Craftsman Glass Opens New Addition

A peek at the new addition at Craftsman Fabricated Glass.
GANA executive director, Stan Smith right, toasts Bob Lawrence, left, at Craftsman Glass' Grand opening celebration Wednesday night.

The expansion includes the latest manufacturing equipment such as an Ashton automatic Seaming and edge deletion line and a Hegla cutting line and a brand new double-bay Glassrobots tempering line.

Approximately 1,000 customers, suppliers and guest attended the opening house last evening celebrating the new addition. Visitors were treated to tours of the facility, along with a bar-b-que dinner and door prizes.

Guests came from as far away as Tampere, Finland as representatives from Glassrobots Oy, the main equipment supplier, were on hand as well. "It is very exciting for me to see this happen," said Howard Hanes of Salem Distributing. "I have known Bob [Craftsman president Bob Lawrence] for many years and can remember when he started in a shop not bigger than this," he said waiving his arms wide.

"What he has accomplished Craftsman Glass of Houston held a grand opening celebration for its new 115,000 square-foot addition to its facility in Houston yesterday. here is a real success story," he added beaming. Salem supplied much of the equipment used to clean and transport glass in the new facility.

"Bob Lawrence keeps doing what they say can't be done," echoed Virginia Lee, administrator of the Houston Area Glass Association. "He has put quality first and people said that quality wouldn't matter in Houston, but it does. It's nice to see success come from quality."

Lawrence led a tour of the addition himself and expressed optimism in the future, tinged with a bit of relief that the building was completed. "It was a long process and we learned a lot and, most importantly we are ready for business," he added.

Craftsman Fabricated Glass is a division of Glass Wholesalers Inc., and produces a range of fabricated glass products from tabletops and shelves to awards, recognition items and tempered glass.

The plant addition was also site of the first glass industry webcam broadcast, which was available on during the building phase.

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