Aribell Purchases Venting Sidelite Business
September 2008

Aribell Products Ltd., a distributor of products and components serving the Canadian door and window industry, has purchased the venting sidelite business of Wardco Manufacturing, a Canadian manufacturer of doors and windows located in Burlington, Ontario. Wardco was the sole manufacturer of the product, originally developed at Steelwood Doors, in Ontario.

"The addition of these venting sidelites enhances our overall product offering to Canadian door pre-hangers," says Brian Belzberg, Aribell president. "As the new and exclusive manufacturer of these, Aribell is well positioned to offer this product at very attractive prices, and looks forward to building the market penetration of venting sidelites."

The sidelites provide consumers with the option of gaining ventilation from their door systems, without jeopardizing security by having to leave their door open or using an additional screen door. Based in Woodbridge, Ontario, Aribell's line of door components also includes Endura sill and astragal products, insulated steel doors panels, hinges, weatherseals, and door jambs.

"We felt that while we have been successful selling this product to door pre-hangers, we were essentially selling to our competition," says Wardco's Rick Ward. "There was far more potential in the market place for venting sidelites if sold by a specialist serving all door pre-hangers. Wardco needed the space for our other operations, and Aribell as both a valued supplier and well connected with all Canadian door pre-hangers was the natural buyer."