USGNN Original StoryAddison Glass & Mirror Prepares to Celebrate 30 Years in Business
August 14, 2009

Like a lot of companies, Addison Glass & Mirror in Dallas has seen its share of ups and downs this year. The company had to make some layoffs and continues to struggle through the current economy. However, the team at Addison Glass & Mirror, a family-owned and operated business, remains optimistic and focused on growth as it moves toward celebrating its 30th anniversary. Founded in 1980 by Tom Nelson, a past president of the Texas Glass Association, the company has primarily been a wholesale glass operation, servicing the area's small glass shops with products ranging from beveled glass tabletops to mirrors. Now, Shaun Nelson, whose father started the company, says they are focused on expanding their market to serve the general public as well.

"We're looking at adding more in-house options and capabilities and also increasing our delivery options," he says. For example, Nelson explains that they now take orders during regular business hours and cut the product at night, which helps them offer prompt service.

As far as the future, Nelson says there are a number of additional capabilities they are looking into, though expansion will be dependent on the economy.

"We've looked into adding frosting and tempering lines, as well as doing our own insulating glass," he says. "Getting into those processes would help us become more of a full-service business."

And he adds that being a small business (only five employees) is one of the company's greatest strengths.

"We're all able to communicate well and it's our attention to detail that really helps us get so much done," Nelson says and adds, "plus it's our experience. The company has been in business for 30 years; I've been working here for 20."

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