Local Family-Owned Companies Offer Experience, Neighborhood Connections

Woodbury Glass, Minnesota’s happiest little glass shop, is just one of the many mom-and-pop businesses sprinkled throughout the U.S. The Woodbury, Minn.- based glass shop specializes in commercial and residential window repairs and replacement, insulating glass replacement, shower enclosures and flat glass and mirror fabrication.

From Garage to Small

Screen Frankie Bobzin, general manager of Woodbury, says the company was founded by Noah Lamont in 1999 as Lamont Glass. Bobzin describes the early days as a one-man show operating out of a garage.

“Lamont did all the sales calls, measurements and installations along with some fabrication work,” she says. “As the business grew, so did his family, and like most family businesses, everyone was involved in some way at some point. He outgrew the garage and has had several locations over the years, finally landing in Woodbury, Minn., and changed the company name to reflect his connection to the community.”

Woodbury’s success caught the attention of others, including participating in two HGTV television shows produced in Minnesota, “Bath Crashers” and “While You Were Out.”

Bobzin says the company had three employees before its bookkeeper retired following the COVID-19 pandemic. Soon after, Lamont decided to step back and take on a new adventure.

“Knowing that he had a solid team in his installer, Dean Harrington, and myself, he felt confident in taking this next step,” she says.

David and Mary Anderson of DMA Glass and Windows purchased Woodbury on Nov. 21, 2022. Bobzin says she and Harrington remain with the company and handle daily operations.

Vitro Launches Innovation Partnership Program

Vitro Architectural Glass launched a new program to help identify and develop solutions to existing and future glass industry challenges. Through Vitro X Innovation Partnerships, the company will partner with “future-focused” companies as early investors to support and develop new ideas.

“Vitro X enables Vitro to become a hands-on partner with progressive companies that have the power to influence glass in some way, with an innovative, non-traditional approach,” says Martin Bracamonte, vice president of marketing and innovation.

Company officials say the first partnership is with AERAS, an emerging technology company specializing in advanced drone applications. Pittsburgh-based AERAS is the first company in the U.S. to be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration to use drones to provide decontamination services against viral contaminants such as COVID-19 at large gathering spaces.

Officials say Vitro is teaming up with a select group of businesses to develop technologies that can potentially impact the future of the glass industry. The hope is that the partnerships will usher in new products and services that can “enhance and protect glass services, reduce the need for exterior glass maintenance and even make outdoor venues healthier.”

Carmel GlassCelebrates 43 Years

Indianapolis-based Carmel Glass & Mirror LLC is celebrating its 43rd anniversary this year. The family-owned business offers shower glass and hardware, window glass replacement, interior and furniture glass, mirrors and commercial glass.

Jessica Bricking, CEO of Carmel Glass, says not only has the company remained in business for four decades, but half of its 19 employees have been with the company for 10 years or more. “Our dedicated and highly capable team makes us so special,” says Bricking. “Look at these amazing anniversaries, and we continue to grow under the leadership of our second-generation ownership. Our staff is the foundation of our company, and they enjoy working with our customers and products.”

Bricking adds multiple children and family members of its staff have been employed with the company over the years. “We have strong roots in our Indianapolis community and pride ourselves on our work ethic, industry knowledge and skills we bring to each job application,” she says. “We are thankful for so many wonderful and loyal customers; you will always see a familiar face when entering our showroom.”

Briefly

The British Safety Council recognized Şişecam  during the International
Safety Awards 2023 for its safety record. The Turkish glass manufacturer received the “Distinction” award for its 2022 approach to preventing workplace injuries and work-related diseases. It was also recognized for its workplace well-being practices … Saint-Gobain has sold its Swiss glass processing business, Glas-solutions, to AEQUITA. Glas-solutions generated around $27 million in 2022, say Saint-Gobain officials.

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