In 1958, John Linder started a regional aluminum extrusion and architectural products supply company in Southern California under the name of United States Aluminum. The founding of the company came as a progression from Linder's previous venture, Rigid Metals.
During the same time period Cornelius C. Vanderstar started the Louver King Company in 1957 to manufacture aluminum jalousie windows out of an old 2500 square foot garage in the suburbs of Los Angeles. By the end of 1958, the Louver King Company had grown their sales and into a 12,000 square foot building. A sliding window among other products were added to the product offerings in 1959 to diversify the company's position. 1960 saw another move to a larger 20,000 square foot facility. In 1962 the Louver King Company bought an extrusion press to establish a consistent supply chain.
In 1964 Cornelius Vanderstar approached John Linder of United States Aluminum to sell some of his excess extrusion capacity, and wound up on the purchasing end as he purchased United States Aluminum Corporation. Linder stayed on with the company as a manager to help Vanderstar learn the intricacies of the business.
United States Aluminum continued to grow with Vanderstar's acquisition. In 1977 United States Aluminum bought a Dallas-based storefront and entrance fabricator, Texline Aluminum Products Co. The Dallas manufacturing facility was soon moved just South of Dallas to the town of Waxahachie, Texas. Over time, the Waxahachie complex has grown into United States Aluminum's headquarters, with an International Extrusion plant and RACO Interior Products facility at the same location. Soon after in 1978, they purchased Armesco in Chicago, which gave the company a base to work into the North Eastern United States. In 1985 a new manufacturing facility was opened in Rock Hill, South Carolina to service the South East. 1996 saw the acquisition of Orca Architectural Products in Langley, British Columbia, Canada, setting the stage for United States Aluminum to become an international products supplier.
In July of 2011 C.R. Laurence Co., Inc. (CRL) Announces Acquisition of U.S. Aluminum Company (USAL)
C.R. Laurence Co., Inc. (CRL), a leading global supplier to the glazing, railing, architectural, construction, industrial, and automotive industries, is pleased to announce the acquisition of U.S. Aluminum Company, formerly a part of the International Aluminum Group.
In making the announcement, Lloyd Talbert, President of C.R. Laurence, states, “We are very pleased to announce the acquisition of the assets and business of U.S. Aluminum, one of the most respected names in the storefront and curtain wall business. Our plan is to contact customers and vendors of U.S. Aluminum, as well as many of their former employees, to re‐establish relationships. We wish to assure those U.S. Aluminum clients who have jobs in progress that we will immediately assess the status of their orders and expedite their completion and delivery. We’re confident that we can restore the U.S. Aluminum brand to its former luster. We also appreciate the support and encouragement we have received from many C.R. Laurence customers during this process.”
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