Sciola Buys Hartung Glass Industries Back from UGC

The consolidation that made up United Glass Corp. (UGC) has gotten smaller. Nick Sciola, president of Hartung Glass Industries Inc., has bought back the Western operations of UGC, which includes Hartung Agalite Glass Co., Lami Glass of Canada and Northern California Glass Inc. The transaction makes Hartung Glass Industries a wholly owned, independent, local company.

"A return to a wholly owned and independent basis will re-ignite our entrepreneurial spirit and further create value-added products and services for our customers," said Sciola.

Northern California Glass Co. was formed in July of 2002, when Randy Steinberg, a former UGC founder, purchased the Los Angeles, San Diego and Phoenix operations of GlassWerks from UGC. The remaining GlassWerks operations in Northern California then became Northern California Glass Co., which operated under the name Hartung Glass Industries, led by Sciola.

Sciola is the third to buy his company back from UGC. Thad Ziegler was the first in 2000, followed by Steinberg in 2002.

UGC, which began as a consolidation of eight companies in 1999, now has five companies.

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