Ridgeway, Va.-based Virginia Glass Products (VGP) has reached its 60th year in business this year.
“We are proud to be celebrating this milestone,” says John Korff, president and CEO of VGP and Virginia Mirror Co., VGP’s sister company that was founded in 1913. “The construction segment that we do business in is very competitive and also very prone to the negative swings in the economy. So to be able to work our way through those times, including the last recession, is something that we all take pride in.”
Both Virginia Mirror and VGP were founded by Michael and Nicholas Schottland. They are the grandfather and great uncle, respectively, of Chris Beeler, current chairman of the board.
Initially, VGP’s plant was focused on safety for buildings, but it diversified its product mix with machinery upgrades and innovations over time. It now employs 90 people at its location in Ridgeway, and Virginia Mirror employees 70 more at its facility in Martinsville.
VGP’s products are shipped throughout the state and up and down the East Coast. The company supplies for commercial applications such as hotels, office buildings, restaurants, shopping malls, auto dealerships and more. On the residential side, VGP’s glass is produced for tabletops, shelves and shower enclosures.
“Everyone here works extremely hard and with a passion for quality and customer service,” says Korff. “It’s not an accident with those ethics we’re 60 years young. I’m excited coming to work every day and being involved with our employees, customers and shareholders.”