G-U Consolidating Distribution into Montreal

April 1, 2009

G-U Hardware Inc. plans to consolidate its United States distribution operation in Newport News, Va., into its Canadian division located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The supplier of door and window hardware will maintain sales offices in both Newport News as well as in Medford, Wis.

“Our Newport News facility has worked out very nicely for us since we opened here in 1987," says Yvon Soucy, general manager. "The fact is that our Montreal facility has enough capacity to easily provide service to all of our customers throughout North America. The Montreal facility also provides manufacturing capabilities helping us with shorter lead times for delivery. It’s basically a logistics decision that benefits our customers.”

“For our customers the only change they will see is the warehouse location that their orders will be shipped from," adds Kevin O'Connor, national sales manager. "Customer Service, technical support and sales will all continue to be serviced from the U.S. Invoices, orders, and company contacts will also continue to be located in the U.S. These changes are very positive ones for us during a time when taking care of the customer is so important.”

The company expects the consolidation to be complete within 90 days.

G-U Hardware is a division of Gretsch-Unitas Group of Stuttgart, Germany. More than 100 years old, the company suppliers a range of window and door hardware, including casement and tilt/turn systems, multipoint locks, lift/slide and folding door hardware and a variety of electronic products for commercial applications.