Aldora Aluminum and Glass Products, a Miramar, Fla.-based glass and metal fabricator, acquired Kentucky-based Louisville Plate Glass Co. (LPG). The companies announced the sale and purchase today.

With the acquisition, LPG will move into a new 60,000-square-foot manufacturing facility, which will add tempering to its fabrication capabilities.

“We are really excited to partner with Aldora and to provide our customers with added products and services,” says Bill Stone, president of LPG. “Our business has grown substantially, so the timing of the transaction along with the new facility couldn’t have been better.”

LPG was founded in 1911 and was previously part of United Glass Corp (UGC). According to the company, UGC planned to shut down LPG following the economic recession in 2008 and 2009. However, Stone purchased the company and helped it recover as the economy bounced back.

Despite increased revenue and nearly doubling its workforce in recent years, Stone was concerned about the long-term survival of LPG, as it lacked tempering capabilities and a family successor to be passed to—Stone’s children were all in careers outside the architectural glass industry.

He resumed talks with Leon Silverstein, CEO of Aldora, about an opportunity to join forces, which the two had discussed in the past. Since then, Stone, Silverstein and other investors purchased the new facility and have been remodeling and installing new fabrication equipment. Stone will remain active as president of LPG and a new shareholder of Aldora. Aldora projects LPG will have more than 100 employees by 2020.
Don Power, a 30-year industry veteran, was appointed branch manager. He has been supervising the installation of equipment and renovation of the property and has previously operated glass fabrication facilities in Indiana, Ohio, Florida, Virginia and New Jersey.

LPG will provide tempered glass, fabricated shower enclosures and fabricated glass in addition to its current line of insulating glass units, silicone coatings, laminated glass and stock sheet glass and mirror distribution. The new facility houses a NorthGlass/HHH tempering furnace with 96-by-196-inch capacity, as well as a jumbo cutting table, glass polisher and water jet. An upgraded residential insulating glass line will be relocated into the new plant. In addition to its own product line, LPG will expand its offerings to include products from other Aldora branches.

“We are pleased to add Louisville Plate Glass to the Aldora family,” says Silverstein. “Bill Stone’s team has a great reputation in the industry and we believe it will only get better with the capability that the new plant will provide.”

LPG distributes products throughout Tennessee, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. Aldora has five manufacturing locations, featuring full lines of glass and mirror products, including edgework, beveling, shower enclosures, tabletops, laminated glass and insulating glass, as well as all-glass entrances. Serving the East Coast from North Carolina to the Florida Keys, Aldora also manufacturers hurricane-resistant, blast-resistant and non-impact aluminum storefront and entrance systems.