Kensington Glass Arts Inc. (KGa), a glass manufacturer, commercial glazier and distributor of architectural glass, celebrates its 45th anniversary.
KGa began in July 1976 as a custom stained glass window fabrication company called Victorian Glassworks. Over the next ten years, the product lines had expanded to include etched and carved glass. In 1987, the company was incorporated and rebranded as Kensington Glass Arts Inc. Eventually, work evolved to focus on corporate installations including museum display casework, glass partitions and challenging art-glass pieces. Clients have included almost every major law firm, hotel and corporate client in the Washington market, according to a press release.
In 2002, KGa invested in building a full-scale glass manufacturing and processing facility in Ijamsville. At that time, it was the only glass tempering facility and remains the only ISO9001 quality certified plant in the state of Maryland, according to the company. In 2020, a second manufacturing plant was established in Sterling, Va., increasing production capacity.
Today, KGa employs approximately 250 people between installation and fabrication teams from facilities in Maryland and Virginia.