Frank Dlubak, a major figure of the glass industry, died Saturday at the age of 75. The former owner of Dlubak Corp. was known as an inventor and entrepreneur.

Frank Dlubak

When he was 12 he began working with his father designing stained glass windows for churches. In the 1970s, he started Dlubak Corp., where he developed techniques for bending and strengthening architectural glass. There are many in the industry who credit Dlubak with creating today’s market for bent glass.

He also customized curved windows for buildings, and invented glass-bending machinery to make unique designs and angles possible. His designs and products have been used in many iconic locations, including the Statue of Liberty, the Liberty Bell, the Sears Tower in Chicago, the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, Rockefeller Center, the Prada Store in New York, the Smithsonian space exhibit, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the cylindrical glass columns at the entrance of Disney stores. Dlubak also designed and produced the engraved glass paperweight favors that were given to guests at former President George H.W. Bush’s inaugural ball.

According to his daughter Alyssa Bodiford, Dlubak was proud of the glass he made for military Humvees, which had a special coating to help protect against spalling from shrapnel.

“What was really touching were the testimonials of the soldiers who said that we had saved their lives,” she says.

Dlubak was awarded the Pittsburgh Humanitarian Award and the Pennsylvania Small Business Association Innovation Award. In 1998, he was inducted into USGlass magazine’s Glass and Metal Hall of Fame for his contributions to the industry.

When he was inducted into the hall of fame, Bodiford, used the words “inventor” and “innovator” to describe her father.

She adds that his warm personality was one of his defining traits.

“People in the industry are always telling me what a great person my father is. The women and men at Dlubak are always excited when Frank is in the house. He exudes a positive energy,” said Bodiford about her father when he was inducted into the Glass and Metal Hall of Fame.

Those traits will be remembered now, nearly 20 years later, and beyond.

“He was known for being a good man. He was a friend to everyone he came across. Always positive and energetic. He had a warm hug for everyone,” says Bodiford.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Melanoma Research Foundation.

At Dlubak’s request, there will be no viewing. A memorial service will be held at a later date. His obituary can be read here.

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  1. I first met Frank when I started with the Ford Glass Div. and though I was his senior in years He taught me a lot about what can be done with glass. He was really proud of his seaplane he kept on the river. A call on Frank was always a treat.

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