G.James Glass & Aluminium, based in Brisbane, Australia, was founded in 1917 by Englishman George James. Initially, James bought cases of glass and sold them cut-to-size for timber joiners. The company has been family-owned since its inception. Joseph Saragossi took control of the company in 1959 after his father-in-law’s death. Through Saragossi’s guidance, G.James has grown to a vertically integrated company with more than 2,000 employees and 35 locations. The company now offers aluminum and architectural glass products, façade solutions and windows and doors. Lewis Saragossi took the helm as chairman in 2005 after his father’s death.

G.James products have been used on many of Australia’s buildings, including the Macquarie Bank and One Central Park, both in Sydney; Epic Apartments in Melbourne; and the Hilton Hotel East Tower in Gold Coast.

According to Greg Lewis, marketing and export manager, one of G.James’s greatest accomplishments, aside from its major projects, is the development, training and recruitment of its employees over the years to ensure the company has the necessary bank of skills and expertise to service and grow its customer base.

“We pride ourselves on our ability to satisfy our customers’ needs and their individual design requirements,” says Lewis. “They choose us for our service, product range and technical expertise.

The company offers its employees a range of career and training opportunities.

“G.James recognizes that the development of our employees is critical to the ongoing success of the company,” says Lewis. “G.James has an average of ten years and nine months of service per employee, in a country where the average job tenure is three years and four months.”

Going forward, company leadership plans to continue that success by ensuring customers and employees are happy.

“Our goal is to achieve consistent returns for the company’s stakeholders which in turn are reinvested back into the business for the future development of our products, infrastructure and employees; and continue with the tradition of family ownership,” says Lewis.

To celebrate its anniversary, G.James completed stage one of the commissioning of its new aluminum extrusion press.

“Each of our 35 locations/sites held a ‘100 Year’ social event where they were presented with a cap embroidered with the year they started with the company. We released a 100 Year commemorative memento which featured glass and aluminum components,” says Lewis. “G.James looks forwards to welcoming the challenges and opportunities that will come our way.”