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Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope® Acquires C.R. Laurence Co., Inc.

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Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope® Acquired C.R. Laurence Co., Inc.

Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®, a CRH Group company, acquired C.R. Laurence (CRL), North America’s largest manufacturer and distributor of custom hardware and glazing products to the glass and glazing industry.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, CRL will continue to be independently managed and operated as a subsidiary of OBE and will retain all existing management structures and personnel. The company has eight manufacturing/engineering centers and 28 service centers across the U.S. and Canada, and an additional six operations in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, and Australia. CRL designs and manufactures a wide range of engineered hardware products required by professional glaziers and glass shops to complete the installation of architectural glass in both commercial and residential markets. For the past two years, the Los Angeles Business Journal has recognized CRL as one of the top 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies.

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Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope® Acquires C.R. Laurence Co., Inc.

Ted Hathaway,
Chief Executive
Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®
CRL is a true American success story.
CEO Don Friese has built an extraordinary
organization that has enjoyed exceptional growth.
I have been impressed with CRL’s leadership
and unwavering commitment to the customer.

About C.R. Laurence Co., Inc.

CRL is North America’s largest manufacturer and distributor of custom hardware products and supplies to the glass and glazing industry. The company has over a century of experience in the industry and is a premier supplier to the architectural, construction, and automotive industries. CRL offers more than 60,000 hardware component products including: Architectural Railings, All-Glass Entrance Hardware, Storefront Hardware, Exit Devices, Commercial Doors, Custom Cladding, Balanced Doors and Frameless Shower Door Hardware.

For more information, go to crlaurence.com.

Don Friese,
Chairman and Chief Executive
C.R. Laurence Co., Inc.
We’re proud to now be part of the Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope® (OBE) family and are looking forward to getting to know and work with the people throughout this great organization. We’ve had a great relationship with OBE for many years and it’s exciting to think of what we can do together to continue to provide opportunities and grow the glazing industry. I’ve personally known and admired Ted Hathaway for many years and I believe there is great chemistry from top to bottom in our newly combined organization.

Our History

Although C.R. Laurence Co. (CRL) can trace its history back into the 1920’s, the company as we know it really started in the early 1960’s. In 1961, there was one location in Los Angeles with six employees and annual revenues of just $250,000. That is also the year when Don Friese received an honorable discharge from the US Army and came to work for CRL.

In 1963, the company was purchased by Bernie Harris. Over the next 34 years, Bernie and Don worked as partners in growing CRL to be the leading supplier to the glazing industry. Early on, Bernie recognized Don’s talents and made him a partner in the business. Bernie retired in 1997 and Don continued to lead CRL as CEO, Chairman and sole owner.

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