Heartland Glass

www.HeartlandGlass.com                                November, 2016

Hello and welcome to the November edition of the Heartland Glass newsletter. I appreciate all of the positive feedback that I receive from our readers, thank you!
Well as I sit down to share our updates with you, it happens to be my daughter Kiley's 23rd birthday today (11/22/16). Her golden birthday year has been pretty significant for her in many ways. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May (Go Badgers!) and also secured her first "real" job. By all accounts she is enjoying her job and independence and that makes her mother and me very proud and happy. Happy Birthday Kiley!
Graduate Kiley Sullivan
Kiley's birth started a tradition in the Sullivan household of our family hosting Thanksgiving for my wife's side of the family plus anyone from my side of the family who dares to travel during the holiday. I think back to how it all started and was na├»ve to what goes on in putting on the feast.

Kiley was born on the Monday before Thanksgiving which meant she and my wife, Kathy, would be coming home the day before Thanksgiving.
Being protective parents, there was no way we were traveling with a newborn baby, so I suggested to my wife that we should host her family at our house. Kathy's reply, which has become a familiar one to me over the years, was "If you want to do that, be my guest!" Well I jumped in with both feet and cooked the entire meal with the exception of my mother-in-law Jan's famous wild rice dish.
Our 2016 Thanksgiving bird
It has gone that way every year since and I truly enjoy all that goes into hosting Thanksgiving.

My joy is a little dampened this year however because our son Shawn will be missing. He is studying abroad this semester in Berlin and is using the long weekend to visit England and stay with a friend's family. We will miss you Shawn!
We have a lot to be thankful for at work too. Our fiscal year ends on January 31, so we are just finishing the first month of our final quarter of 2016. I am proud of the efforts of our staff as they are having a record year (again)! Ryan Torgerson, General Manager, has led his team to new heights this year and has bragging rights over me as to best year ever at Heartland. Now I do have a competitive side to me but their accomplishments make me very happy and I am glad to be in second place. Keep it up!
On the Brin side, we have seen a little softening in distribution and contract side of the business due to projects not starting on time. We expect the softening in Minneapolis to be short-lived based on our back logs. Our Service and our Duluth division, St. Germains, continue to be busy and I look for them to finish strong over the last two months of the quarter.
I am looking forward to 2017 when all of our attention can focus on the growth of business segments rather than going through moving two divisions to new facilities. We put a lot of preparation into making sure the moves went smoothly, and they did, but invariably issues come up and they become distractions that take away from our focus on the business.
No matter how you celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you have lots to be thankful for and we wish you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving!

~ Bill Sullivan
President/CEO, Heartland Glass
President, Brin Northwestern

Heartland Glass takes on city hall
in Albany and Waite Park

Beautiful and bullet-resistant, the security glass at

Waite Park City Hall is no slouch.

Heartland Glass has been showing up all over town, in city hall to be exact. Recently, both the Waite Park City Hall and Albany City Hall beefed up the security in their lobbies by incorporating security-grade glass partitions.
"With the unfortunate continued increase in security incidents in Minnesota and the rest of the nation, there has been a major push for security in schools, government buildings, law offices and medical facilities," said Ryan Torgerson, General Manager of Heartland Glass. "This can pose many challenges for building design and remodeling."
New security glass at Waite Park City Hall.
The first step involves determining what material is to be used in the design such as steel, Kevlar or glass. From there, the construction team determines if a bullet-resistant or attack-resistant surface is needed, and  finally they figure out the  corresponding level of resistance that will be required. 

"That was the case with a couple of recent projects we had that involved increasing the security in their existing buildings," Ryan said. Both the cities of Waite Park and Albany were looking to provide better security including bullet resistance for their employees at the front desk areas of the public entrances at the city halls.  "With this in mind, they did not want walls or solid doors that close down the openings thus giving a dark or 'detention' look to the areas that citizens are coming into," Ryan said, "That's where we come in." 
New customer access window at Albany City Hall.
There was a definite need for glass and with as minimal of framing as possible to keep the areas open and inviting with natural light coming through. Also, there was a need for interaction with citizens coming in and to have the ability to pass papers and packages through the openings.  "We provided and installed frameless bullet resistant glass at the countertops along with locking sliding transaction windows to give the level of protection required for the employees and still have the ability to interact with customers and keep the large inviting openings," Ryan said, "Being able to solve a customer's problems and providing quality products is a great reward that I know is shared amongst our phenomenal team here at Heartland Glass."

Thank you to both cities for allowing us to be a part of your projects.

November Featured Employee 
       Pat Kennedy   
Pat Kennedy, Heartland Glass fabricator
Heartland Glass is very happy to honor Pat Kennedy as our Employee of the Month for November.
Pat is a fabricator who joined our team this fall.  "We're glad to have Pat on board," said Garrity Gerber, Sales Director. "He's a great new addition to our team and takes pride in his work."   

Pat's supervisor Bob Weihoff is glad to have him on board. "Pat  has only been here a short time, but is always here on time and ready to work," Bob said, "He understands the quality we want and has been quick to learn the fabrication end of the shop. He is a great addition to the Heartland Glass team."
Pat grew up in the St. Cloud area and graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School. He went on to the St. Cloud Technical College and St. Cloud State University.  He was attracted to the opportunity at Heartland Glass because it was a union-based skilled trade and a great opportunity to learn something new.
Pat appreciates the solitude, precision and focus of the job.  "My days are peaceful no matter what is going on around me," he said, "If it's busy or slow, my work is calming to me almost every day."
When he's not working with glass fabricating tools inside, Pat's kind of an outside guy at heart. An avid hunter and fisherman, Pat especially enjoys family time at their cabin on Lake Mille Lacs along with his girlfriend and their three dogs. "I love having friends over to experience the lake life," Pat said. He's also a multi-instrument musician and a woodworker in his spare time.

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

Rock-solid and bullet-resistant,
explore the different levels of security glass

Learn about the composition of bullet-proof glass in this video.
Heartland Glass is proud to partner with companies, cities and service centers that require additional safety measures such as bullet-resistant or ballistics glass. 
There are actually eight different levels of resistance with bullet-resistant glass. Those levels are designated by the Underwriter's Laboratory to determine the type of protection each level offers. UL conducts extensive tests on bullet-resistant glass, which determines what kinds of firearms each can withstand. Levels one and two, for instance, offer the most basic protection from small caliber handguns while level eight glass can protect against assault weapons. There are many factors that determine the level of protection that is needed including the type of business, location, perceived threat level and foot traffic levels. Once the glass type is determined, support and installation need to be factored in. The higher the protection level, the thicker and heavier it will be, meaning construction professionals have to accommodate how the foundation and framing will support the glass when installed.

Working with a glass expert like Heartland Glass will help iron out these questions and variables.

Want to see how Level III ballistic glass stands up to different caliber bullets? Check this video out for a demonstration.  
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
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  • Specialty Mirrors

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