Heartland Glass

www.HeartlandGlass.com                                      December, 2014 

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Remember the REASON for the SEASON!
Sullivan family Christmas!
Welcome to the Heartland Glass December 2014 newsletter! 

Time flies -- it seems like only yesterday that we were celebrating Thanksgiving and next week we are celebrating Christmas. Some of you may recall from past newsletters that the Sullivan family has spent every Christmas at my wife Kathy's grandmother's house. Well there was that one year our son Shawn had an asthma attack and we had to take him to the Deer River Hospital. We ultimately had to pack up and go home early. Boy was that a fun Christmas! Kathy was miserable because Shawn was on a nebulizer (man I don't miss those things) and she was missing Christmas Day at her grandparents and then our daughter Kiley ended up getting sick. Her sickness was somewhat self-induced as we took the kids to a movie and she ended up eating a little too much popcorn, candy and a cherry Slurpee to top it off. Ever try to get cherry Slurpee stain out of a carpet? Not fun.


Grandma Gladys

Back to our tradition. What makes our tradition extra special is the person who organizes our family get together, Grandma Gladys. Gladys is a special person. She turns 98 this January and still lives on her own.


This amazing woman still  volunteers at the Deer River Nursing Home twice a week, makes Christmas wreaths from scratch  for the family and even manages to do a few print jobs on her type set printing press in her garage.


Christmas has become important to Gladys because it's one of the few times that most of the extended family get together to celebrate. It's also important to her that we share our spirit with the residents at the Deer River Nursing Home. You see Gladys's husband Roy spent the last years of his life in the nursing home. Not wanting him to miss out on the family get together, Gladys arranged for all of us to go to the nursing home and share our musical talents (I have none!) by singing and playing Christmas carols.

It has expanded to serving the residents Christmas goodies and punch after the program. Roy has since passed but Gladys has made sure the tradition lives on. The residents truly appreciate our visit and we have come to look forward to this experience. For that I say thank you Gladys for teaching us what the meaning of Christmas is all about!


2014 is shaping up to be one of our better years at Heartland and the entire Brin organization. I am thankful and appreciate the hard work that our team members have put in this year to make this happen. 2015 looks to be as strong or better and we are looking for the right opportunities to expand into new markets and products. We also continue to recruit and hire new staff members and have begun networking with several regional colleges and universities career centers to introduce our industry to new graduates.


I want to take this time to thank all of you who take the time to read our newsletter. I appreciate the positive feedback and suggestions.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your families! 


~Bill Sullivan
President/CEO, Heartland Glass
Executive Vice President, Brin Northwestern

Lessons in glass at Saint John's University;

Hill Museum and Manuscript Library


We shared this story  about this wonderful project at Saint John's University with you a few months ago, but now that the renovation has wrapped up, we wanted to share the latest images with you. Enjoy!


Last April marked the beginning of a $2.3 million update project on the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library at St. John's University that included beautiful new glass features from Heartland Glass.


Renovation of the original space includes a new main entryway and foyer that is accessible through SJU's Alcuin Library; a welcoming study space and reading room; six private study offices; and a new 820-square-foot classroom that supports innovative and collaborative scholarship with smart technology, wireless network connections and other educational tools. The heating, ventilation and air conditioning, fire and security systems were also updated.


As far as the glass goes, half-inch tempered glass office fronts & glass doors with custom hardware were installed by Heartland Glass. Interior back painted window sill glass was used and three and four-sided glass display cases with glass shelves were suspended by cables in the new space.  Approximately 200 lites of glass were used on this project and the entire job was vertical silicone caulk butt glazing.


 "It wasn't an easy project by any means," said Dan Winters, Heartland's project manager on the job, "We had roughly a 3-month schedule to get the project completed. It took a lot of measuring and layout to get everything sized correctly but everything fit really well thanks to the precision layout from Luke our draftsman.  The glaziers in the field did a fantastic job on this project!"   


December Featured Team Member;  
       Ken Schueller


Ken Schueller

 To contact Ken,

please e-mail him at KSchueller@heartlandglass.com

As the son of former owner Ray Schueller, Ken Schueller has literally grown up at Heartland Glass.  Now officially a commercial Senior Project Manager, Ken has held many roles including field work and fabricating since he started on staff right out of high school.

"I see myself as pretty well rounded when it comes to working here," Ken said. "The most rewarding part is watching a project from start to finish."

Two of Ken's most rewarding projects were the Crow Wing Judicial Center in Brainerd, MN and the Benedict Arts Center on the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, MN. "I love new challenges," Ken said, "and these projects were very diverse. No project has ever been remotely the same and I like that part of our job."

"Our quality of service and ability to tackle any challenge is what sets us apart," Ken said. "We are even certified to do specialized security installs for jails and prisons."


  Weeping Windows?


It is that time of year when the temperatures have dropped and we begin to receive phone calls from customers with questions related to condensation on their windows.  Our friends at Andersen Windows have created a section on their website to help answer questions that homeowners may have about condensation on their windows.  Check it out here:


Learn more about window condensation from the Andersen Window experts here.


 If you have questions or concerns about condensation, please call the Andersen Windows customer contact center at 888-888-7020. 


Here are some more tips:

Limit moisture sources 

    * Cure damp basement or crawl space problems. Cover any bare crawl space soil with a plastic vapor barrier. Correct grading and drainage problems. Seal basement walls and floors. Ensure that the sump pump keeps the water level 8 to 12 inches below the basement floor.
    * If your furnace has a built-in humidifier, turn it off. Also, turn off the water supply to the humidifier. Try leaving this humidifier off year-round unless your home becomes extremely dry.
    * Vent your clothes dryer to the outside. Don't air-dry clothes indoors.
    * Eliminate plumbing leaks.
    * Limit plants, aquariums and pets.
    * Store firewood outside.
    * Never use unvented fossil fuel burning devices like kerosene heaters indoors. Burning fossil fuels creates carbon dioxide and water vapor, introducing excessive moisture into your home. It can also create dangerous carbon monoxide.
    * Check gas-fired appliances (furnaces and water heaters) to make sure they are drafting properly up the chimney. A backdraft would release carbon dioxide and water vapor into the home.
Try these tips:

    * Open curtains and drapes to increase air circulation around windows.
    * Direct warm-air supply ducts toward windows or even use a fan for increased air circulation at windows. Operate ceiling fans.
Use ventilation fans in bathrooms. Add fans if you don't have them, and route the exhaust outside your home. After a shower or bath, run the fan until the room is dry. This may require adding a timer switch in place of the regular fan switch.
    * Be sure kitchen exhaust fans are routed outside, and use them when cooking.
    * Evaluate attic ventilation. All bath and kitchen exhaust fans must exit the attic. There should be no hints of moisture (mildew or ice crystals) in the attic. In general, attics should have one square foot of free-air ventilation for each 150 square feet of attic floor space, or one square foot of ventilation per 300 square feet of attic space if there is a continuous vapor barrier. Half of the ventilation should be high on the roof and the other half in the over-hangs. Make sure lower vents aren't blocked by insulation.
    * When the outside air is dry, open windows to "air out" your home and remove moisture.
Of course we'd be happy to take a look at your home or office and tell you what we see as window professionals. Call us any time for an energy audit of your window systems.
Irish Colcannon
  • 3 - 4 large russet potatoes, peeled, cubed, and boiled
  • 3 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoon milk or half and half
  • 4 - 5 strips bacon, crisped and crumbled (optional)
  • 1/2 small head of cabbage, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 - 4 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, rough chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

     Peel, cube, and cook potatoes in boiling water until tender.

     Crisp bacon in a large skillet. Remove and place on a paper towel. Reserve fat in the skillet. Crumble bacon when cool enough to handle.

     Add cabbage and onion to the skillet with the bacon fat and sauté over medium heat until onions become translucent.

     Add garlic and cook for another minute. Remove from heat.

     Drain potatoes and rice them into a large mixing bowl.

     Add butter and milk, whip potatoes until smooth (add milk only as needed for consistency).

     Fold in cabbage and onion mixture, two-thirds of the bacon, and parsley.     

     Season with salt and pepper to taste.


Transfer Colcannon into a serving dish and top with butter and the remaining bacon. Garnish with some fresh ground black pepper and parsley.



Heartland Glass is a full service glass company serving both commercial and residential customers throughout Central Minnesota and beyond. 
We specialize in:
  • Curtain Wall
  • Architectural Windows
  • Aluminum Doors
  • Storefront
  • Glass Hand Rails
  • Heavy Glass Entrances
  • Glass and Glazing
  • Windows for New Construction or Replacement
  • Custom Shower Doors
  • Refurbish Shower Doors
  • Specialty Mirrors



To learn more about our full line of glass products and services, contact us or stop by our Waite Park showroom.



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