New Company Offers Glass, Hardware and More to North American Market

Frameless Hardware Co. (FHC), a new supplier and manufacturer to the glass and glazing industries, officially began North American operations in early November 2019.
FHC will supply glass, glazing tools and supplies, frameless shower door hardware, commercial hardware for glass entrances and storefronts, architectural railings, transaction windows, and machinery and equipment for the safe handling, fabrication and installation of glass.

FHC’s leadership team includes president Chris Hanstad and senior vice president Barry Sutherland. Hanstad worked for C.R. Laurence (CRL) for 15 years, most recently as vice president. Prior to CRL, he spent seven years at Grand View Glass & Metal. Sutherland served as director of commercial hardware for 20 years with CRL and four years with Sommer & Maca.

“We are excited to provide the industry and its stakeholders with anew, trusted supplier; a partner that prioritizes the customer,” says Hanstad. “Throughout the many consolidations that have taken place in the glass industry, the supply chain pool has become significantly smaller, and it’s ultimately the customers who have paid a price. What we’re offering is a partnership, solidified by high quality customer service and product availability. We want the industry to know ‘You Now Have a Choice.’”

Based in South Gate, Calif., FHC’s newly renovated, 75,000-square-foot corporate headquarters houses stock inventory, customer will call, technical service and product research and development.

In conjunction with the announcement, FHC also launched FHC-USA. com, an e-commerce marketplace designed specifically for glaziers and glass professionals.

“We know the pain points of online ordering. We’ve seen and heard it firsthand,” says Sutherland. “We’ve prioritized and invested substantially in the user experience and are changing the way this industry conducts business online. We just made it a whole lot easier.”

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