The Clear Picture; May, 2018
Evolution
It's been quite a year at Heartland Glass since our last
e-newsletter. There may have been a pause in our reports, but that's because we've been busy undergoing a bit of an evolution here at our
Waite Park, MN location.

We have some new faces on board and have said goodbye to a few others. As many of you know, Bill Sullivan, Heartland Glass CEO and President for many years, took on the tall task of President of our parent company, Brin Glass Company, in Minneapolis. Sitting in his chair and shouldering his responsibilities here at Heartland has been an honor as well as a challenge. Bill may not be in the building, but his influence clearly is, and as the leader of our parent company, he still plays a key role in our operations.

We've also welcomed several new team members including project manager, David Pennertz, glass fabricator, Jake Thorson, and metal fabricators, Jose Viera and Tony Schul.
Ryan Torgerson
A variety of interesting projects have been rolling through the door in a steady stream and we are grateful for our full production logs. 2017 was a record-breaking year for Heartland Glass as we experienced a solid 20% sales boost over 2016. That is a great sign of our excellent local construction economy as many of our jobs last year were close to home; a fact that our field glazier team appreciates a lot! That morale booster has been a great benefit for our company.

We look forward to staying in touch with what is keeping us busy here at Heartland Glass and as always, thank you for taking an interest in our company and our products.

~ Ryan Torgerson, General Manager
You "Otter" See This New Exhibit at the Pine Grove Zoo!
There will be some fun and furry additions arriving at the Pine Grove Zoo in Little Falls, MN soon -- otters! And Heartland Glass is playing a big part in the creation of their new home.

Heartland Glass got involved with the new otter exhibit through an employee connection and it has been a unique addition to our project portfolio.
The planned river otter exhibit at the Pine Grove Zoo in Little Falls will be attached to the main building near the bear and tiger exhibits and will allow visitors to climb into glass tunnels where otters will swim around or above them.

The otter exhibit will essentially be a large glass-enclosed aquarium allowing easy, close-up viewing of otters while offering a buffer between the animals and the zoo guests.

For more than two years, staff from the zoo have been carefully considering the visibility, safety and comfort of otter's home, visiting other sites with otters so they can learn what the zoo should copy and what to avoid. The zoo will build a large pool with two 15-foot wide windows looking into the pool and three six-foot wide windows looking into the otters’ land habitat. Visitors will also be able to climb into two glass tubes which protrude into the pool, allowing otters to swim up to or above the visitors. The various glass elements, especially the viewing tubes, required some special attention  and research. The glass in the tubes will be 3-inches-thick and Heartland's engineers had to research details like the weight and swimming speed of otters in order to do it right.
 
This feature will set Pine Grove Zoo apart from any other zoo within 12 states. Of the $295,000 cost for the new exhibit, almost $200,000 has been provided by the city of Little Falls and through various donations including Heartland Glass.
 
"This has been a perfect community-based project for us to be involved with," said Heartland General Manager, Ryan Torgerson, "We're happy to lend our resources and expertise to help provide this experience."

Shiny New Showroom - Come check out our new Space$000,000.00
Come on in to Heartland Glass and see our shiny new showroom space complete with multiple glass shower door displays and other fresh glass ideas for your home or business. Want to set up a time to do some shopping? Call us ahead of time and we'll be happy to reserve a time to meet with you and go through options with you.
Welcome to the Team!
The heart of Heartland Glass is our people. We'd like you to meet the newest members of our crew; from left to right:
 
Jake Thorson – Glass Fabricator
David Pennertz – Project Manager
Jose Viera – Metal Fabricator
Tony Schul – Metal Fabricator
 
List of Current Projects
Albany High School
Albany, MN

Avon Apartments
Avon, MN

Blattner Energy
Support Building
Avon, MN

Capital One
St Cloud, MN

CCH Ophthalmology
Sartell, MN

CCHP
Coborns Healing Center
Sartell, MN

Chisago County Jail
Center City, MN

College of St Benedict
Athletic Complex
St Joseph, MN

College of St Benedict
Mary Hall
St Joseph, MN

College of St Benedict
Murray Hall
St Joseph, MN

Crossing at Elm Creek
Maple Grove, MN

Discovery Church
Sauk Rapids, MN

Eden Valley/Watkins
Elementary School
Eden Valley, MN
Falcon Heights
Rochester, MN
First Presbyterian Church
St Cloud, MN

Firstlight Health System
Mora, MN

Georgetown on the River
Fridley, MN

Glencoe Regional Hospital
Glencoe, MN

Granite Landing Apartments
Cold Spring, MN

Hutchinson High School
Hutchinson, MN

Little Falls Middle School
Little Falls, MN

McLeod County Jail
Glencoe, MN

MLBO Community Center
Isle, MN

Morrison County Jail
Little Falls, MN

Nystroms and Associates
Sartell, MN

O’Malley Kron
Land Surveyors
Cold Spring, MN

Pine Grove Zoo
Little Falls, MN
Quarryview Education Center
Waite Park, MN

River of Life Church
Cold Spring, MN

Rivers Edge Elevator
St Cloud, MN

St Cloud Hospital
NICU
St Cloud, MN

St Cloud WTF
St Cloud, MN

St Mary’s Church
Little Falls, MN

Sartell/St Stephen
High School
Sartell, MN

Sibley County Facility IM
Gaylord, MN

Terrace Glen Village
Marion, IA

VA Hospital
IT Center
St Cloud, MN

VA Hospital
Patient Staff Building 95
St Cloud, MN

Windsor Greene Villas
Waite Park, MN

Zion Lutheran Church
Little Falls, MN
Heartland Glass is a Full-Service Glass Company
We serve both commercial and residential customers throughout Central Minnesota and beyond. Specializing in:
  • Architectural Windows
  • Aluminum Doors
  • Storefronts
  • Glass Hand Rails
  • Heavy Glass Entrances
  • Glass and Glazing
  • Windows for New Construction
  • Replacement Windows
  • Custom Shower Doors
  • Refurbish Shower Doors
  • Specialty Mirrors
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