International Window Back in Business

August 1, 2011

Acquiring the assets from bankruptcy court, Universal Molding Extrusion Co. has re-opened International Window Corp. The new owners have brought back much of the aluminum and vinyl window and door manufacturer’s management team and former employees, and the company is now taking orders and shipping product from its operations in Hayward and South Gate, Calif.

Universal Molding Extrusion, also known as Umex, is based in Downey, Calif. It owns several successful companies, including Vi-Cal Screens, California Custom Shapes, Anaheim Extrusion, and Bay Extrusion, reports Lori Bargeron, International Window’s sales manager. Although new to the window manufacturing business, Umex officials “see a very successful future in the window industry for International Window,” she notes.

The window manufacturer closed in May when its parent, International Architectural Group, filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy. Umex first became interested in purchasing those assets because they included International’s aluminum extrusion operations in Texas, as well as Raco, a producer of extruded aluminum interior products and the window operations. The assets also included U.S. Aluminum, a supplier of commercial windows, curtain wall and storefront products. Those have been acquired and re-opened by C.R. Laurence Co. Inc.

At International Window, the new owners “are relying on the extensive experience of several former employees to re-form a successful organization,” Bargeron states. “Rick Johnson has returned as general manager in Northern California, and Larry McConnell has returned as general manager in Southern California. I have returned as sales manager,” she continues. “Plant managers Edgar Gamboa and Lon Kransky, engineering manager Larry Hammill and purchasing manager Janee Yeh have all returned, as well as several factory and office personnel. The combined years of experience here is astounding and we're all looking forward to making our new company a success.”

International Window had closed a Phoenix plant prior to bankruptcy. There are no plans to re-open that operation, but the company is serving the same markets it did before—Northern and Southern California, Oregon, Hawaii, Arizona and Nevada, Bargeron reports. “We are in talks with a distributor for New Mexico and Texas,” she adds.

“We will offer the same product lines with new additions being developed,” she continues. An in-house paint line will allow it to offer custom color aluminum products with short lead-times and competitive pricing. The new owners, she notes, are also moving forward with a new vinyl window line with superior features that was under development when the company was closed.

“The primary goals of our team are to bring back as many former employees as we can, manufacture high quality products at a fair price and to have the ability to create the destiny of this company so that customers and employees alike can enjoy the successes that were created over 53 years ago,” Bargeron concludes.