Distribution Production  
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Brin Northwestern Glass  
Rebrands and Relocates  
rin Glass Co. is making a few  
Bill Sullivan, president of Brin Glass  
moves this year to improve effi- Co., says these moves were made for  
ciency and set itself up for future a number of reasons, particularly the  
growth. The Minneapolis-based com- growth opportunity of Northwestern  
pany relocated and renamed its distribu- Glass Fab, which is now operating in a  
tion and fabrication division in May.That facility nearly 50 percent larger than its  
business,formerly known as Brin North- previous home.  
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Northwestern Glass Fab remodeled  
western Glass Co., is now called North-  
western Glass Fab and is stationed in so that prompted the need for a larger new windows, office space, HVAC  
Fidley,Minn.,just outside Minneapolis.  
space,”he says.“Along with that, we de- system and lighting.  
“We outgrew the facility we were in, its new facility earlier this year with  
Meanwhile,the company’s Minneap- cided we really wanted to separate that  
olis-based contract division, Brin Con- division from the rest.”  
change for everyone,”both internally for  
tract Glazing, will move to Brin Glass  
Co.’s headquarters with its service di- other division have an installation  
vision, Brin Glass Service, by August component, while Northwestern Glass been out there so long and has such  
. The headquarters facility previously Fab is strictly a glass and aluminum a great reputation, that it was hard for  
housed the distribution and fabrica- fabricator. people to understand the need for the  
tion division.  
“We sell to a lot of glass dealers and change initially,” he says. “But it starts  
Sullivan says all of the company’s employees and externally for customers.  
“The Brin Northwestern name has  
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Its two subsidiaries, Heartland contract glaziers that end up being com- to make sense, especially for our cus-  
Glass Co. Inc. in Waite Park and St. petitors to our other divisions,” he says. tomers when they come out to see our  
Germain’s Glass Co. in Duluth, are op- “So we really wanted to distinguish that.” new facility and see how efficient it is.”  
erating as usual.  
Sullivan says the name was a “big  
The company began planning the  
relocation last August to work out lo-  
gistics and new order systems. Brin  
then took possession of the building  
February 1 of this year and gutted it for  
a remodel.The actual move-in took the  
entire month of May.  
Sullivan says the company only lost  
four to five days of production.“I’m re-  
ally proud of the way our team came  
together for this,” he says.  
SAF Adds Coil  
Processing Line  
outhern Aluminum Finishing  
Co. (SAF) recently installed a  
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cut-to-length aluminum coil  
processing line in its SAF-West plant  
in Redding, Calif.  
The line includes a corrective  
The new aluminum coil processing leveler and can handle 0.024- to  
line at SAF-West can handle 0.024- to 0.125-inch-thick aluminum coils up  
While the fabrication division now has  
more room to work, so will the contract  
division when it moves to the company’s  
headquarters.“There will be lots of room  
to grow there,too,”says Sullivan.  
In addition,Northwestern Glass Fab is  
now a Tubelite Inc. distributor partner.  
“We have been a Tubelite customer  
for the past several years. We’ve been  
impressed with their outstanding qual-  
ity and performance and are excited  
to expand our partnership with them,”  
says general manager Stan Mariska. n  
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.125-inch-thick aluminum coils up to to 60 inches wide. Also, the leveler’s  
rollers give SAF the capability to meet  
surface-critical requirements for  
painted and anodized aluminum coil processing, according to the company.  
The coil processing line supports both existing SAF manufacturing and third-  
party toll processing orders from other manufacturers in Northern California. It  
also adds to SAF-West’s 60-inch blanking line production capabilities.  
60 inches wide.  
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USGlass, Metal & Glazing | July 2016  
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