Three North American, independent glass fabricators, J.E. Berkowitz L.P., Westshore
Glass Corp. and Craftsman Fabricated Glass, have formed Glass Fabricators LLC,
a non-profit cooperative designed to provide the founding members with an outlet
to share best practices, technical information, marketing initiatives and improved
purchasing based on combined material volume requirements.
Arthur Berkowitz, president of J.E. Berkowitz, Bob Lawrence, president of Craftsman
Fabricated Glass and Ron Brock, president of Westshore Glass make up the board
According to the announcement, executives from the three companies have spent
the past year planning this initiative.
"We decided to take this initiative because of a recent trend of strong
independents selling out to national concerns, which I am sure were good decisions
for the companies involved," said Lawrence. "However, our interest is
to build on the opportunities we worked so hard to create as independents. Innovation
and producing great products are key to flourishing; so, we decided to join together
to share best practices, new technology and other information so that we can enjoy
the same benefits that larger corporations have."
"We are very excited about the opportunity Glass Fabricators LLC provides,"
added Berkowitz. "We look forward to an exciting exchange of information
and having all three companies grow, while adding new equipment and facilities
and developing specific initiatives and plans for improvement."
"I'm a great believer that the best way to compete is on quality. That's
why the best practices part of the cooperative is the most exciting to me,"
All three companies will continue to be privately owned and operated.