H.J. Martin earns ‘Top 50 Glazier’ status for 4th straight year
H.J. Martin and Son continues to solidify its status as a leader within the glass industry. For the fourth consecutive year, the company has been named to the prestigious ‘Top 50 Glaziers’ list of Glass Magazine.
Unveiled in the magazine’s June 2018 issue, this year’s ‘Top 50 Glaziers’ list of largest contract glazing firms (based on sales volume) ranked H.J. Martin and Son at No. 48. As was the case a year ago, the company is the only one headquartered in Wisconsin (Green Bay) to make the annual compilation of top glaziers.
The magazine highlighted a signature project of Glass & Glazing, the Mulva Family Fitness and Sports Center at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis. Glass Magazine featured a photo of the athletic complex (at top of blog) as the lead-in to its presentation of the ‘Top 50 Glaziers’ list. Beyond the beauty of its glass, the Mulva facility entailed several installation challenges which were expertly met by H.J. Martin and Son.
Two members of H.J. Martin and Son leadership were tapped by Glass Magazine as industry experts in its ‘Top 50 Glaziers’ section. Kevin LaPoint, vice president of the commercial glass and entrance divisions, was quoted on ways that the company has tried to mitigate the overall labor shortage, saying, “We continue to challenge ourselves to increase field productivity with the skilled labor we have. One way we have done that is through utilization of a large pre-fabrication team to assemble aluminum frames, making our glaziers more productive on site.”
Ryan Foley, vice president of field operations, in a complementary story on workforce development, discussed ways that H.J. Martin and Son has gone about addressing the labor shortage through direct work with area students in the classroom. “Opening their eyes is where things start,” he says. “By being in the classroom and teaching, I can see they’re interested, and they had no idea this was a viable career path. If we can get their interest now, when they graduate…we’re in the back of their mind.”
H.J. Martin and Son continues to invest in its Glass & Glazing division in order to drive continued growth. Over the past year, it has acquired one delivery truck, three glass-rack trucks and a state-of-the-art, aerial robotic glass/frame handler. The handler is remote controlled, picking up glass and/or framing units to reduce physical lifting and strain on the company’s field installers.
H.J. Martin and Son has 71 full-time employees in its glass and glazing division.
Glass Magazine is the leading trade publication of the flat glass industry, serving the commercial, retail and fabrication segments. The official magazine of the National Glass Association, its coverage includes glass-industry news, trends and analysis, along with product introductions and best business practices.
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