Caldwell Adds Unique Balance Operations
Balance producer Caldwell Manufacturing Co. reports that Caldwell Hardware Co. LLC has acquired and will be producing, selling and servicing product lines that were previously sold under the Unique Balance name. With the court-approved purchase, Rochester, N.Y.-based Caldwell plans to re-start production at Unique's West Virginia location.
"The acquisition will enable us to expand our product line beyond window balance applications," reports John Kessler, Caldwell VP of sales and marketing. "We are working through the exact offerings that we intend to offer for sale but in general the products that apply to other than hung windows are of the greatest interest."
In addition to an expanded product line, the acquisition enables Caldwell to further vertically integrate its production capabilities, he adds.
The Unique Balance facility in Pence Springs, W. Va., has been virtually shut down for more than six months, Kessler reports. While Caldwell plans to service customers from that location and begin manufacturing there, it has not yet determined a start-up date.
Once the manufacturing facility is back up and running, Unique Balance customers can expect the same high level of service that Caldwell has provided for nearly 125 years, he concludes. "We recognize it will take time to rebuild customer confidence and are looking forward to the opportunity."