CRL Introduces the Industry's Lightest Base Shoe with the New 8B Series for Glass Railing Systems

C.R. Laurence engineers a cost-effective and eco-friendly base shoe that maintains traditional profile aesthetics and meets code standards

LOS ANGELES, CA - April 23, 2014 - CRL's all-new 8B Series Square Base is 30% lighter than its predecessor as it uses less material, qualifying it for LEED® targeted projects while also reducing shipping costs. C.R. Laurence engineers were tasked with maintaining the traditional industry profile and significantly reducing the overall weight while delivering the same performance of CRL's other proven base shoe systems. The resulting innovative 8B Series met all criteria, providing the desired look while meeting and exceeding code standards.

"We are proud to offer this new and improved successor to the popular B5S Base Shoe that showcases CRL's commitment to quality and innovation," says Chris Hanstad, Brand Manager, Architectural Railing and Metals Division. "The new 8B Series is now the lightest traditional profile base shoe in the industry, making the installation and handling of material easier for the glazier. Additionally, using significantly less aluminum not only makes it attractive from a sustainability standpoint, but also translates to substantial savings for customers and owners. These attributes only build upon the award-winning qualities and features of our TAPER-LOC® Glass Railing System."

The all-new 8B Series Square Base Shoe is designed to be surface mounted or fascia mounted for use with CRL's industry-leading, patented GRS TAPER-LOC® Dry Glaze Glass Railing System. To purchase and learn more about the now available 8B Series and CRL's glass railing systems, visit

About C.R. Laurence
C.R. Laurence is a premier manufacturer and supplier to the glazing, architectural, railing, construction, industrial, food service, and automotive industries, with service centers located throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. The web site is a proven resource for the glass and glazing industry; is a prized source for the U.S. Aluminum architectural product lines; provides architects, designers, and specifiers with design-related information on new products. For more information, contact C.R. Laurence at (800) 421-6144 or

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