Growth: Minneapolis Glass Co.
Location: Plymouth | Employees: 95 | Specialty: Customized glass and glazing fabrication and installation
After more than 80 years in business, Minneapolis Glass has proven its staying power as a manufacturer of customized glass and glazing for construction and manufacturing industries. But under the leadership of president and owner Jennifer Lang, whose father ran the company before her, the Plymouth-based manufacturer has focused on workforce development and advancing technology to expand capabilities, products, and services.
“We are more of a technology company than we are a glass company,” says Matt Horovitz, vice president of sales and marketing. In the last two years, the company purchased six new automated fabrication machines and invested in innovation, including back-painting technology that allows designers to add custom-matched colors to any glass product. Part of a year-long research and development effort, the result is an automated assembly line with unlimited color-matching capabilities and increased efficiency. Products come off the assembly line in as little as 10 minutes.
These are just the latest developments from a period of sustained growth: Over the last seven years, the company has doubled the size of its team. Sales are up 18 percent over the past three years.
While Lang believes her company makes a superior product, she knows that’s not the only reason customers are buying. “Businesses and craftsmanship industries are about building better lives and sustaining communities.” The key, adds Horovitz, is simplicity. “We are developing product lines to make the choice easier for the customer. We are doing research, going out, evaluating the trends, making an easy-to-read menu for our customers, so they can say, ‘I can trust Minneapolis Glass. They know what I need, and they know what is going to work in the marketplace.’ ”