It was a move Alliance Glazing Technologies had contemplated for a while, but its expansion into Colorado is now a reality.

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The Illinois-based glazing contractor recently opened a new office in Englewood, Colo., giving it a presence in four states, including its headquarters in Romeoville, Ill. and locations in both Kenosha, Wis. and Dallas.

Craig Carson, who previously served as vice president of sales of A-1 Glass Inc. in Englewood, Colo., will oversee the new branch in his role as regional construction manager.

“We’re excited,” says Dan Shields, Alliance Glazing’s national sales director. “We have a lot of stuff going on. A move like this only keeps that going on.”

Alliance had long viewed Colorado as another potential destination point, and moves to the state in recent years by a number of their top customers only cemented the company’s thinking along those lines, Shields says.

Alliance Glazing’s national sales director Dan Shields
Colorado seemed a perfect fit for a family-owned company that has long prided itself on the high-quality of service it provides. Alliance Glazing Technologies specializes in entire building facades, including custom curtainwall systems, decorative glass, storefronts, solar shading and aluminum composite and plate panel systems, according to the company’s website.

“You always want to keep your options open and keep an open mind to different opportunities,” Shields says, “but the more opportunities we were getting, the more it made sense. The types of projects in Colorado are compatible with what our company does.”

The biggest challenge, Shields says, was making sure the new office was self-sustaining from the outset and not a hindrance on any of Alliance’s other ongoing operations. To that end, Carson brought on board. Other new hires include several new project managers, a superintendent, a contractor and an estimator.

“It became an easier task,” Shields says, “once we decided to go do it.”