Heartland Glass

www.HeartlandGlass.com                                December, 2016

Welcome to the final edition of the Heartland Glass newsletter for the year. I thought I would share a brief review our past year with you.
January- My wife and I relocate to Blaine, MN near Minneapolis after 26 years of living in the St. Cloud area.
Jessica Hanson at Heartland Glass secures Heartland's largest school project to date, an addition at the Royalton High School.
St. Germain's Remodeling Phase 1 starts.
February- Brin Glass Company expands its operations to Fridley and begins remodeling in preparation for our Distribution and Fabrication divisions relocation.

March- Brin Glass Company launches a re-branding of the company and splits Brin Northwestern into Northwestern Glass Fab, Brin Glass Service and Brin Contract Glazing.
St. Germains Phase 1 remodeling project completed-Bisso has a home.
April- Spring turkey hunt was successful!
May- Northwestern Glass Fab moves to remodeled warehouse in Fridley, MN. The 100,000 sq. ft. facility will allow us to grow our distribution and fabrication business.
June-Remodeling of our corporate office in Minneapolis begins.
July- Marks the 32nd anniversary of the start of my career at Brin Glass.
August- Three generations of Sullivan's Flag Island fishing trip.
September- Brin Contract re-locates to the newly remodeled corporate office. US Bank Stadium Opens as the Vikings beat the Packers (boo...).

October- St. Germain's Phase 2 remodeling starts.
November- Successful deer opener!
December- Celebrating my 26th year with Heartland Glass!
As you can see 2016 was an eventful year that had its challenges. Despite these challenges our team remained focused on driving our sales to new heights and surpassed our forecasts for the year. The challenges that we faced will also provide our companies new opportunities for future growth. Decisions to expand and re-brand don't come easy, but knowing that you have the employees to take on these challenges makes those decisions easier. This is a credit to our team members throughout the Brin organization. Well done team!
As I close I want to thank our customers for giving us the opportunity to service them. I want to thank our trade partners for helping to create an environment where we both can be successful. I want to thank our employees for their hard work and dedication to their craft. And last but not least I would like to thank my family for their love and support.
Wishing you and yours a Safe and Happy Holiday season!
Merry Christmas!
~ Bill Sullivan
President/CEO, Heartland Glass
President, Brin Northwestern

Brin Northwestern reaches for the stars at the  new University of North Dakota aerospace  program headquarters.

 UND Aerospace's newest addition, Robin Hall, is the new
headquarters for the unmanned aircraft systems programs
at UND's John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.

One of our team's towering achievements this year was being included on the construction team for the unique and extraordinary aerospace studies structure at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. The 66,000-square-foot, $25-million Robin Hall took over a year to construct.

Elias Tovar, Brin Senior Project Manager said that glazing the skylight on the UND Aerospace Building had its unique challenges.
"One notable challenge was the scale and height of the work to cap off the 12 ½ story tower with a metal framed skylight which was designed with a steeply sloped pitch," he said.
"The surrounding areas of the tower lacked any outside catwalk framing to work from, so to make it accessible for manpower, equipment and material staging, Brin Contract Glazing brain stormed and devised a unique solution," Elias said.
Brin glaziers installed an engineered floor truss deck system at the skylight base to provide a staging area for materials and to provide access to the anchor locations for the aluminum rafter and purlin sections that would be set overhead using a crane. From this vantage point Brin's glaziers successfully installed the rafters, purlins sections and glazing to cap off the tower curtainwall work.
In all, the Brin team logged 7,774 man hours. Brin's portion of the project started in November 2015 and wrapped in June 2016.
The materials list include Tubelite 400 CW Screw Spline and pre-glazed, Tubelite 400 Shear block curtainwall, Tubelite 200 Shear Block curtainwall, Tubelite E4500 and T14000 I/O Storefront Systems, Tormax TX9300 singleslide automatic doors, Wasco Pinnacle 600 LTG Metal framed skylight system, Wasco custom half round barel vault polycarbonate skylight system at the skybridge and h eavy glass walls and sliding doors by CR Laurence.
Architectural rendering of the UND project.
The 12 1/2 story tower element of the building is enclosed on all sides using a Tubelight Curtainwall system that was fabricated and installed by Brin Contract Glazing. The metal panels and the Wasco Pinnacle sloping skylight system includes 17,500 pounds of steel reinforcement throughout the curtainwalls and 11,261 sq. ft. of exterior insulated glass.
UND'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 quickly becoming, one of the largest and most widely recognized program in the world.


The unique building with it's central glass tower is named after the husband and wife team Mary E. Bazar and Si Robin, who are president and vice president of Sensor Systems, a California-based manufacturer of aerospace antenna.

Robin Hall was constructed and is managed by the Aerospace Foundation, the private-sector support arm of UND Aerospace.
Thank you to the University of North Dakota for allowing us to be a part of your project.

December Featured Employee 
       David Pennertz
David Pennertz, Heartland Glass fabricator
Heartland Glass is very happy to honor David Pennertz as our Employee of the Month for December.
David is a new project manager who comes to us from Stockman's Landscape in Litchfield.

David has a bachelors degree in mathematics from Southwest State University in Marshall and started out as a math teacher before moving on to a 10-year project management stint for the landscaping company.

"I wanted a change in industries to something less seasonal," David said.

David enjoys playing amateur baseball, which is also a family sport with his dad and two of his brothers who also play amateur baseball.
"David is an extremely quick learner," said Sales Manager Garrity Gerber, "He picked up the concept of storefront in just a couple of days and has already began managing small projects and handling service work."

"I enjoy David's traditional and hard-working attitude towards work," Garrity said, "His level temperament and good attitude show through his interactions each day and I look forward to many years of collaborating on projects."

We're honored to have David as part of our Heartland Glass team!

  From classic to contemporary,
Weiland glass products fit the bill

The historic Hewing Hotel in Minneapolis.
Photo courtesy of the Hewing Hotel.

Heartland Glass and Brin are proud to partner with companies like Weiland, part of the  Andersen Window Company.

Brin recently completed a couple of projects featuring glass elements from Weiland; the historic Hewing Hotel, a century-old brick-and-timber warehouse in Minneapolis  and Knights Hall on the campus of Northwestern College in St. Paul.
The Weiland doors used at the Knight Hall project were the pivot series doors. Pivot doors are ideal for large, grand openings.
Northwestern University, St. Paul. Photo courtesy of Northwestern University.

Instead of  traditional hinging off of a jamb, pivot doors rotate on a pivot box and swing in, out, or both in and out.

Pivot doors are engineered and tested to meet weather ratings with a patent pending flush sill. It's an award winning design that is ADA compliant, with panel sizes up to 9' x 11'.

For more than 25 years, Weiland has been engineering and perfecting their glass products wi
th innovations such as flush tracks, interlocking jamb systems, large door sizes with performance ratings, and weatherized pocketing doors.

Since 1984, Weiland has been leading the way in performance, innovation, and quality of
precision-crafted European windows and doors ever since.

Today Weiland continues to push the boundaries of design and functionality.

For more information on the full line of products available at Heartland Glass, please check out our website at www.heartlandglass.com
or contact out sales department at sales@heartlandglass.com

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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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