Not far from the home where Thomas Edison made his innovative and groundbreaking inventions, a Venice company has created and acquired a patent for its own creation: an interlocking aluminum beam that can withstand hurricane-force winds.
Tom Teffenhart, chief executive officer of Commercial Residential Aluminum
(CRA ) in Venice
, recently received a patent for his newest invention, the Channel Lock Self-Mating Beam, also known as Channel Lock SMB. The beam is designed for use to fortify pool cages, lanais and other aluminum structures.
"The Channel Lock SMB will not only help the home building industry, but the insurance industry as well," says Natalie Rockefeller Lane, CRA's director of marketing and sales. "This product will stand up to more natural disasters and will benefit homeowners by providing a safer and stronger enclosure."
According to a CRA, the new beam may very well be the strongest of its kind, and will require less material as well as lower the cost of pool-cage construction as well as screen enclosures. The new beams make the structures stronger and more durable when compared to those of competitor manufacturers.
CRA was founded and run by Tom Teffenhart and has been in business in Venice for over 17 years. In addition to pool enclosures, CRA also builds car ports, fascias, windows and walkway covers. Some of CRA's partners are Arthur Rutenberg Homes, Gilbratar Homes and Guardian Building Products.
CRA has plans to take a portion of their savings and apply the funds to a company campaign which they plan to give to those in need in the area.
Writer: Missy Kavanaugh
Source: Natalie Rockefeller Lane, Commercial Residential Aluminum