555 E. Main St.
P. O. Box 430
Russia, OH 45363
Superior Aluminum Products was incorporated July 11th, 1956 in Youngstown, Ohio. The original owners were Lou Burt and Lou Hermann. They began manufacturing aluminum storm windows and screens with six employees. Their original distribution was mainly the Midwestern states.
Because of intense competition in the aluminum window market, the owners decided to begin making aluminum railing in 1960. This was a fairly new field of aluminum products as wrought iron and wood had been the main source of railing for many years. The Series 600 aluminum railing was developed for residential use such as porches and stairs, and was sold mainly to home improvement dealers. As sales of the railing grew, Superior Aluminum gradually fazed out of the window market.
On November 12th, 1966, Superior Aluminum was purchased by Tom Francis and Ed Borchers. This change of ownership was after of the death of Lou Hermann. After the change of ownership, Lou Burt stayed on as an adviser for two months before going into retirement.
In March of 1967, Superior Aluminum was moved to 211 West Main Street in Russia, Ohio. The company began operation in Russia in a 15,000 square foot building, formerly occupied by Francis Products, Inc. Because the building was larger than needed, one-third of it was leased out to another company. At that time, Superior Aluminum had six full-time and three part-time employees. During the next five years the following products were added to their product line:
1967 – Zip roll screens for porches and garage doors
1968 – Round fluted aluminum columns
1969 – Aluminum lawn furniture; Quick lock pipe rail
1971 – Series 900 heavy duty aluminum railing
As a result of the additional new products, Superior Aluminum needed a bigger facility. In January of 1972, the company moved into the remaining area of the building that was formerly rented out. In December on 1972, Tom Francis and Ed Borchers received notification that their application for a patent on the Series 900 heavy duty aluminum railing had been accepted. During the years of 1976-1982 Superior Aluminum saw the following new products introduced:
1976 – Series 400 aluminum prepackaged economy rail
1978 – Square fluted aluminum columns
1980 – Corinthian and Scamozzi caps for round columns
1982 – Series 700 aluminum picket fence
In 1983, Superior Aluminum purchased their first computer and thus joined the computer generation. In December of 1985, as a result of the company’s continued growth, they moved into a bigger manufacturing facility at 105 Francis Street. The 56,000 square foot facility was formerly occupied by Francis Manufacturing foundry. From the years of 1986-1992, the company added the following products to their line:
1986 – Series 500 aluminum pipe railing
1988 – 30" round fluted aluminum columns
1990 – Aluminum flagpoles; 16" square fluted aluminum columns
1991 – Fiberglass columns
1992 – Series 950 aluminum picket railing; Series 990 extra heavy duty aluminum railing
1994 – Series 550 aluminum pipe picket railing; Square panel aluminum columns
In April of 1996, as sales and employment continued to increase, Superior Aluminum broke ground on a brand new facility at 555 East Main Street.
They moved into the new building in 1997. With over 100,000 square feet, it is where the company still operates today. In the year 2000, Superior Aluminum launched their first website and thus joined the World Wide Web. The following new products have introduced since operations began in their new building:
1999 – Square smooth aluminum columns
2003 – All-Snap round aluminum columns; Polymer caps & bases
2006 – Fiberglass specialty columns
2010 – Savannah bases for square columns; Series 2000 cable railing; Series 7000 aluminum picket fence; Series 9000 heavy duty aluminum railing
Superior Aluminum Products is proud of the history they’ve created. They are especially thankful to all their customers, suppliers, and employees who have contributed to their success for more than 50 years.