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McGrory Glass partners with Forster to offer exceptional fire rated steel framing systems

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McGrory Glass partners with Forster to offer exceptional fire rated steel framing systems

McGrory Glass, one of the nation’s largest family-owned architectural glass companies, will now offer Forster’s line of fire rated durable steel framing systems, alongside its existing line of fire rated glazing systems and butt glazing. at the end. A single-source, cross-industry solutions provider, McGrory Glass combines innovative systems and comprehensive architectural capabilities with high-quality performance and life safety products.

World leader in framing systems with 150 years of experience, Forster passionately develops high-quality steel profile systems for energy-efficient doors, windows and facades. Proudly made in Switzerland, approximately 1,860 miles (3,000 kilometers) of steel sections are manufactured each year in Arbon’s 150,000 sq. ft. (14,000 sq. m.) production area and shipped worldwide.

“We are honored to partner with Forster. Their values ​​align closely with ours: respect for others, innovation, passion and excellent customer service,” said CEO and President Chris McGrory. “As a solar-powered company, we are also strongly committed to protecting the environment and admire Forster’s commitment to conserving natural resources and reducing its ecological footprint throughout the supply chain. ‘supply.”

Forster’s parent company, Reynaers Group, is active in more than 70 countries worldwide. They are a leading specialist in the development, distribution and marketing of innovative and sustainable architectural applications in aluminum and steel. “Together for Better” is the motto of the Reynaers group and reflects the identity of this Belgian family business.

“During contract negotiations, we felt that this partnership between the two-family businesses would become a success. There was a lot of positive energy and commitment on both sides. We are happy to have found in McGrory a forward-looking partner. future with which we can increase the availability of our innovative steel systems in this market,” said Willi Lüchinger, CEO of the Forster Group.

Forster offers durable and energy efficient steel solutions for interior and exterior doors, windows and curtain walls. Their framing systems make buildings safe, attractive and comfortable for the people who live and work there.

“North America is an important market for Forster and we believe that the partnership with McGrory will contribute significantly to our success. The McGrory family and their team have impressed me with their great enthusiasm and passion for our joint product offering,” said Angelo Azzolina, International Sales Manager at Forster Profile Systems Ltd.

McGrory will now offer fully fire rated glass assembly systems and fire doors that allow design freedom, while simultaneously meeting stringent building code requirements. Profiled steel tubes are an optimal construction element for doors, windows and curtain walls for structural reasons. Forster can produce large surface elements with extremely narrow face widths in steel, which is often not possible with other materials.

“Everyone at Forster is delighted with this new partnership,” said Arndt Broecker, Sales Manager North America at Forster Profile Systems Ltd. “The collaboration between McGrory and Forster gives customers access to an exceptionally innovative product offering. McGrory’s technical glass expertise and Forster’s full range of steels will enable designs that are durable, safe and energy efficient. Sleek frames combined with large glass sizes allow for more natural light inside buildings without compromising safety or style. We are particularly excited about the ability to combine various security applications such as fire protection, school security and bullet resistance. »

“We are delighted to announce our partnership with Forster Profile Systems,” said Ben Haigh, Fire Division Manager at McGrory Glass. “Their narrow profile framing is a perfect complement to our fire rated glazing options, allowing us to provide true system solutions with the best possible clarity and slim sight lines.”

On the design side, the steel profile systems offer sleek, slim constructions that support impressively large panes of glass, letting in abundant amounts of daylight and providing superior sightlines. Steel is an avant-garde material that combines elegance, resistance and timelessness.

“Steel profile systems offer incredible lasting benefits beyond safety, stability and durability,” says Haigh. “The strong but narrow frame requires less material. Steel systems are also ideal for projects requiring high stress levels or constant use. With steel, there is no need to treat the surface, reducing maintenance time and costs. Then, at the end of the product’s life cycle, the steel elements can be 100% recycled and reused.

McGrory Glass is proud to offer our North American customers the following Forster fire rated steel frames:

  • forster presto: Fire rated framing systems with superior sight lines for protective applications such as doors, windows and walls. Fire resistant for 20 to 90 minutes, this rigorously tested, UL/Intertek listed and labeled complete profile system is designed for recessed single and double sash doors, windows and glazed enclosures. forster presto is available with the fireproof glass ceramic SCHOTT PYRAN® Platinum from McGrory Glass and the fire-retardant safety glass AGC Pyrobel® from McGrory Glass.
  • forster fuego light: Fire rated framing systems with superior sight lines for heat resistant applications such as doors, windows and walls. Fire rated for 60 to 120 minutes, this rigorously tested, UL/Intertek listed and labeled complete profile system is designed for recessed single and double sash doors, windows and glazed enclosures. forster fuego light is available with AGC Pyrobel® fireproof safety glass from McGrory Glass.
  • forster thermfix vario: Fire rated stud systems with narrow facing widths for a wide range of heat barrier applications including interior/exterior curtain walls with security options. Fire rated for 60-120 minutes, this rigorously tested, UL/Intertek listed and labeled complete profile system is designed for interior/exterior multi-story curtain walls and is based on proven mullion/transom construction. Framing with very narrow facing widths from 45 mm enables a wide range of applications, including security. Superior sightlines provide multi-story glass walls with maximum natural lighting. forster thermfix vario is available with AGC Pyrobel® fire-resistant safety glass from McGrory Glass.

About McGrory Glass

Founded in 1984, McGrory Glass is still a family business after more than three decades of growth. With three facilities covering over 200,000 square feet, the management team is committed to the environment and sustainability. The 2.2 acre solar panel roof of the main warehouse helped McGrory be recognized as one of the first major glass manufacturing companies to achieve net zero energy consumption. The company offers complete architectural and life safety glass solutions, including the patented CaptiveHook® Glass Wall, Seismic and Ceiling mounting system, as well as an in-house printing division specializing in innovative structural interlayers and decorative films personalized.

To learn more, please visit: https://mcgrory.com/

About Forster

At Forster, our hearts beat for steel; steel is our passion because it combines elegance and strength, durability and timelessness like almost no other material.

We hold steel in our hands every day. We are steel experts; we know its benefits and are excited about the possibilities that steel construction opens up today and in the future.

The demands on buildings have not diminished: the technical and social developments that have brought us to digitization, drive urbanization and demographic changes, change our working behaviors and continue to shape awareness of an ecological way of life as well as health and safety aspects. They all influence the design of our spatial environment, which must be implemented in an architecture that is both functional and visually appealing.

This is exactly where Forster comes in. For us, building with steel means building for life: building to serve the diverse needs of people and future generations as well as building with respect for the environment and natural resources.

To find out more, go to: https://www.forster-profile.ch/gb-en/

About the Reynaers Group

“Together for Better” is the motto of the Reynaers group and reflects the identity of this Belgian family business. Driven by innovation and entrepreneurship, the international group always focuses on partners to achieve sustainable growth together.

The Reynaers group, active in more than 70 countries around the world, is a leading specialist in the development, distribution and marketing of innovative and sustainable architectural applications in aluminum and steel.

To find out more, visit: https://company.reynaers.com/reynaers-group