Heartland Glass

www.HeartlandGlass.com                                  August, 2015

Skydiving Sullivans

Greetings and welcome to the August edition of our newsletter!
 
This month at Heartland Glass we say farewell and good luck to a loyal long time employee, Tony Osborn. Tony has worked for Heartland for almost 24 years as a Journeyman Glazier, and most of those he served the role as lead foreman. This requires the mechanical skill set of being able to lay out a project and anticipate conflicts in the drawings and/or design that will impact our scope of work. Being a foreman also requires the "soft skill set" of being able to communicate to both internal and external customers. Tony was particularly good at communicating with the onsite personnel including the general contractor team and other subcontractors.
As an owner, I am really pleased when I am on the receiving end of a phone call from a customer praising an employee who performs well. Tony had his share of those types of calls. We are going to miss Tony but as I told him when he informed me that he was contemplating a career change, I was excited and happy for him. I really believe in supporting the goals of my employees even if they don't necessarily involve us. This may sound strange to some but our supportive culture is one of the many reasons our employees work at Heartland Glass!
 
A few weeks back our family traveled back to southern Wisconsin for a Sullivan family reunion. It was great to reconnect with aunts, uncles and cousins from all over the country. Our reunions don't happen as often since the passing of my grandparents but their spirit remains strong. Part of their spirit apparently involves taking risks as ten of us went skydiving as part of our making family memories together. The group included my brother, his son, my daughter Kiley and even my 75 year- old Dad! It was a memorable time and a great kick off to the reunion.
 
I am also sad to report that our Irish Heritage isn't as strong as we once thought. One of the cousins traced back our ancestry and found that at one point a child was adopted into the family who had Italian/Greek heritage. My Irish turns out to be more like 5/8! This won't prevent me from celebrating being Irish but may explain my love of gyros.
 
Have a great rest of the summer -- school will be back in session before we know it!
 
As always, we appreciate your business and interest in Heartland Glass and wish you and your family good health.
 
Be well!

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



 City of Roseville perks up it's parks

 
 
 
Heartland Glass is proud to have been chosen as the glass contractor on the year-long $19 million Roseville park renovation project that included multiple sites and ample coordination. The multimillion dollar overhaul included new park shelters at six locations, refurbished tennis courts, trail connections, playground replacements and natural resources restoration.

"This was a rehabilitation of most of the parks in the city of Roseville," said Garrity Gruber, Heartland Glass project manager. "A number of them had new community buildings constructed for summer use and that's where we came in."
 


Heartland  provided Andersen E Series aluminum clad wood windows in all of the new structures.  "Originally, the project was severely over budget," Garrity said, "But Heartland Glass, along with all the other subcontractors, started to propose cost-saving solutions without reducing the value of the end product."
Heartland Glass installed windows in new buildings at Lexington, Oasis, Rosebrook, Autumn Grove, Sandcastle and Villa parks. 
 
Knutson was the contractor, and HCM was the architect on the project. 
 



August Featured Employee,  Tony Osborn
 
You could almost say that the glass business is in Tony Osborn's blood. 
  
His grandfather, Tom Osborn owned Orbit Glass in Crystal, MN and his father, Mark, was a Glazier for Harmon Glass and Gopher Glass. 
  
Tony got into the trade in the late 80's and has been with Heartland Glass for 23 years and 10 months. "I came here in 1991 to fill a 2-week opportunity and ended up staying," Tony said. "It's been a good run. Everybody here is so knowledgeable and great to work with."  His stint at Heartland will come to an end in September when Tony moves on to a new position as an apprentice instructor at the Finishing Trades Institute teaching students about the challenging and rewarding life of a glass Glazier.

As a Glazier, Tony has selected, cut, installed, replaced and removed residential, commercial and artistic glass. He has also installed aluminum storefront frames and entrances, glass handrails and balustrades, shower  enclosures, curtain wall framing and glass and mirror walls. These are all skills he hopes to pass on to the up and coming trades people.
 
"My favorite part of this job is the challenges we come across," Tony said, "Every job poses something different and I like to solve the problems that come as part of the creativity and challenge of the work."
 
Tony has seen a lot of changes in the last two plus decades at Heartland Glass. "I was the third Glazier when I started and now there are more than 30 employees here," Tony said. "The technology is certainly different. The jobs are bigger and more intricate of course. We've grown a lot but we still have that small, family-company feel. It's a good atmosphere and it's been a great place to spend my career."
 
"I'm looking forward to passing on what I already know  to a bigger group of people and truly making a difference in someone else's career," Tony said, "Who knows where this road may lead to."
 
In his free time, Tony enjoys hunting and fishing and spending time with his bride, Trish, and their dogs. They like to  take time to travel together and early every summer they rent a cabin on Mission Lake with friends. "It's nice to just relax now and then," Tony said.
 
Thank you Tony for your years of service to Heartland Glass. We wish you the best!


Heartland + Alumax = Sweet Showers! 

Showers made out of glass

add lots of class to any bathroom.


Heartland Glass has some of the best partners in the business. One of our long-term relationships has been with Alumax shower products. We carry the Alumax line because we believe that high-quality, high-class shower enclosures, sliding shower doors, frameless glass shower doors, corner shower enclosure and neo-angle shower stalls can all add a lot of personality and style to your bathroom no matter what individual layout you may have.
 
Alumax has been a leading US bath and shower enclosure manufacturer since 1949. They are committed to total customer satisfaction as well
as the production and on-time delivery of the highest quality shower doors in the industry.
 
Whether you are looking for a sliding shower door, pivot, hinged, or heavy glass system, A
Neoangle showers are a creative space-saver.
lumax has the product to match any specifications. Available finishes include brushed nickel, oil rubbed bronze, chrome, satin, polished and more. Alumax's proprietary Stik Stall product line provides maximum flexibility to fit any shower space.
 
Standard and custom shower door and shower stall enclosure designs are available and customers can choose from many glass patterns including privacy, (obscure), reed, rain and flutex to create a custom shower solution. Alumax shower doors offer excellent value with the very highest quality for today's bath designer and homeowner

For more details about this Heartland Glass product, or others like it, please contact Lynette Zima at lzima@heartlandglass.com.




 


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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Heartland Glass Co., Inc.

401 Sundial Drive

Waite Park, MN 56387

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