FlexScreen Fights Inflation
FlexScreen is mitigating inflation by introducing automation to its seven manufacturing plants around the country.
Pittsburgh, PA (February 3, 2023)
FlexScreen is seeking to mitigate inflation by introducing automation to its seven manufacturing plants around the country. The company expects this will neutralize the effects of inflation by helping to lower labor costs.
According to data1 published by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the average percentage of annual inflation rate nearly doubled to 8% in 2022. In the previous year, the average was 4.7%. The rise of inflation is attributed to various factors, including supply chain issues, customer demand, and the effects of the global pandemic. Without evidence of a significant decrease soon, companies like FlexScreen are devising solutions to maintain affordability amid inevitable rising overall production costs.
"We're investing over 7 million dollars into outfitting all of our facilities with best-of-class, award-winning automation. Once that's in place, we'll be able to stabilize prices and possibly even lower them," says Joe Altieri, Inventor and CEO of FlexScreen.
FlexScreen recently partnered with Erdman Automation Corp. and created an exclusive, state-of-the-art automated manufacturing line to produce FlexScreen faster and at lower costs. The new line will also enhance and optimize the production process of the custom-sized flexible window screens. The first automated line is estimated to arrive at the company's flagship facility in Pittsburgh by the end of February.
Despite the assumption that automation means layoffs for current employees, FlexScreen has the opposite intention. "We're not planning on laying anybody off; we're just repurposing them into new, easier positions," Altieri said. With hiring and retaining staff becoming a problem for many businesses today, FlexScreen hopes to continue utilizing its current workforce while reducing the complications of labor shortages in the future.
With the new automated line, FlexScreen also announced the option to license its technology directly to window manufacturers, allowing them to produce FlexScreen in-house. Now manufacturers can make FlexScreen's spring-steel flexible window screens faster and easier in a fraction of the space and at a lower cost than aluminum screens. By lowering costs, meeting more customer demands, and increasing the availability of FlexScreen, the company furthers its fight against inflation while transforming the window industry.
- "Current US Inflation Rates: 2000-2023: US Inflation Calculator." US Inflation Calculator |, 12 Jan. 2023, https://www.usinflationcalculator.com/inflation/current-inflation-rates/#:~:text=The%20annual%20inflation%20rate%20for,ET.
Everyone knows that the century-old technology of traditional window screens is loaded with problems. Flimsy aluminum frames that damage easily, scratched paint, complicated hardware, and frustrating installation and removal are just some of the issues that required a solution. So, we cleared out a workspace in the garage and invented FlexScreen - the world’s first and only flexible window screen. No aluminum, no paint, no hardware, and no hassle. Just flex our high-performance, PVC coated spring steel frame, slide it into the window screen pocket (where it will virtually disappear), and enjoy the uninterrupted view. FlexScreen is innovative, effortless, durable, and beautiful. Welcome to the future of window screens!
FlexScreen was the recipient of the Most Innovative Window Component in 2015 presented by Window & Door® magazine, and was a top 3 contender in the 2020 Edison Awards “Consumer Goods - Home Solutions” category, earning the Silver award. To learn more, visit flexscreen.com.
"We're investing over 7 million dollars into outfitting all of our facilities with best-of-class, award-winning automation. Once that's in place, we'll be able to stabilize prices and possibly even lower them"
President & CEO, FlexScreen