- people on the move
Glass supplier wraps $10M expansion
A fabricator of glass products has moved its operations under one roof, increasing its footprint by 150%.
Wolverine Glass Products, or WGP, said this week it opened a 130,000-square-foot facility it purchased a year ago for $4.5 million from Dick Brill, former owner of Brillcast, and renovated in stages. The new facility is at 3400 Wentworth Dr. SW in Wyoming.
WGP fully moved into the building in March. Since 2010, the company operated out of a location at 5801 Clay Ave. SW in Wyoming. Then in 2013, it bought the facility next door and operated both buildings, bringing its total footprint to 85,000 square feet.
The project cost for the new facility, including increased production space and equipment upgrades, was $10 million.
Mark McGann, owner and president of WGP, said the company has been in growth mode since 2008.
“We were pretty much maxed out with capacity at Clay, and now that we have more room, we can add more stuff, and the additional room is allowing us to take the company to the next level,” McGann said.
“Operating out of two buildings, the logistics didn’t work out. When we found a building we could move into totally under one roof, we jumped at the chance.”
As part of the expansion, WGP is launching a full-line commercial glass interior wall system made possible by the purchase of a larger, full-convection North Glass tempering furnace sold, installed and serviced by Kensington, Pennsylvania-based HHH Tempering Resources.
McGann said the company also plans to roll out Fenevision enterprise resource planning software in the next two or three weeks that will help WGP with shop floor management and electronic reporting.
In 2010, WGP had 25 employees and now has 60, with plans to hire five more in the next six weeks.
Wolverine Glass Products
Founded in 1990, Wolverine Glass Products is a supplier of interior and exterior, commercial, residential and OEM engineered glass products.
WGP serves the architecture, interior design, construction, furniture, RV and transit and industries with a range of glass fabrication capabilities.
Capabilities include tempered and laminated safety glass, insulated glass, CNC, waterjet cutting, shape edging, hole drilling, beveling, back-painted and sand-blasted glass products.