A third-generation Southern California glass shop will celebrate its 70th anniversary early next month.

AG shop 2015Anaheim Glass was opened on July 5, 1945 by entrepreneur Nick Wingert. The company, which sells a range of glass and glass-related products and services for the commercial, residential, and automotive sectors, has remained at its original location in the heart of the Anaheim Colony Historic District.

“I’ve seen a lot of changes in Downtown Anaheim over the years. More recently, the renovation of the Packing House down the street and even some new condos being built next door,” says Jim Wingert, son of Nick Wingert. “It’s humbling to know that in this historical district, my father, my son and I have created a history of our own, in a place we call home.”

Owner Greg Wingert, grandson of first owner Nick Wingert, thanks the “devoted clientele for Anaheim Glass’ continued success,” and says he believes relationships are of utmost importance to the company.

During the Great Recession, for example, Anaheim Glass pushed through the crisis by merging operations with Brundige Glass, a 45-year-old family-owned business in Orange County.

“We’re going to continue to focus on relationships. It’s what made us successful from day one,” says Greg Wingert. “Grandpa Nick used to drive up and down Anaheim Boulevard with a pot of coffee to his clients trying to generate more business for the auto glass and parts that were being sold at that time. Even today, people come in saying ‘I used to buy glass for my ‘55 Ford here from your grandfather back in the late ‘60s. It is a great feeling. It’s relationships. That’s what Anaheim Glass is all about, the people in this community who have kept us alive for 70 years now.”