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MARCON COATINGS TO NEARLY DOUBLE CAPACITY WITH NEW ADDITION: WILL MAKE ENHANCED PRODUCT THAT IMPROVES ENERGY EFFICIENCY

MARCON COATINGS TO NEARLY DOUBLE CAPACITY WITH NEW ADDITION: WILL MAKE
 ENHANCED PRODUCT THAT IMPROVES ENERGY EFFICIENCY
 OWATONNA, Minn., May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Marcon Coatings Inc. broke ground today on a 55,000-square-foot addition to its glass coating facility that will nearly double capacity and allow it to make a new, enhanced product. Marcon, a joint venture between Viracon, Inc. and Marvin Windows and Doors, adds value to glass products by applying energy-efficient coatings.
 "The use of coated glass products has increased steadily in both residential and commercial buildings, and with heightened interest in energy efficiency, the demand for coated products will continue to grow," said James L. Martineau, president of Apogee's glass fabrication division, which includes Viracon. "Because our Marcon Coatings plant is running nearly at capacity now, this expansion will allow us to participate in that growing market."
 The addition, to be built directly south of Marcon's Owatonna, Minn., facility, should be finished by mid-September, and Marcon expects the additional capacity to be on line by early November. The larger plant will accommodate a coater relocated from the West Coast as well as the current coater, which Marcon is upgrading to expand its product capability. Earlier this year, Viracon consolidated its California glass fabricating and coating facilities with its flagship operations in Minnesota.
 At present, Marcon coats glass with reflective and low-emissivity (low-e) films. Reflective coatings provide solar control, while low-e coatings limit the transfer of heat from inside the building, keeping temperatures warm during the winter, and also reflect solar heat during the summer.
 "With our upgraded coater, we will be able to add an enhanced low-e coating that is capable of reflecting 20 percent more solar heat than the standard product," said Edward J. Wegener, general manager of Marcon. "Because it can make buildings more comfortable all year around, this new product has applications for both the residential and commercial market."
 Marcon serves the commercial market by providing support to Viracon, Apogee's glass fabrication division and the nation's leading supplier of fabricated glass for commercial and institutional buildings. It also serves the residential market through Marvin Windows, a leading manufacturer of new and replacement residential windows.
 "Some utility companies are now giving customers rebates for energy- efficient windows, and both federal and state guidelines are being developed to mandate the use of energy-efficient products in new construction," Wegener said. "We think this market has excellent growth potential, and we are excited to be a participant."
 The Marcon Coatings plant currently employs 100 people, and the expansion will add an estimated 20 to 25 jobs at peak production times in the summer and fall, Wegener said.
 Apogee Enterprises is an industry leader in the fabrication, installation and distribution of glass and aluminum. Its products and services include glass, windows and curtainwall for commercial and institutional construction and remodeling markets; curtainwall installation at major high-rise construction sites; design, manufacture and installation of institutional and government security systems; metal and glass coating services; fabrication, sale and installation of automotive glass; and such consumer-oriented products as venetian blinds, shutters, picture frame glass and computer anti-glare screens. Headquartered in Minneapolis, the company's common stock is traded on NASDAQ's National Market System under the symbol APOG.
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 /CONTACT: James L. Martineau of Viracon, 507-451-9555; Edward J. Wegener of Marcon Coatings, 507-455-2326; or Donald W. Goldfus of Apogee, 612-835-1874/
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