Heartland Glass

www.HeartlandGlass.com                                 April, 2016

Sullivan's Gobbler

Seizing the Opportunity
Welcome to the April addition of the Heartland Glass Newsletter!
April means the Minnesota spring turkey hunting season is underway and my father in law, Jerry "Duke" Snyder and I were fortunate enough to be drawn for the 1st season. I really enjoy turkey hunting. It's hard to beat the interaction between you and the gobbler when you have a "hot" Tom responding to your calls just out of gun range and you spend an hour trying to convince him to come closer. Last season we came up empty despite having a couple of quality opportunities during the opening morning. I chose to wait because it was early and we were sure to have more opportunities present themselves. Well this strategy backfired and we came home empty handed. Not wanting to have history repeat itself, I was determined to take the first mature Tom that presented itself this season.
Duke and his Jake.
At first light opening morning, three nice birds flew down from the roost within a 100 yards of our decoys. Soon after, several more birds flew down into our decoys and one was a mature Tom. Once he came into range I pulled the trigger and down went the Tom. I whispered to Duke to take one of the Jakes and he replied it was no big deal if he shot or not.  One Jake in particular was curious about my decoy and was milling around for a several minutes until my father in law decided to take the shot after all. So by 6:33 AM of the first day of our hunt we were done. Bagging two birds doesn't happen very often. In fact it has only happened one other time in the 15 or so years we have been hunting so this was a special hunt!
At times when we get busy we might initially pass on preparing an estimate for a project for one reason or another. Sometimes we think a better opportunity might come along or in some cases it might be because we don't have a track record with a particular contractor. Often those better opportunities don't present themselves, just like in hunting. In hunting, when you don't shoot when you have an opportunity you won't be successful. Similarly in the bidding world, when we don't seize the opportunity when it presents itself we won't be successful either...
Our first quarter was fairly strong considering that construction activity was slow to get going. This means that our strong back log will get compressed into a shorter time frame stressing our field labor. Communicating with our customers will be imperative in navigating through the 2nd and 3rd quarters but we'll work through it.
I would like to close my message by recognizing that Minnesota lost an amazing musician when Prince passed this past week. I respected him not only for his musical talents -- I will always remember when I saw him play at an impromptu concert at First Avenue -- but also for the way he took on the music industry and fighting for ownership of the very music he created! That's one man who didn't wait for second chances to come his way.
Thank you for taking time out of your day to read our newsletter, we wish you continued success as always!

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


Keep on Trucking;
Heartland Glass teams up with
Anderson Trucking Service on their new
service and maintenance building

Heartland Glass gets on board at the new Anderson Trucking service and maintenance building.
Anderson Trucking Service recently constructed a new service and maintenance building and Heartland Glass had a hand in the glass components.  Garrity Gerber was the Heartland Glass manager on the job. "Up front, I worked closely with RA Morton to value engineer the building to help get it within budget," Garrity said, "After we were awarded the contract, it took a lot of collaboration between ATS' Facility Manager Scott Follett, RA Morton job Sup Don Emslander and Project Manager John Meyer and myself." 
White obscure glass offers privacy with a contemporary flair.
The team opted to put in monumental doors in select locations to withstand heavy traffic.  "We put in a reflective bronze glass to reduce the amount of glare interior, while still allowing for large amounts of natural light," Garrity said. "We also changed the interior glass to be a white obscure option in their conference rooms so they can use them as white boards and to better match their corporate office."
Heartland Glass put in sliding transaction windows in the shop area.  "We used exterior windows for an inside application to reduce noise transferring from the shop to the offices, Garrity said. 
The biggest challenge on the project was making the long runs of windows straight.  "The soffit and sill knee walls varied slightly, so we had to pick a size and shim it accordingly so that we were straight all around," Garrity said,"Lead glazier Ryan Huber did a tremendous job initially laying out the windows and making the corners square and the horizontals true."
Thank you to RM Morton and Anderson Trucking Service for partnering with us on this great project!

UND Aerospace Robin Hall Building continues to take shape

One of our most extensive projects to date is progressing well.
The University of North Dakota "Robin Hall" building, part of the UND Aerospace Foundation and the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, is looking more complete every day.    

Here are a few scenes from the site.
 A Wasco Pinnacle sloping skylight system was 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.
The height challenge doesn't seem to bother our guys as they steadily make progress on the 12 1/2 story curtainwall tower enclosed on all sides by a Tubelight system.

April Featured Employee 
 Garrity Gerber
Garrity Gerber,  Sales Manager
Heartland Glass is very happy to honor Garrity Gerber as our Employee of the Month for April.
Sales Manager, Garrity Gerber, has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from St. Cloud State University and lives in Sartell with his family.  He brings a wealth of sales, promotion, window and glass knowledge to the team at Heartland.
"I really enjoy the work we do," Garrity said, "This industry gets into your blood and you constantly look at every window in every building everywhere.  My wife, Missy, hates when I point out problems with entrance doors, or identify the different types of storefront construction when we are out shopping." 
"I came here with a wealth of window and glass knowledge, but have learned storefront and curtain wall over the last 3 years," Garrity said, "Every project is very different and I enjoy the diversity of what we do.  I enjoy watching a building go up and knowing that my products are incorporated into it."
Daughter Juno Gerber
He also enjoys working close to home. "In my past positions, I had been working for large companies and was expected to travel an immense amount," Garrity said, "I love that here I really know all of my co-workers and get to work on significant and interesting projects, but I also get to go home at the end of the day." 
 Two main reasons he was attracted to Heartland Glass was that the nature of the business is varied but that most of the work is focused locally which gives him more time with his family.  "Missy and I have two children, our son Jax, who is three, and our daughter, Juno, who is two," Garrity said. "Most of the time I'm not at work is spent chasing them around!"
Son Jax Gerber

Garrity also serves as an Elder at Riverside Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Sartell and helps with the finance and worship committees.  "I also play drums in the worship band from time to time," Garrity said.   They like to spend most weekends at their cabin near Crosby, where they enjoy four wheeling and fishing.  They also spend time with Garrity's parents in his home town of Brandon, near Alexandria, or at Missy's parents' home by Long Prairie.  "I'd love to also be hunting pheasants with my Brittany Spaniel Remi, but free time is hard to find these days!" Garrity said.
You can reach Garrity at: ggerber@heartlandglass.com

Wasco Skylights;
offering energy-efficient,
unique lighting solutions
Heartland Glass is proud to be a Wasco Skylight product distributor.
Wasco Skylights is one of America's largest skylight manufacturers. Founded in 1935, Wasco offers a full line of commercial and residential daylighting solutions made in the U.S.A.

Wasco Skylights provides energy efficient skylights in a wide variety of colors and styles. The commercial and home daylighting solutions help save on energy costs for both homes and businesses, while brightening the environment with plenty of natural light.
In addition to providing environmental benefits, Wasco Skylight products are designed to improve the aesthetics of any building and add a unique design element to homes and other structures. Home skylights are available in many styles, which allows customers to easily find the right skylight for a flat or pitched roof. Some of the features offered in various pyramid and plastic dome skylight designs include hurricane resistant glass, motorized venting systems, temperature controls and rain sensors.
If Wasco Skylights are on your wish list for your new executive home or commercial project, contact our team at sales@heartlandglass.com.
Wasco Skylights are just another great reason Heartland Glass can provide unique, quality solutions for our clients.



Heartland Glass is a full service glass company serving both commercial and residential customers throughout Central Minnesota and beyond. 




Specializing in:
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  • Architectural Windows
  • Aluminum Doors
  • Storefronts
  • Glass Hand Rails
  • Heavy Glass Entrances
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  • Custom Shower Doors
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