Glass Enjoys 50 Years in Business
After 50 years in business Corbin Glass in Corbin, Ky., is looking
forward to continual diversification and growth. The business was
founded by J.C. Carr (who passed away in 1993) and today is still
family-owned and operated, with Carr's son Jacob serving as president;
Jacob's son A.J. serves as the vice president.
A.J. Carr explains that the company was started in the back of
an old used furniture company. "He [J.C. Carr] began making
glass shelves, mirrors and glass tops. Due to being in such small
town it was of great benefit for the furniture company to be able
to supply glass without having to go to another source, which at
the time was many miles away," says Carr. "Since that
time we have grown to service not just retail, but are also the
largest glass contractor in Eastern Kentucky. We've completed projects
from Florida to New York." Carr says his company only bids
about 20 percent of their projects. "We have customers that
have traded with us for more than 30 years," he says.
while Carr says the company does travel for projects, which mainly
focus on commercial construction, they have nor lost sight of doing
local work, too.
"We still take care of local glass replacements and window
glass," says Carr. "We added heavy glass shower enclosures
to our business in 2002, and that has really been a good move."
Though the company has seen major growth after 50 years in business,
Carr says there have still been hurdles to overcome.
"The greatest challenge by far is the ability to keep this
business profitable even through slow times; that's why we have
kept ourselves diversified," says Carr. "We manufacturer
our own insulating glass, which helps us keep cash flow by wholesaling.
We keep an inventory of miscellaneous hard-to- find parts, and other
companies call us when they are unable to find something. We are
also a metal fabricator, which allows us to make break shapes and
metal extrusions for various other construction entities. Cash flow
is the toughest part of any business and using our skills efficiently
enables us to keep moving ahead."
The company is indeed moving ahead, as Carr says they've recognized
several of the growing trends and are taking steps to stay active
"I see the blast-mitigation market and high-performance glass
for more greener projects our next step. We have just completed
two battalion offices at Fort Knox and we used blast-mitigated products
there," says Carr. "There are several more contracts coming
our way in Fort Knox as well as Fort Campbell, and I see us doing
more federal work in the future. The use of LEED products is on
the rise, too, and I hope to get involved in that sector soon."
With all the work the company is taking on right now they've not
yet been able to schedule a 50th anniversary celebration, but Carr
says they plan to do so in the next few weeks.
"It will be a cookout and open house for the community with
inflatables for the kids. It will offer the opportunity for people
to see first-hand our operations inside and out."
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