Heartland Glass

www.HeartlandGlass.com                                January, 2017

HG Header Image Block #4
Turning 100!

Birthday Girl

Gladys Snyder

Welcome to the January edition of the Heartland Glass newsletter!
I am starting off this year's newsletter series recognizing one of the most amazing women I know. Her name is Gladys Snyder and she happens to be my wife Kathy's grandmother.

Gladys turned 100 on January 12th and Kathy and I traveled to Deer River, MN to help her celebrate her birthday, an event we weren't going to miss. For those of you unfamiliar with Deer River, it is a sleepy town of 937 located in Northern Minnesota. It's located in the Chippewa National Forest and logging has been a big part of its history. In fact, being the camp cook for a logging operation was one of Gladys's first jobs. Her husband Roy worked as a logger and Gladys took the job so she could be close to Roy. Their home during those years was a canvas tent with a wood stove. Gladys honed her cooking skills cooking for the lumberjacks and still cooks like she is feeding thirty hungry men!
My wife Kathy and her grandmother Gladys
Listening to her share stories from years ago is priceless and has made me appreciate who she was and who she came to be.
The experience of growing up in a small town without many opportunities for employment but succeeding because of her and her husband Roy's entrepreneurship truly amazes me. For a time they owned the local newspaper. Roy was the press operator and Gladys was the lead reporter and editor. After selling the paper, they continued printing in their garage and Gladys continued to do side jobs even after Roy's passing. One of my favorite stories is when the local funeral director called on the phone and Gladys answered him by saying she wasn't ready to talk to him! He explained that he was just calling to place an order for a printing job.
Roy and Gladys also made and sold home-made maple syrup, delivered the local mail and did what it took to raise three children.

All three of their children went to college and became successful teachers making Gladys very proud. You see, Gladys is a teacher in her own right, she just doesn't know it. She has taught our children the power of giving. Let me explain; Gladys's husband Roy's body gave out on him and he spent his last years residing in the Deer River nursing home. Gladys continued to live in her home (and still does to this day) but visited Roy every day. This led to an annual tradition on Christmas of the entire extended family visiting the nursing home and singing Christmas carols to Roy and the other residents. Roy passed away several years ago but Gladys continues to visit the nursing home, volunteering her time, arranging for bus trips for the residents to see a play or enjoy the fall colors. And of course, t he family's annual visit to the Deer River Nursing Home on Christmas carries on to this day. Well done Gladys, well done!
Brin Glass Company is over 100 years old -- 105 to be exact. Statistics show that the average life of a typical business is 10 years. The average life of a Fortune 500 company is 40-50 years. I attribute our success partially due to the way we continue to evolve and grow which provides opportunities for our employees. But the #1 reason we have prospered over 100 years is our employees. This might sound too simplistic but it's the truth. We have built a culture where we offer a safe and stable environment for our employees to succeed and provide for their families. This stability can be measured by the length of service of our most tenured employees. You can see from the list in our employee feature that stability is replicated at every division of our organization and has been a key to our success!
As we close our year-end on January 31, I want to thank you for the business that we shared in 2016 and look forward to a mutually beneficial 2017.
Happy New Year!   
~ Bill Sullivan
President/CEO, Heartland Glass
President, Brin Northwestern

  Take a tour of some of our recent projects

Dick_s Sporting Goods
DICK'S Sporting Goods, Waite Park, MN
   DICK'S Sporting Goods, the largest U.S.-based, full-line omni-channel sporting goods retailer, opened its 10th store in Minnesota and 653rd store nationwide on Friday, August 12, 2016 at Marketplace Shopping Center in Waite Park, MN. Former Minnesota first baseman Kent Hrbek was even in attendance to celebrate.

Chisago County Jail

Chisago County Jail and Law Enforcement Center,

 Center City, MN

The Chisago County Sheriff's Office Jail is a linear style facility that houses persons charged or convicted of crimes of all levels within Chisago County. The jail includes 176 beds, inmate services, intake/release and jail administration.

Clara Cita Aquatics Center
Clara City Aquatic Center
Camp Olson YMCA

Camp Olson YMCA, Longville, MN

The project includes a new kitchen with renovated existing dining hall.

Pace Manufacturing

Pace Manufacturing, Maple Lake, MN

Arkansas-based Pace Industries is building a $6.3 million  manufacturing addition in Maple Lake, Minnesota.  The die casting company will add 60,000 square feet and renovate its existing plant. The expansion will result in 20 new jobs.


Robin Hall

Robin Hall on the University of North Dakota campus,

Grand Forks, ND

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.  The 12 1/2 story tower element of the building was enclosed on all sides using a Tubelight Curtainwall system that was fabricated and installed by Brin Contract Glazing.


 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 programs in the world.
Heritage Living Center

Heritage Living Center, Park Rapids, MN

Heritage Living Center's $14.2 million replacement and restoration project continues to evolve on Park Rapids' western perimeter, its completion now expected by mid-2017.  Hubbard County commissioners toured the work-in-progress that will house 64 residents in four identical neighborhoods with apartment-like features.   The facility will have three power supplies, built to hospital and school codes.

Thank you to all of the general contractors, project supervisors, schools, organizations, and vast variety of companies and businesses who have entrusted us to be a part of your projects!

January Featured Employees:
  The Stars of our Team
Heartland Glass and our affiliates are very happy to honor some of our longest- term team members as our Employees of the Month for January 2017.

The biggest single attribute that affects the success of our company is our people. One of the most important selling features that we offer our customers and why they choose to business with us is our experienced team of professionals. To highlight our experience, I have compiled a list of our most experienced team members. Thank you for your service!
Heartland Glass Co., Inc.
Mal Patton       37 years
Ken Schueller   34 years
St. Germains Glass
Rob McCabe     36 Years    
Kelly Ziegler      32 Years     
Roger Pierre     30 Years     
Gary Johnson   29 Years     
Lee Carlson       28 Years    
Brin Glass Company
Doug Nelson      38 years
Cathy Hartmann 31 years
Brin Glass Service
Tom Hoffer           38 years
Richard Izzo         37 years
Tim Weis               33 years
Doug Kohagen     28 years
Brin Contract Glazing
Bruce Hames       42 years
Brian Hames         38 years
Jeff Oppegard       25 years
Northwestern Glass Fab
Stan Mariska       43 years
Martin Mazurs     35 years
Douglas Beal         33 years
Brian Beal             31 years
Scott Hale              29 years
Jim Stockamp       24 years
Mark Nesheim     22 years
Joel Bullard           22 years

We're honored to have all of these incredible people as part of our team!

  Your specs, our showers
Alumax has the options the pros choose
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



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. 




Affiliated Companies: 

St Germain's Logo



Glass Service-Brin

In This Issue

Quote to Consider... 




Join Our Mailing List 



For more information on our quality vendors click on the images below:   


Kawneer logo



Old Castle Image



viracon logo

Wausau logo  


alumax logo  


CRL logo   


Andersen Windows Doors Logo 





H Window Logo 


 Vector Windows 


Kentwood Mfg  


Tubelite Logo





Current Projects

Albany High School
Albany, MN

Anderson Trucking Services
St. Cloud, MN 

Bemidji SRE
Bemidji, MN
Blattner Energy
Avon, MN 

Buffalo High School
Buffalo, MN
Camp Olson YMCA
Longville, MN

CCH Plaza
Monticello, MN

Ceilo Apartments II
Fridley, MN
Chisago County Jail
Center City, MN
Clara City Aquatic Center
Clara City, MN 
Cologne Water Treatment
Cologne, MN
Country Inn and Suites
St. Cloud, MN 

Country Manor South
Sartell, MN
Danco Transport
Clear Lake, MN
 Douglas County Hospital Surgery Expansion
Alexandria, MN



Dicks Sporting Goods
Waite Park, MN

DNR office
Glenwood, MN
Eagle Heights Apartments
Eagle Bend, MN

Elk River High School
Elk River, MN

Fed Ex Freight
Waite Park, MN

Forsman Farms Processing
Howard Lake, MN
FMC-Mora Medical Building
Mora, MN
   Glacial Ridge Medical Center
Glenwood, MN
Glencoe Hospital
Glencoe, MN 
Glencoe Regional MRI Remodel
Glencoe, MN

Heritage Living Center

Park Rapids, MN 



Hutchinson High School
Hutchinson, MN
Jacks of Eden Valley
Eden Valley, MN

Leafline Labs
St. Cloud, MN



Little Falls ECFE
Little Falls, MN

Mitchell Assisted Living
North Ridge Village II
Nystrom Otsego 
Otsego, MN

Pace Industries
Maple Lake, MN

Paynesville Apartments
Paynesville, MN

Paynesville Elementary
Paynesville, MN  

Pioneer Public TV
Granite Falls, MN

Prairie Vista
Altoona, Iowa

Prime West Health
Alexandria, MN


Rice Memorial Hospital
Willmar, MN

Ridgewood Villa
Glenwood, MN

Roosevelt Education Center
St. Cloud, MN

Royalton Schools
Royalton, MN

Sartell Community Center
Sartell, MN

Sauk Rapids Municipal
Sauk Rapids, MN

St. Cloud Hospital Emergency Trauma Center
St. Cloud, MN

 St. Cloud National Guard Armory
St. Cloud, MN
Saint John's University
Alcuin Library
Collegeville, MN

Saint Paul's Catholic Church
Sauk Centre, MN

Sauk Centre Hospital
Sauk Centre, MN
The Estates at Arbor Oaks
Andover, MN
The Legacy at Farmington
Farmington, MN

VA Building 49 South Wing
St. Cloud, MN

VA IT Center
St. Cloud, MN

VA Laundry
St. Cloud, MN

VA Patient/Staff Bldg
St. Cloud, MN  

VA Rehab Center
St. Cloud, MN
Victory Court Apartments II Sartell, MN
Villages of Creekside
Sauk Rapids, MN

Waconia Manufacturing
Waconia, MN

Wakefield Township 
Willmar Poultry Testing
Willmar, MN


Willmar SMS
Willmar, MN 
Willow Breeze Apartments
St. Cloud, MN
Woodland Village Townhomes
Blaine, MN
XCEL Energy
Monticello, MN
Industry Events:



GANA BEC Conference

Feb 6-8

Las Vegas, NV



GANA Annual Conference

March 14-17

Hilton Head, SC



Glass Expo Northeast '17

March 30-31

Huntington, NY



AIA National Convention

April 27-29

Orlando, FL






 Contact us:

(320) 259-1679

Heartland Glass Co., Inc.

401 Sundial Drive

Waite Park, MN 56387