Company's New Commercial Line Ideal for Public Projects
VENICE, FL, June 12, 2007 – Helping to rebuild a stronger and safer Louisiana, PGT has partnered with local businesses, LaPlace Glass Works and DeGeorge Glass, to provide new windows with hurricane protection for two public schools in Terrebonne Parish damaged during Hurricane Katrina. The destruction that followed Katrina sent 90 percent or 600,000 of Louisiana's enrolled students out of the city. Parents are enrolling students at a rate of about 100 per week with at least 36,000 expected by fall at the peak of hurricane season.
"We are tremendously proud to be part of this rebuilding effort," said Rod Hershebergeer, PGT President and Chief Executive Officer. "t's a top priority for the Louisiana community to get their schools up and running, but they also realize it is important to make sure the schools are safe." According to industry experts, rebuilding homes or businesses after a disaster is the right time to incorporate techniques to prevent future disaster damages. Bothe Lacache Middle School in Chauvin and Schriever Elementary School in Schriever will be retrofitted with PGT® Architectural Systems Series 3000 with impact-resistant glass The 2007 Atlantic Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30. The NOAA Climate Prediction Center has stated there is a 75 percent chance that the season will be above normal and has forecasted 13 to 17 named storms, seven to 10 hurricanes and three to five major hurricanes to make landfall. "School board members and Merlin Lirette of Merlin Group Ltd are to be commended for taking preemptive measures to protect the lives of students and reduce the loss of property," said Harold DeGruy, President, LaPlace Glass Works. "By outfitting the schools with impact-resistant glass, you significantly reduce the chance of the roof blowing off during a caststrophic evnt, which would result in lose of school facilities. With the addition of opening protection you increase the structural integrity of the building; the schools also are better equipped to serve as community shelters during hazardous weather events, " according to Lynda F. Williams, PGT's Public Relations Manager.
The impact-resistant laminated glass. A special silicone glazing process helps keep the glass from breaking away from the frame. Laminated glass is constructed by bonding a tough polyvinylbutyral (PVB) interlayer between two pieces of glass under heat and pressure. Once sealed, the glass "sandwich" behaves as a single unit and is transparent, like ordinary glass PGT's custom made impact-resistant products include PGT Architectural Systems Series 3000 with impact-resistant glass for high-rise and commercial buildings, and WinGuard® Impact-Resistant Windows and Doors, the nations's best selling brand of residential, impact-resistant products.
PGT also has partnered with Norandex to renovate the luxury apartment complex, Esplanade at City Park. The Esplanade is located near the heart of downtown New Orleans, overlookin the St. John Bayou and experienced moderate damage due to Hurricane Katrina. In an effort to meet the strict guidelines in the 2006 IBC, the Esplanade at City Park will be replacing 1,600 windows with PGT's WinGuard® with vinyl frames.
"We understand from experience the challenges communities face during a recovery process, said Hershberger. "We went through it during Hurricane Andrew and again with Hurricane Charley when more than half of our employees were severely impacted. It's a constant leaarning process and the key is collaborative partnerships."
PGT® pioneered the U.S. impact-resistant window and door industry and today is the nation's leading manufacturer and supplier of residential impact-resistant windows and doors. PGT is also one of the largest window and door manufactureres in the United States. In its 26th year, the company employs approximately 2,300 at its manufacturing, glass laminating and tempering plants, and delivery fleet facilities in Florida and North Carolina. Sold through a network of over 1,300 independent distributors, the company's total line of custom windows and doors is now available throughout the eastern United States, the Gulf Coast and in a growning international market, which includes athe Caribbean, South America and Australia. PGT's product line includes PGT® Aluminum and Viny Windows and Doors; WinGuard® Impact-Resistant Windows and Doors; PGT® Architectural Systems; and Eze-Breeze® Sliding Panels. PGT Industries is a wholly owned subsidiary of PGT, Inc. (NASDAQ:PGTI). For additional product information contact Bill Hughes, Regional Manager, at 850-294=9943 or visit pgtindustries.com.