"History has shown that we meet our stated commitments, and we know FeneVision will help us support this promise going forward"
Nestled among the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains lies Virginia Glass and Virginia Mirror, whose origins began 103 years ago as Virginia Mirror Company, supplying mirrors to the rapidly growing Virginia furniture business. The resounding success of Virginia Mirror and its expansion into a state-of-the-art silvering line led to the development of Virginia Glass Products in 1956, a subsidiary of Virginia Mirror Company.
California-based architectural glass company GlasPro’s ability to emerge at the top of their game despite the recent economic downturn is only one of the many reasons the company is as unique and resilient as the glass they produce. With this renewed confidence, GlasPro recently decided to implement FeneVision as their production software.
“People evaluating ERP systems today want to know whether the software will help them grow,” says Geoff Roise, owner of Lindsay Window & Door in North Mankato, Minnesota. “FeneVision has certainly helped us grow as we’ve expanded from two to four locations over the past five years.”This includes getting FeneVision ERP up and running at new locations in under two weeks, Roise says. Lindsay was started in 1947 to make wood sash replacements. It evolved into a vinyl window company, which Roise’s father bought in 1989 and Geoff joined in 2001. The company now fabricates windows in Illinois, Missouri and Georgia in addition to Minnesota.
Smaller window and door makers have fewer resources to invest in improvements, overcome downturns or counter aggressive competition. This makes Seaway Manufacturing, a modest-sized window, door and sunroom company based in equally modest Erie, Pennsylvania, notable.
Peter Koops outlines how FeneVision has guided the evolution of his company to an even more successful glass enterprise.
Dutch glass fabrication company Van Noordenne considers itself unique compared to most glass outfits, citing its business model as one-of-a-kind. With multiple manufacturing and transportation facilities, combined with the rare ability to provide their customers with a full range of glass products, Van Noordenne prides itself on its speedy and flexible operation.
It is upon these pillars that the company was built.
The managers at KAB Allglass knew the company needed to begin making safety glass or the Hamburg-based glass distributor risked getting squeezed out of the market.
“It is difficult for glass wholesalers today to survive between the producers and the users,” says Darko Grnjak, managing director and partner of the 40-employee company. “Producers are selling further downstream and shops are trying to buy glass direct.”
[rev_slider alias="testimonial_westcoastglass"] "Our business is supplying insulating glass to high-end window and door manufacturers who make wood, aluminum and steel windows and doors throughout Southern California. They pay us more because we deliver higher quality. Our units go into windows and doors shipped all over the country. Our customers' end users don't care about ASTM standards or that glass is for looking through and not at. They think they're buying diamonds. They've paid a high price and if they think they see a problem, they're not living with it." Started from nothing "I started this business from nothing in 1988. I had helped one company start their IG operation with a washer, a sealant pump and a handcutting table. After that I went to work for a window company, where I got an understanding of all the issues and how pre-installed quality is so important. It became my mission. Back then, IG was still new...
[rev_slider testimonial_syracuseglass] "Our company was started in 1909. A willingness to change over the years is a big reason we're still in business and growing more than 100 years later. Syracuse Glass was initially a glass distributor but over the years evolved into a fabricator. In 1973, we began making insulating glass as an early adopter of double glazing. In the early 2000s, we sold off our auto glass business, which at one time was 50 percent of our revenue." Making it easy to do business with us "Today, we manufacture insulating glass for commercial projects, shower enclosures, all-glass storefronts and custom aluminum storefronts with Tubelite. We have 90 employees and intensively service customers within 250 miles of Syracuse. We made it through the 2008 recession in part because our small commercial niche and slow-growth region are less susceptible to boom and bust. But we also came through because tough times always bring out the...
[rev_slider testimonial_tristar] "We started Tristar Glass Products from scratch in 2005. In 2015, we'll open our third fabrication facility and reach 200 employees." We're an architectural and decorative glass fabricator certified by PPG and Guardian. Most of our business comes through commercial glazing companies. Caring for customers is a big part of what we preach from the top down. We take pride in it. Service and loyalty sets us apart. We have a higher level of commitment to the extra things. We rush orders, we do favors. We get the right products to our customers on a timely basis and try to never say no." Gaining market share and quality people "I had worked in the industry for many years and owned a glass fabrication company with my brother, which we sold in 1995. When my non-compete expired in 2005, I immediately opened Tristar for business. I saw the need and felt we could do...