
Papich Construction Co. Inc.: Route 46 Expansion Project
Tilcon New York Inc.: Interstate
Tyam Excavation and Shoring Ltd.
W.C. English Inc.: U.S. 321
West Electric Corp.
Turner Construction Co.: Eastern High School
Gafcon Inc.: Carlsbad High School Modernization Project
DASNY: Gouverneur Healthcare Services
Stuart Olson: University of Lethbridge Markin Hall
University of Houston Student Housing
HDR Architecture Inc.
Marshall-Lee Construction Corp.
RA-LIN & Associates
Suffolk Construction: Boston Renaissance Charter School
Suffolk Construction: FIU School of International and Public Affairs
Tower Construction: Huntington Memorial Hospital expansion
Absher Construction Co.: Chief Sealth High School and Denny International Middle School
Casey Middle School
Cedar Ridge High School
Clark: Lowell Reception Center
Gilbane/Banks Joint Venture: Coppin State University
Hensel Phelps Construction Co.: FORSCOM/USARC New Headquarters
Shaw Construction: Mesa State College Student Center
Shiel Sexton: Butler University
SpawGlass Contractors Inc.: Austin Community College Rio Grande Campus Parking Garage
Stuart Olson: New Edmonton Remand Centre
The Christman Co.
Turner Construction Co
Weddle Construction Ltd.
Kite Realty Group Trust: Eddy Street Commons at NotreDame
Last Look: DANSY
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