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Alan, President of Tanglewood Conservatories Joins MTES Advisory Board

April 2009 COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Alan, President of Tanglewood Conservatories, Ltd., a Denton Maryland based manufacturer of ultra-luxury conservatories, greenhouses, botanical houses and palm garden rooms, has joined the advisory board of University of Maryland based MTES.

MTES (Maryland Technology Extension Service), is an affiliate of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP) network and a program of the A. James Clark School of Engineering’s Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute. MTES has provided business and technical solutions to over 500 industrial companies throughout Maryland.

Alan, who is a graduate of the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture, founded Tanglewood Conservatories with his wife and business partner, Nancy Virts in 1993. Tanglewood is internationally known for its creative and innovative renditions of nineteenth-century glass architecture.

Alan notes that Tanglewood Conservatories involvement with MTES dates back to 2003 when the company hired MTES to assist with various production and quality related issues. At the time, MTES guided Tanglewood through the transition from “builder” business model to “manufacturing” business model which resulted in the doubling of Tanglewood’s production capacity.

Tanglewood Conservatories’ elegant rooms can be designed as “stand-alone” additions, added to an existing structure or incorporated into a new home. A distinctive architectural solution is the hallmark of a Tanglewood custom conservatory, which can range in cost from $100,000 to several millions. Tanglewood builds throughout the United States and has completed projects as far away as Shanghai, China.

The Maryland Technology Extension Service (MTES) is charged with the application of the resources of the Clark School of Engineering for the benefit of Maryland manufacturers. They have a full time staff of eight experienced engineers and draw on faculty and outside consultants when necessary. Their goal is to strengthen the competitiveness of Maryland manufacturers by providing information, decision support and implementation assistance.

MTES offers expertise in the fields of:

  • Operations and Product Improvement
  • Lean Manufacturing applications
  • Process and Plant layout
  • Logistics
  • Environmental: Pollution prevention assessment
  • Engineering and R&D: Product improvement
  • Business and Management: Continuous Innovation Initiative