New York Skyline to Brighten With New Joint Venture

Oct. 3, 2002
Remco Teams Up With Ams to Provide Greater Range
NEW YORK, NY --- As part of its drive to use technology to provide more beneficial products and services to its New York area and eastern regional clientele, Remco Maintenance Corporation, the metropolitan area’s oldest and largest architectural maintenance specialty company, has created a joint venture with Denver-based AMS Architectural Technologies, Inc. (AMS), a national leader and innovator in exterior curtain wall restoration. “This is a joint venture that will rejuvenate New York’s skyscrapers—in particular, the large stock of structures built in the 1960’s and 1970’s of anodized aluminum curtain wall, a focus of AMS and one for which they have developed an exclusive restoration technology. Add to that their expertise in façade caulking, as well as general cleaning and maintenance of exterior curtain wall, and together, Remco and AMS now cover a great realm of architectural restoration and maintenance services than any other group operating our marketplace,” says Remco President Thomas J. Lawless. Lawless announced the joint venture in conjunction with Joseph D. Weinraub, President of  AMS. Weinraub credits the success of the AMS process to his company’s ability to translate technology from the theoretical world of the laboratory to a practical product for the business world that is easy to use, highly effective and environmentally friendly.AMS, which pioneered studies in the 1970’s on architectural cleaning, restoration and preservation, has an extensive background in research, some of which has been instrumental in developing specifications and guidelines employed by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association.“We take a technology-based approach to our projects,” says Weinraub. “We make sure we know and understand the curtain wall components as well as the curtain wall water management system. Methodical and thorough preparation are key elements of the AMS corporate philosophy.”The joint venture is “highly complementary,” adds Lawless. “Remco’s focus—restoring wood, marble, glass and metal surfaces in both the exterior and interior of a facility—has not, until now, extended upward to encompass the entire curtain wall. Through our joint efforts we can now restore metal architectural surfaces from the base to the roofline and perform complete waterproofing.”Geography will also bring benefits to clients, Lawless continues. Founded more than two decades ago, AMS has a national operation with offices in five cities, including such key markets as Chicago, Denver and Los Angeles. “Remco’s New York-based clients with national portfolios can now rest assured their curtain wall requirements will be met at the highest level.” Conversely, AMS clients can now “look forward to greatly enhanced preservation services for all types of building surfaces through Remco’s extensive staff of technical professionals,” says Weinraub.AMS has moved its warehouse facility and New York offices into the Remco corporate and operational facility at 500 Tenth Avenue. Its operations and sales department personnel will be working in conjunction with Remco’s operations and sales departments.Both firms, who pride themselves on setting the standard for their respective specialties, have restored some of America’s most highly profiled structures. AMS has brought its unique metal restoration and remedial caulking service to major office towers worldwide, including the tallest building in the world—the Petronas Tower I in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. It has already established its reputation in New York for restoring the anodized  aluminum curtain walls of 1 Chase Manhattan Plaza, 1 New York Plaza, Citicorp Center, 1 Battery Place, 1330 Avenue of the Americas and many others. Remco counts among its most prestigious New York projects assignments such landmarks as the Statue of Liberty, the United Nations Headquarters, Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Grand Central Terminal, as well as the Met Life Building, Plaza Hotel, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Bergdorf Goodman.

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