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Third generation local business owners launch Architectural Glass & Aluminum, LLC

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Architectural Glass & Aluminum, LLC, above, recently opened operations in Gateway Park in Columbia City.

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A new Whitley County business, Architectural Glass & Aluminum, LLC recently located in Gateway Park in Columbia City.
Architectural Glass & Aluminum specializes in commercial glazing, aluminum storefronts, entrances and curtainwalls, and provides aluminum door hardware and services. The company is currently renting a facility at 1050 S. Williams Drive in Gateway Park, next to PDQ Workholding.
Although Architectural Glass & Aluminum is a new business, owners Troy Gay and Jeff Reece have years of experience in the industry.
Both partners are third generation business owners from the northeast Indiana area, and wanted to work together and combine their experience and expertise. They've worked on a number of commercial facilities in the Midwest area including: healthcare facilities, commercial facilities, school systems and universities.
"Jeff has the 'glass' expertise [such as curtainwall, windows and glass doors], and I have experience with doors, hardware and access controls," Troy said.
Troy grew up in Whitley County, and still owns a farm in Columbia City. His grandfather, Dale Gay, owned a local filling station, Dale's Service, which was located at Walnut and Van Buren Streets in Columbia City in the 1960s. His parents, Dennis and Debbie Gay owned and operated Dues Restaurant and Coffee Shop, which was located at 314 W. Van Buren Street, near the former Eagles building.
Jeff grew up in the glass business. His grandfather started Haney's Glass Shop in neighboring Kendallville in 1947. The family business was passed down to his father, Bob Haney in the 1960s, and Jeff is now a third generation owner of the business. "I've been around the business my entire life," Jeff said. "I started working in the glass shop sweeping floors when I was 13 years old, then I went away to college and came back to work in the shop in 1984."
Jeff explained that Haney's was becoming very busy with commercial glass work, which is a reason why he and Troy teamed up to focus on the commercial work. Haney's will continue focusing on residential and auto glass services.
"We are very excited to bring our business into Whitley County," Troy said. "The business climate is exceptional, and it's humbling to receive such great support from the community and government officials. This support motivates us to be an important part of the community."
Architectural Glass & Aluminum currently has five employees, including Jeff's son, Justin, who serves as the field foreman for the company. As the company continues to grow, they anticipate they will need to hire more installers in the near future.
"This is a great example of a former Whitley County resident returning back to his hometown to start his own business," said EDC president Jon Myers. "We look forward to Troy and Jeff continuing to grow their business here."

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