PENSACOLA, FLA. - U S Block Windows Inc. has purchased substantially all of the assets of Hy-Lite Products Inc., the acrylic block and decorative glass window manufacturer located in Eatonton, Ga. Hy-Lite was previously owned by Fortune Brands, Inc., the consumer products company based in Deerfield, Ill. U S Block Windows Inc. is privately owned by Hampshire Equity Partners of Greenwich, Conn. The company is headquartered in Pensacola, Fla., with manufacturing facilities in Pensacola and Tempe, Ariz.
The purchase combines the two most recognized names in the acrylic block window industry. Hy-Lite introduced the first prefabricated acrylic block window to the market in 1988. U S Block Windows introduced their product to the market in 1996 and expanded the privacy window category with unique options including architectural shapes, casements, awnings, single hung and slider applications for both the new construction and replacement markets.
“The addition of Hy-Lite’s products to our existing company will provide window dealers, builders and consumers with a broad variety of choices to meet their expanding privacy window needs from a single source,” according to Roger Murphy, president of U S Block Windows Inc. “We’re excited by this opportunity to strengthen our company with an increased product offering that positions us as the leading acrylic block provider in the industry.”
Products from Hy-Lite and U S Block Windows are sold through building material suppliers, window dealers and distributors throughout the United States. In addition, certain products are also distributed in Canada, Australia, Japan and Mexico.