Heartland Glass

www.HeartlandGlass.com                                 January, 2016

Double trouble.
Doug Nelson, CEO of Brin Northwestern Glass Company and Bill Sullivan, President/CEO of Heartland Glass and EVP of Brin Northwestern Glass Company.

New Year,
New Beginnings
Happy New Year and welcome to the January edition of the Heartland Glass newsletter!
Wow, where to start.
Well, as many of you know, my family is moving from Sartell after 18 years. We're heading to Blaine to be closer to my Minneapolis office. Moving from a community that your family has called home for that long is a strain both on the family and on the relationships that you have built. We're hoping that the relatively short distance between the two communities will lead to lots of visits back and forth. Overall, we are excited about the move and establishing new relationships, exploring all of what the Twin Cities has to offer and living on a lake! It was also helpful that our children are OK with the move and weren't as emotionally attached to the home that they grew up in as we would have thought.
It's also hard to not be present at Heartland Glass on a day-to-day basis. After turning the lights on and off for the past 25years, it's hard not be present at Heartland Glass on a day-to-day basis. For those of you who have owned or managed a small business, you know that it can consume you if you let and it can also drive you to do things you didn't think possible. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I especially enjoyed working with a dedicated team over the years. I am excited to see their next phase of growth under Ryan's leadership knowing that I will still be a part of it only at a different level.
Normally I would close with an update on our business activity (still going strong!) but I need to say farewell to someone who is also going through a transition, only his is a bit different. Due to health issues, Dan Winters' career at Heartland ended on December 31st. Dan and I started at Brin in Minneapolis in 1984 and became good "work" friends.
Over the
We had a ton of fun at the Christmas Party at Mulligans in Sartell this year!
The special highlight of the night was a visit from recently retired Heartland team member Dan Winters and his wife, Linda and daughter, Kristan, who also works at Brin Northwestern.
years, we both moved into different roles and companies at Brin. To my knowledge, Dan and I were the only Brin employees to work at three different corporate locations. Our relationship transitioned from being peers to one of employer/employee. Navigating that change took longer than either of wanted but ultimately we were able to make it work. We both had a mutual respect for each other that made the transition smooth. I want to thank Dan for his dedication to his job. He made Heartland a better place because of it.
Thank you Dan!
All of us at Heartland Glass and the Brin Glass Companies wish you and your families the very best and hope that you are starting off your year on the right foot! 
~ Bill Sullivan
President/CEO, Heartland Glass
Executive Vice President, Brin Northwestern 



University of North Dakota

Aerospace Research Facility takes wing

 "Robin Hall" is a highly prominent structure with a central glass tower rising from the western part of UND's campus.

The University of North Dakota is home to a unique new research facility and Brin Glass is happy to be partnering on the project.

In 2015, the UND Aerospace Foundation and the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences broke ground on a UAS/aerospace research facility that will go a long way in serving the school's unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) enterprise as well as other aerospace related research activities.
The building will be named "Robin Hall" after lead donors Mary E. Bazar and Si Robin, and will be connected via skywalk to UND Aerospace's Clifford and Halls.

The 66,000-square-foot UAS/aerospace research facility is being built and managed by the UND Aerospace Foundation, private-sector support arm of UND Aerospace. The building's lead benefactors, Mary E. Bazar and Si Robin, are president and vice president, respectively, of Sensor Systems, a California-based manufacturer of aerospace antenna.

UND Aerospace's Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, which will be a major tenant of the new research building, was the first collegiate degree program of its kind in the nation and is rapidly growing into the largest and most widely recognized program in the world.

Brin's contributions to the project include installing Tubelite shear block curtainwalls, Tubelite E4500 and T14000 I/O storefront systems,
Tormax TX9300 single slide automatic doors, a Wasco Pinnacle 600LTG metal framed skylight system, a Wasco custom half-round barrel vault polycarbonate skylight system at the sky bridge, heavy glass entrances and interior storefronts using " clear tempered glass walls and low-profile CRL sliding door hardware.
The tower element of the building stands 12 stories above the ground and is enclosed on all sides using a Tubelite curtainwall system fabricated and installed by Brin Contract Glazing. The metal panels and a Wasco Pinnacle sloping skylight system were also installed by Brin Contract Glazing.
There are 17,500 lbs. of steel reinforcement throughout the curtainwalls and 11,261 square feet of exterior insulated glass.

January Featured Employee, 
Dan Winters 
Dan and his youngest brother Jim at a Paul McCartney concert.
Heartland Glass is very happy to honor Dan Winters as our Employee of the Month for January. Last December, a health issue caused Dan to wrap up his career in the glass industry after an impressive three-decade run.

A Fridley native, Dan Winters had been honing his skills in the glass industry in the Twin Cities market since he started at Heat Mizer Glass in Isanti in 1979. As a sales and project manager for Brin Northwestern for 28 years, Dan weathered many storms and come out polished and skilled as a result. He also met and worked with Bill Sullivan, Heartland Glass President, when they both worked under the Brin moniker. The two had talked of working together many times, but Dan didn't join the team at Heartland Glass until the fall of 2012. 

Prior to his recent retirement, Dan's favorite part of his job was being involved from start to finish on every project. "The one thing I wasn't used to was how much Heartland Glass travels to projects," he said, "North Dakota, South Dakota; they are willing to go anywhere to take on a new challenge. They are very aggressive that way." 
Stan Mariska, Dan's supervisor at Brin Northwestern, said, "Two things stand out in my memory of working with Dan over the years. The first is the loyalty Dan's customers had for him and second is the positive relationship Dan had with Brin Northwestern's Glaziers."
According to Stan, Dan's customers had a special comfort level with him. "I used to say that Dan's customers would feel bad if for some reason they had to give another glass company a project," Stan said, "Dan always got the last 'look'."
Stan also notes that Dan had the respect of Brin Northwestern's Glaziers. "It's not always easy for sales and project management people to have that relationship," Stan said, "The glaziers trusted his expertise and his judgment. Dan always got the job done, I never had to be concerned about the projects Dan was involved with because he would follow through until the job was completed to the customer's satisfaction."

Dan's daughter, Kristan, followed his path into the working world at Brin. It's a proud heritage. "Everyone here says how thorough Dad was and how all of his customers loved working with him," Kristan said, "He also cared about every single one of them."

Kristan said her dad has always been one to enjoy life to the fullest. He loves to go pontooning, vacationing and traveling, listening to music (he has been to over 100 concerts!), golfing & watching his grandson, Aidan, play any sport.
"When we were little, Dad loved to take us on road trips and visit amusement parks," Kristan said, "We always did a father/daughter golf tournament every year at Bunker Hills golf course."
Dan was diagnosed with Metastatic Melanoma with lesions last June which led to his retirement. Two tumors were found on his brain along with a masses in his lymph nodes and two in his lungs. Dan has had two tumors removed from his brain, Gamma Knife Radiation, permanent shunt surgeries and immunotherapy for his body.
Take THAT Packer fans!
In November, doctors found the Metastatic Melanoma had spread into his spinal fluid which required brain radiation treatments.  Dan is now in process of getting new treatment options through the Mayo Clinic.

There will be a benefit for Dan and his family on March 19th from 1-5 pm at the VFW in Fridley.  If you are interested in helping support the benefit please call or email:

Heather Pavlas
Winters Benefit Committee Member
Phone: 763-244-5881

Monetary donations can be made to:
Winters Benefit Fund
22365 7th St NE
East Bethel, MN 55011

Blattner Energy, Avon,  rolls out a massive new addition in the new year.
The expanded fitness center at the Blattner Energy headquarters in Avon, MN, is a room with a view thanks to a wall of windows courtesy of Heartland Glass.

There are some big changes going on at Blattner Energy in Avon, MN and Heartland Glass is getting in on the action.

Knutson Construction Services, Minneapolis, is heading up the major overhaul of the Blattner Energy headquarters which was originally built in 2008. The growing energy company is adding on a two-story, 23,300 square-foot space plus remodeling their current space which will allow for 87 new offices and work stations, a larger parking lot, a new auditorium and an expanded employee fitness center.


The two-phase project will be completed this spring.


Go curtainless! Innovative Anderson privacy patio doors feature blinds between the glass.

 Permashield Doors by Andersen are available with blinds in between the panes.
Heartland Glass is a proud Andersen product distributor and one of the hottest Andersen products is the
NEW Permashield door with blinds between the glass.
Permashield gliding patio doors give your home a contemporary look with energy saving performance and space-saving gliding operation. 
With a low-maintenance, durable surface that covers the frames inside and out, it'll provide years of reliable operation. 
*  Virtually maintenance-free.
* Never needs painting and won't blister or peel.
* Frame exterior resists dents, repels water and provides long-lasting protection.
* Laminated panels provide excellent structural stability and longevity.
* Aluminum sill with stainless steel capped roller track.
* Weather-resistant construction for greater comfort and energy efficiency.
* Weatherstripping is designed to seal out drafts, wind and water.
* Low-E glass options available to control heating and cooling costs.
* The blinds raise/lower and tilt.
*  Six exterior color options.
*  Durable low-maintenance vinyl interior matches the exterior color.
* Extensive hardware selection.
* Add style with grilles, exterior trim, or patterned glass.
If a new Andersen door is on your wish 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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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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"And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been." 
      ~ Rainer Maria Rilke



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Heartland Glass Co., Inc.

401 Sundial Drive

Waite Park, MN 56387