Volume 48, Issue 10- October 2013
Western Expansion: Contract Glaziers Find
Opportunity in Colorado
Alliance Glazing is not alone. Other contract glaziers based in Colorado, including Hillcrest Glass of Longmont, Colo., have also been growing and expanding. Hillcrest recently opened a new location, as well.
For Alliance, Craig Carson, who served previously as vice president of sales at A-1 Glass Inc., also in Englewood, will oversee the new branch as regional construction manager.
“We’re excited,” says Dan Shields, Alliance Glazing’s national sales director. “We have a lot of stuff going on. A move like this only keeps that going.”
Alliance had long viewed Colorado as another potential destination point, and moves to the state in recent years by a number of their top customers only cemented the company’s thinking along those lines, Shields says.
Colorado seemed a perfect fit for a family-owned company that has long prided itself on the high-quality of service it provides.
“You always want to keep your options open and an open mind to different opportunities,” Shields says, “but the more opportunities we were getting, the more it made sense. The types of projects in Colorado are compatible with what our company does.”
The biggest challenge, Shields says, was making sure the new office was self-sustaining from the outset and not a hindrance on any of Alliance’s other ongoing operations. To that end, Carson was brought on board. Other new hires include several new project managers, a superintendent, a contractor and an estimator.
For Hillcrest Glass, its new location will help it better serve the commercial market, which accounts for roughly 70 percent of their business. Owners Lisa and Michael Sklar say the new 5,000-square foot facility that opened in late April has allowed them to centralize commercial equipment, as well as their fabricators, project managers, estimators and glaziers.
Located near the interstate highway in Frederick, the new location’s closer proximity to both nearby Denver and Fort Collins will help Hillcrest run a smoother overall operation, Lisa Sklar says. Trucks now headed to either city can be loaded up at night.
“It was a big step for us,” she says. “It’s a lot easier now for us to jump on the highway and get where we need to get going.”
Hillcrest continues to manage its residential business from the company’s original location in Longmont.
The new location is nearly triple the size of the company’s original site and includes 1,000 square feet of dedicated office space. Michael Sklar will split time between the two locations, while his wife will continue to be based in downtown Longmont, where the company performs repairs and sells retail items such as shower doors and mirrors.
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