What began as a trickle 50 years ago has cascaded into something considerably bigger at Metropolitan Glass Inc. (MGI). From its humble beginnings of just two employees, the Denver-based commercial glazing contractor had morphed into a well-known name in the industry by the time it celebrated its 50th anniversary in March.
Steady leadership, a shared vision and a steadfast commitment to only the highest quality work has helped the company weather adversity of all kinds for a half century.
That’s just what MGI founders Donald (Sam) Smith and Gene Goldsworth had in mind when they first decided to band together and try their luck.
“From its inception, the business has been run the right way by smart people who did the right things at the right times,” says sales manager Marty Richardson. “Because of that, we’ve been able to weather all the storms that have come our way and be successful.”
Incorporated in 1964, MGI’s early work consisted of furnishing and installing very simple glass and aluminum products for convenience stores, gas stations, small offices, and supplying thousands of pieces of glass shelving, binning and mirrors for fixture companies. Today, the company provides and installs products for a wide variety of project types, including commercial doors and windows, skylights, decorative and architectural glass, curtainwall and glass wall systems, glass doors and windowwall systems and glass storefronts.
Now with 75 employees, MGI did a robust $15.5 million in net sales in 2013, according to Richardson. It still pales somewhat in comparison to the more than $20 million the company was doing annually prior to the economic meltdown beginning in 2008.
But unlike many of its contemporaries, MGI withstood the adversity and continues to stand strong.
“We’re still not quite up to where we were in 2008, but we’re getting back,” Richardson says. “We should be close by the end of this year.”
Also at MGI, the company received the 2013 Circle of Safety from Pinnacol Assurance. It was one of 50 recipients to receive this award out of 55,000 Pinnacol Assurance policyholders.