Ceramic Industry

Thermcraft Acquires Contemporary Kilns (posted 10/1/09)

October 1, 2009
Contemporary Kilns is best known for the design and manufacture of annealing kilns for the quartz fabrication industry.

Thermcraft, Inc. has acquired Contemporary Kilns Inc. of Novato, Calif., which has specialized in the engineering and manufacture of high-quality custom kilns and ovens since 1964. The company is best known for the design and manufacture of annealing kilns for the quartz fabrication industry.

This acquisition complements Thermcraft’s existing equipment line while adding a new industrial market and increasing the customer build-to-spec product line. One such addition made possible by the acquisition is a front-loading box furnace that operates at temperatures up to 1350°C and includes silicon carbide heating elements. Because of its counter-balanced vertical lift door, the furnace can be opened using only one hand while the hot face of the door is kept away from the operator, an important safety feature.

“We see this acquisition as another demonstration of our continuous commitment to providing the best quality and up-to-date technology to our clients worldwide,” said Tom Crafton, president of Thermcraft. “We are constantly seeking opportunities to upgrade our capabilities as a way to ensure we provide our customers with all-encompassing solutions related to their high-heat equipment needs.”

Thermcraft has begun the integration of Contemporary Kilns’ capabilities in its North Carolina-based manufacturing facility. Contemporary Kilns principal John Glossinger will remain as a consultant to ensure a smooth transition. Post-merger, all product-specific support will be handled directly through Thermcraft and its worldwide team of sales representatives.

For more information, call (800) 735-2856 or visit www.thermcraftinc.com.

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