Bell County Glass Co. Inc., based in Killeen, Texas, is nearing the completion of its new headquarters. The glazing subcontractor is moving from the 20,000-square-foot facility it’s occupied since the 1960s to a 33,000-square-foot facility one mile from the original location.
“We outgrew the old facility. We’re getting more automated equipment and we needed more space,” says Ken VanHoozer, president of the company. “We do 100 percent commercial glazing from San Antonio to Waco, Texas. We had 35 employees last year, now we’re up to 70 employees. They’ll be mostly in the field, but we hired additional office staff as well, from project managers to estimators.”
The automated equipment will help Bell County Glass Co. reduce the number of workers needed in one area.
“They can focus on building frames instead of metal cutting,” says VanHoozer.
The company purchased a new RhinoFAB saw and plans to purchase a computer numerical control machine for door hardware.
Sales growth was a motivating factor for the company’s expansion.
“We typically do $8 to $12 million in sales a year. Last year we did $15 million and we’re projected to have that much this year thanks to the market and our expanded workload,” says VanHoozer. “I wanted to expand three years ago but got cold feet. Texas has been growing at a good clip for the last several years. With the tax incentives and tax breaks as a driving force, money is being freed up for businesses.”
The relocation cost approximately $2 million. The new facility will open March 19 in the Killeen Business Park.