Glasswerks, a full-service fabricator of architectural glass headquartered in Southgate, Calif., has acquired the assets of Northwestern Industries (NWI), a subsidiary of Japan-based Central Glass Co. Ltd. This acquisition marks the latest investment as Glasswerks expands its reach and share in the Western glass marketplace, according to a company statement. The company recently added jumbo, bent and heat soak capabilities.

NWI has two fabrication plants, one in Seattle and one in Yuma, Ariz. The company offers tempered, laminated, insulating, silkscreened and spandrel glass. All management and personnel at the Yuma plant will remain onboard and the company will retain the NWI name and branding. It is Glasswerks goal and commitment to NWI customers and employees to avoid any business disruptions and ensure a smooth acquisition process, said the company statement.

Glasswerks currently operates in over 700,000 square feet of fabrication space across locations in Southgate, Temecula, and Carson, Calif. The NWI acquisition substantially adds to the company’s capacities and distribution, according to the statement.

Randy Steinberg, president of Glasswerks, says, “I’ve long admired the excellent reputation for quality and service that NWI has built in this industry. Beyond the complementary product offerings, I feel our values, culture and service align as well. We’re happy to welcome NWI employees to the Glasswerks family.”

Stay tuned for further updates.


  1. Minor detail left out – the Seattle plant will be closing at the end of February. The Pacific Northwest just lost a major fabricator in our region. Over 40 years in the market… amazing and tragic loss.

    1. We had reached out to Glasswerks for further comment but had not heard back as of press time. We will run a follow-up article or more in-depth article in print if we receive a response to our questions, including about the fate of the Seattle plant.

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