Window-maker expands

WARREN – A Warren-based window manufacturer is taking over operations of one of its suppliers and is moving that company’s employees and operations next month from Solon to Lordstown, according to an agreement announced Monday.

Vista Windows of Elm Road in Warren has entered an agreement to purchase Caliber Glass, a supplier of glass insulation. Vista, which employs about 100 workers, is working to close the purchase of a Lordstown building to house the new operation including about eight workers who are being relocated from the Solon plant. A company spokesman said Vista hopes to increase that number to 16 to 20.

Vista, founded in 2001, did not disclose financial terms of the purchase.

A statement released by Vista said the transaction will enable Vista to maintain its ”innovation, performance and quality leadership and differentiate itself from the competition through tighter control of unique insulating glass capabilities.”

Vista has about 500 customers across the Midwest and parts of the northeastern U.S. The company manufactures replacement windows and patio doors for the housing industry.

“Vista is committed to pushing the envelope with new technologies and performance capabilities which we are bringing in-house with this acquisition,” Vista Chief Executive Officer Dan McCarthy said.

Caliber Glass was founded by industry veteran Mike McHugh, who now is an owner of Integrated Automation Systems, which makes smart gas filling systems for windows.

McHugh is leaving the insulated glass business to focus more specifically on advanced gas-filling systems used in the insulation process.