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Rugby Partners with Panel Tech, Inc. for Dallas market

Panel Tech, Inc. (PTI), Houston, TX, announces its expansion into the Dallas market in a joint venture with Rugby Architectural Building Products, Dallas Distribution Center.  PTI is a leader in the architectural panel lamination product segment and will commence production at Rugby’s recently expanded Dallas metro center. 

PTI owners, brothers Ron and Jerrold Grant have been in the panel laminating and processing business since 1990. PTI laminate panels are produced using PVA glue with a cold press application which stands as the best bonding application in the industry.  PTI also processes panels into cabinet parts through cut-to-size and edge-banding.  The move into the Dallas metro market will improve PTI’s service to the cabinet industry with quality panel products through PTI’s wholesale distributor channel.

Tommy Heard, General Manager of Rugby Dallas, stated, “This partnership will allow us to increase our service capabilities in high pressure laminate and custom wood veneered laminated panels as well as cut-to-size and edge-banded parts.  We believe these services will be a true value to our customers allowing them to turn jobs faster and control costs better.”

The new lamination operation has been installed in the newly expanded Rugby Dallas center stocking Wilsonart HPL and architectural wood veneers promising fast turnaround and prompt Dallas metro delivery.  Services will include HPL layup in sizes up to 5’ x 12’, cut to size, edge-banding to 3mm, panel lamination and plywood layup.

“Our Rugby Dallas team is a group of true entrepreneurs, having generated 50% internal sales growth in the past two years”, says David Hughes, Rugby President and CEO.  “The PTI venture reflects Rugby’s overall strategy to expand our product offering into value-added components and services more broadly within the commercial and residential construction sector targeting primarily interior end-uses.  Our execution approach is to partner with the experts and align Rugby’s sales, marketing and logistics capabilities with the best manufacturers and service providers in their respective specialties.”

Tommy Heard will be managing the new product line for the Rugby team and can be contacted at 214-638-5161 and theard@rugbyabp.com.

Headquartered in Concord, NH, Rugby Architectural Building Products serves over 9,000 customers in many of the largest metro centers in the US with a geographic footprint covering 25 states from 13 distribution facilities operating in Metro Boston, Metro NYC, Atlanta, GA, Tampa, FL, Indianapolis, IN, Dallas, TX, Houston, TX, San Antonio, TX, Phoenix, AZ, Las Vegas, NV, Reno, NV, and Los Angeles, CA.