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USGNN Original StoryRex Glass and Mirror Co. Celebrates 50 Years

Rex Glass and Mirror Co. Inc., established in 1958, is celebrating 50 years of serving the Greater Pittsburgh market with an array of glass products and services. The company is now gearing up for various celebrations and product promotions in 2008, including an Anniversary Gala aboard the Gateway Clipper in April.

"We'll have all the employees and their families and probably certain suppliers," says David Arnold, sales and marketing manager, of the gala. "This is quite an event for us. We have annual parties, but not anything to this extent. It's just a way of saying thank you to everybody."

With 50 years behind the third generation family-owned company, continual growth is on the horizon for the years ahead.

In 1996, the company expanded its operations with a new facility in Crafton, Pa. The original location in McMurray, Pa., still stands, and received an extensive renovation in 2000-2001. "We're looking at some additional stores; we have two right now," Arnold says.

As a matter of fact, Rex Glass was recognized in 2007 by the Inc. 5000 Group as one of America's fastest growing companies. As Arnold notes, the company employees who have reached their 20- and 25-year landmarks with the company, but new employees are continually being added. "We don't have a lot of turnover but our growth has really spurted in the last 20 years," he says.

Arnold adds that while the company continues to grow, it remains focused solely on glass. "We have dedicated ourselves to the glass industry. We have not diversified into other industries."

In addition, in the last six months the company was listed by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as one of the Top 50 Best Places to Work for companies under 50 employees, making 50 the big number for this glass company. As Arnold says, "A lot has happened this year."

Although its focus may be on employees during its April semicentennial celebrations, company president Don Rectenwald, Jr., says the company's success is due to its customers.

"The foundation of our success is building consumer confidence," says Rectenwald. "Dedicated customer service, coupled with quality products is our formula."

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