Heartland Glass

www.HeartlandGlass.com                                 December, 2015

Badger family.

Welcome to the December issue of our newsletter. We are so thankful that you take an interest in our work. We count you as one of our many blessings here at Heartland Glass!
As is pretty typical with the holiday season, our thoughts turn to family, friends, gifts, making memories and of course...football.
This Thanksgiving break our family had the opportunity to take in the Badger versus Gophers game at TCF stadium. I am a big fan of college athletics and in particular college football. Our family enjoys attending games and we especially enjoy the rivalry between the Badgers and Gophers. You may know that the winner of the annual football game is awarded rights to the traveling trophy known as Paul Bunyan's axe.
Bucky's back!
Having lived in Minnesota most of my adult life, I have many friends who are just as passionate about their Gophers as I am about my Badgers and we enjoy trading barbs back and forth over the years.

Although Bucky has been on a run lately I am sure the Gophers will turn the tables soon enough and win the axe back. I just hope I'm not there to see it!

Sometimes the greatest gift we can give is our time. Recently, my friend Lee Hurd, Vice President of Bursch Travel, and I had the honor of speaking to Cheryl Kelley's business management class at North Hennepin Community College. First off, I really admire both Lee and Cheryl for all that they have accomplished in their fields. I have learned a tremendous amount from each of them on leadership and managing people so when I get to spend time with them I really take the time to listen to what they have to say. During our visit with the students, Lee and I had the opportunity to share some insight on our careers and what we have learned over the years. The students were attentive and asked great follow up questions. I was impressed with their questions and ambitions and have to admit I wasn't really sure that I could offer any real insight for them. I learned pretty quickly that the students appreciated all that we had to share and I received several e-mails thanking us for taking the time to speak with them. So I learned something from that exchange -- slow down and take time to share what you know with others, you'll be glad that you did. A perfect example of that is the story of Tony Osborne you'll read here in a minute. He was on our Heartland Glass team for more than two decades and recently became an instructor at a technical training center, leading students on a path of success.
While we're on the subject of leadership, I am blessed to have strong leaders in place at Heartland, Brin and St. Germains. As we wind down 2015, our revenues are ahead of 2014 and our first quarter backlogs for 2016 are as strong as ever. This is a testament to the hard work of all our team members and of the vision of our leadership team. As a new hire recently shared with me on his first day of work, "It was refreshing to see all the smiles on everyone's faces." This might seem like a small thing, but it really makes me proud!
All of us at Heartland Glass and the Brin Glass Companies wish you and your families the very best and hope that you have a very Merry Christmas! 
~ Bill Sullivan
President/CEO, Heartland Glass
Executive Vice President, Brin Northwestern 

 Heartland Glass offers safety film for shower doors

Tempered glass is no guarantee that it won't break. Safety film from Heartland can help! Watch this video to learn more.
Tempered glass is no guarantee that it won't break. Safety film from Heartland can help! Watch this video to learn more.

Your bathroom sanctuary could be home to a hidden danger - your glass shower door. Innocent looking enough, some shower doors, especially fluted designs, are prone to shattering. Shower doors, like the windshield of your car, are made from tempered glass which means if they are broken, they are meant to shatter into small nugget-like pieces and not fall apart in large, sharp shards.

When shower doors shatter, it is most often caused by impurities in the glass that expand and contract when subjected to the elements. If the glass undergoes too much stress, it breaks - sometimes even without anything touching it.

Injuries from shattered glass can be avoided by having anti-shatter safety film installed on your bathroom shower doors. The clear film is practically invisible but provides much-needed protection in the case of spontaneous breakage or accidents. Safety films are created from heavy-duty polyester bonded by special adhesives that holds broken glass together.

Many of you may have seen or heard about a recent news item that was featured on one of the Twin Cities television stations that warned about the potential dangers of tempered glass.
This feature created several inquiries to Heartland Glass by customers concerned about their shower door. Although there is a small risk that any one particular piece of tempered glass may spontaneously break, it is designed to break in a way that will lessen the chance of serious injury. I can say that we only receive 1-2 reports of this happening every couple of years.
If you are concerned, we would be happy to apply the safety film to the tempered glass that will keep it intact should it break. For replacement shower doors or for an estimate on safety film for your glass shower doors, please contact sales@heartlandglass.com.

December Featured Former Employee, 
Tony Osborne
Pat Root, Heartland team member and apprentice at FTI.
Admittedly it may seem a bit strange to honor a former employee, but we have our reasons.
In September of this year, we wished long-term colleague Tony Osborne well as he launched a new career as an apprentice instructor at the Finishing Trades Institute of the Upper Midwest in Little Canada, MN.

After nearly 24 years with Heartland Glass, Tony wanted to step down off his current career ladder and turn to teaching. He had an opportunity from the Finishing Trades Institute to share his wealth of knowledge and talent with the next generation of glass professionals.
Brin Contract employee, Chris Parks, installing aluminum storefront at FTI.
We could respect that.

The Finishing Trades Institute of the Upper Midwest is an ideal setting for professionals to enhance their skills and propel their careers to the next level. The institute serves current and potential workers in the finishing trades industry throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and western Wisconsin. FTI-UM provides training and career opportunities in four primary industries:
* Painting and Wallcovering
* Drywall Finishing
* Glazing and Glassworking
* Sign, Display, Screen Process, and Tradeshow Working

"The new position is going well!" Tony said, "I've been to Maryland twice now for  training at our international training center and have learned the people both here and there truly want to see everyone succeed. " Tony's glassworking group currently has around 110 students involved in the program both as Glaziers and Glassworkers. "As the students progress, we have several new training modules which offer a hands-on approach to training to both storefront and curtainwall. We also have a modern welding lab to enhance those skills as well." Curtainwall and storefront are a huge part of what the FTI glassworking program does, but Tony still wants to see the apprentices come out of FTI with some of the old school techniques of glass replacements as well as being able to troubleshoot hardware to preserve that type of work. "My goal here is for everyone to leave here with the fundamentals they need, to be well rounded and  an asset to any company they work for," Tony said.
With skilled laborers becoming increasingly harder and harder to find, we fully support and encourage the work of FTI and all they do to enhance our workforce for the future.

Chris Parks and Patrick Root, taking their skills to the next level at FTI.
The entire Brin organization supports the FTI and the Painters and Allied Trades Union in their efforts to train and educate our tradespeople.

 We are especially proud of the fact that our local is one of two in the entire country that is an accredited college.

Architecture MN magazine feature
Brin towers above the rest when it comes to replacement panels for the iconic IDS building.

Since 1972, the glorious glass fašade of the iconic IDS building in downtown Minneapolis has reflected thousands of city lights and years of sunscapes.  How does all that glass maintain it's integrity for forty-plus years in the extreme temperatures and demands of a Minnesota climate? Well, honestly, it doesn't. Even with excellent design advantages including curtain walls that were designed to let water weep out from underneath them, the glass does still break and the seals do fail from time to time. Glass replacement is a pretty steady chore at the massive building and includes about 50-70 new panels annually. One storm in 1979 caused $4 million in damage and destroyed 12,000 windows. Initially, the original glass manufacturer provided replacement panels, but when they stopped providing them in the 1980's, the owners of the building turned to Brin Northwestern Glass who was able to replicate the original characteristics of the glass.
Keeping the glass clean is also essential to maintaining the integrity of the glass and keeping the weep system free from clogs. The IDS building now has two window-washing rigs to stay on top of the cleaning.
The building's deep mullions provide excellent rigging stability for the cleaning equipment as well as general stability. Overall, the curtain walls are performing very well and will be in place for many generations to come.

Check out these fun facts about the IDS building!
Check out these fun facts about the IDS building!


Discontinued Anderson storm doors 
are going out the door

 Hot off the shelves, Andersen discounts storm doors for the season.
Heartland Glass is a proud Andersen product distributor and one of the hottest Andersen line of storm doors is available now for deep discounts.
All Andersen« Contemporary Deluxe Series Full View Storm Doors remaining in inventory are 15% off the base price, while supplies last. The remaining inventory is limited, but some of our top selling doors are still available.
If a new Andersen storm door is on your Christmas list, contact sales@heartlandglass.com today!

Andersen Windows and Doors is just another great reason Heartland Glass can provide unique, quality, budget-conscious solutions for our clients.
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Halenbeck window Heartland Glass is a full service glass company serving both commercial and residential customers throughout Central Minnesota and beyond. 


Specializing in:
  • Curtain Walls
  • Architectural Windows
  • Aluminum Doors
  • Storefronts
  • Glass Hand Rails
  • Heavy Glass Entrances
  • Glass and Glazing
  • Windows for New Construction or Replacement
  • Custom Shower Doors
  • Refurbishing 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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