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A.J. Diversification

Over the years, one of the core strategies adopted by A.J. Manufacturing has been the planned and measured diversification of product lines. Today, A.J. is involved in manufacturing more than Post Frame doors and windows; A.J. is a leader in design and manufacture of HVAC Access doors, wall panels and Contract Manufacturing.  As any good financial planner will advise, diversification allows individuals the ability to avoid risk, preserve capital and leverage growth. The same basic principles apply to companies that want to grow and expand in a responsible manner for the sake of the customers who have come to depend on a steadfast and stable supplier of product.

Positive results of this deliberate strategy are manifest in many ways for A.J. customers. Since A.J. has one common Engineering Department, innovations in one product are able to traverse product lines and benefit all. Since A.J. has one common Quality Department, the most rigorous standards and tolerances are easily adopted by all segments. Since A.J. has one common Shipping & Receiving Department, best methods for packaging and efficient product delivery are shared by each production line. Since A.J. has one common Inside Sales/Customer Service Group, customers can be sure to reach a professional representative well versed in our broad range of products.

Diversification by A.J. can help you avoid risk and reach your long-term goals, take a closer look at what makes A.J. the best value.

Insulated Attic Access Door – AAD

The AAD is a cost effective engineered solution to attic access.  Designed for installation into buildings with an interior ceiling liner and is available in 24”x36” and 24”x48” sizes for an egress of 20”x32” and 20”x44”.  The AAD is a steel panel with foam insulation pre-hung in a self flashing aluminum frame.  Packed with an egress cord already attached, the AAD is ready to install right out of the box – no job site cutting, measuring or assembly required.
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FGx – Fiberglass Entry Door

The FGx is a fiberglass door panel bored for lockset, pre-hung and 4-way universal in a composite frame.  The fiFGxLogoberglass door and composite frame combination offer a U-Factor of .14 for an inswing door and .15 for an outswing door.  Features include: an ADA compliant sill, wood grain textured door panel, Santoprene weatherstrip, snap in header parting stop, 4”x4-1/2” stainless steels hinges and installation screws.  The FGx door is available in: flush, 9-lite, 6-panel or 9-lite 2 panel configurations for residential, utility or confinement applications.  The fiberglass panel and composite frame won’t rust, dent or swell.

New High Performance Gasket for Access Doors

I am pleased to announce an improvement to our product offering.  In a display of our commitment to continuous improvement and ever exceeding the needs of our customers, we have developed, tested and finalized a new high-performance gasket for our HVAC doors

18 months of development and testing have produced a gasket that will exceed your highest expectations. 

  • Just .25 cfm total air leakage at 10” wg. 
  • Not a drop of water over the sill after 15 minutes at -2”, -8”, and 14”, and 4 hours at -20”.
  • Extruded foamed EPDM rubber resists compression set, and maintains greater flexibility in cold temperatures
  • Field replaceable!   

The complete tests are available for your review.  [24×60 door tested in accordance with ASTM E-331] Thermal Door or Non-Thermal Door

We are implementing this improvement as a running change for all 2.0” aluminum frame doors.   You may have noticed that this improved gasket is already being used on all of our 1.7” doors.

Improved efficiencies in our processes here at AJ will allow us to upgrade sealing performance on all doors at no additional cost to you!

HVAC Access Door Gasket Performance: The Best Is About to Get Even Better!

The hvac access door gasket for AJ’s very first access door back in the year 2000 was fantastic for its time: independently tested by Architectural Testing Inc, it achieved virtually zero total air leakage at pressures as high as 10” w.g. for an outswing door under positive pressure.  No other manufacturer’s door came close.

Water leakage at the time wasn’t quite the issue it is today, but as performance expectations rose, our zero-leakage for 15 minutes at –3” w.g. was soon unacceptable.

In 2002 we introduced the foamed TPE gasket that you are familiar with, and when we combined that with our cakepan door panel design in 2005, water performance shot up to zero leakage at –7” w.g…again, best in the industry.

Today, after 18 months in development and 1 year in laboratory testing and field service, we announce the next stage in gasket design…our hollow-core EPDM gasket.

EPDM – a flexible sponge rubber – is widely used in the automotive and HVAC industries for door and light seals, and general weather stripping.  EPDM is valued for low-temperature flexibility, and excellent resistance to compression set, atmospheric degradation, alkalis, acids, and oxygenated solvents.

And our unique design allows continuous, 1-piece application to the frame.  No more corner joints.

That all sounds good, but does this new AJ gasket design seal any better?   You bet it does: ATI tested our non-thermal 24×60 cakepan door to the ASTM E331 protocol and reported zero leakage at pressures from –1” to –20” w.g.!

We are pleased to report that this new gasket will be phased into production in the very near future, beginning with our 1.7” door models.

Gold Key of Excellence Won by AJ Manufacturing

Congratulations! AJ Manufacturing, Inc.

Rural Builder readers again have selected A.J. Manufacturing as one of the best in our industry. You have won a Gold Key of Excellence Award — your 26th! — for 2012.

Rural Builder established the Gold Key tradition in 1983 as a prestigious salute to the industry’s strongest and finest companies. Your customers (our readers) recognize quality, excellence, dependability and service when they find it. This award says a lot about those qualities and how your company exemplifies them.

Winning the award starts with a special Gold Key editorial section in the July 2012 issue of Rural Builder that will announce your award to the industry.

AJ Manufacturing would like to thank our customers for voting our products and our company as one of the best in the post frame industry.  Thank you!

accutrac by AJ

AJ is pleased to announce a new time saving service to make your job easier…

is a web portal that allows you to check on any open order or recent shipment.  By logging onto ajdoor.com you can view the real-time status of your orders. No need to wonder if your PO has been received or when we’ll ship it.  The information is all at your fingertips.  Once an order is confirmed, you can view it on accutrac.   It will have a status of  “Scheduled”, “Scheduled to Ship”, “Shipped”, “Back Order”, or “Partial Ship”.   In addition, you  can easily obtain the tracking information for your shipped orders.   Just give us a call and we’ll set up your secure Username and Password.

is also an autmated shipment notification email sent the day we ship your order.   Every afternoon AJ will send an email for all orders shipped that day. The shipped report will list the PO Number, Part Numbers, LTL Carrier and PRO Numbers.

Texas Approval for Partner & Responder Doors

The Texas Department of Insurance has granted approval for A.J. Manufacturing Inc’s aluminum and steel-framed Partner and Responder door models to be used in designated catastrophe areas along the Texas Gulf Coast.

When installed in accordance with our instructions, the 21A Partner Door has achieved a Label Rating of +50, -43 psf, while the 41A Responder Door is rated +/- 50 psf.

TDI’s product evaluations can be found on their website at http://www.tdi.texas.gov/wind/prod/dr/dr497.pdf (Partner Door), and http://www.tdi.texas.gov/wind/prod/dr/dr498.pdf (Responder Door).

Company Culture – The Foundation of Value

I am honored to admit spending the better part of my youth and young adult life on the “dumb-end” of a tape measure developing my construction and leadership skills especially when i was a carpet cleaner Penarth. My father was a Journeyman Carpenter in top travel system reviews, Job-site Superintendent, Project Manager, and ultimately Partner in Successful General Contracting firm. Just as his experience was built on the proper foundation of an apprenticeship and many years of skill development, a quality project is subject to the quality of the foundation. As your vendor/partner, we not only develop the quality of our materials, designs, and processes, we focus on the quality of our Company Culture – the foundation of our business.

What does a solid foundation look like at AJ? First of all it is wide at the base, we include every single employee in the process by communicating, skill building, and providing the proper tools to be successful. Second, we replace or shore-up weak areas with technology, equipment, process improvement and training. As with any foundation, it is subject to wear and tear and must be maintained. Third, as we work on our foundation, we remain focused on the plan, we are consistent in the execution of the steps necessary to meet the expectations of quality and growth we have established. Last but not least, we are open about the process, the dirty details, the issues that are holding us back and we ask for advice and assistance from experts when needed.

The next time you compare our forklift train the trainer and products against a competitive offering, and the basic cost and performance are similar – ask one more specification question – What is the culture of the vendor?

As my father says…..”If you don’t have the time to do it right the first time, where will you find the time to do it over?”

Build your business and reputation on a solid foundation, by focusing on the Culture.

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“In everything we do in life and business, we will be Helpful, Humble, and Honest.”  – Mike Soley Sr. (MBR, Inc.)

Todd Carlson