Glassopolis wins The Challenge competition
Sept. 26, 2012 – Glassopolis, a leading fabricator and distributor of specialty glass products, has won $100,000 in The Challenge competition sponsored by The Globe and Mail and Telus.
Sept. 26, 2012 – Glassopolis , a leading fabricator and
distributor of specialty glass products, has won $100,000 in The Challenge
competition sponsored by The Globe and
Mail and Telus.
The Challenge competition invited small businesses to
present their business challenge and proposed solution to a six-member panel
consisting of entrepreneurs, business writers and sponsors. Glassopolis was
selected as the winner from more than 1,200 entries.
Glassopolis presented its business plan to bring a new fire-rated glass product
to the North American market. Its challenge was the need to upgrade some
equipment in its production facility to the handle larger and heavier glass.
The new product is Fireswiss, which is a fire-resistive
product that passes ASTM E119 and the required hose stream test. It is a
multi-laminate glass that does not bubble like gel-filled products. It is UL
listed in several configurations that meet all the US building code requirements.
Fireswiss is manufactured in Europe by Glas Trosch and distributed exclusively
in North America by Glassopolis.
“We launched the marketing campaign for Fireswiss just a few
days ago at GlassBuild, so we are thrilled to win this competition now – it’s
perfect timing,” says Jordan Richards, President of Glassopolis. “It will
really jump start our launch of this exceptional product.”
“The award will help us purchase the best equipment to
process our new product,” says Rob Botman, General Manager of Glassopolis. “At
GlassBuild, we decided to buy a Putsch SVP1080 vertical saw. Putsch is an
Italian precision equipment company that makes fantastic glass saws. We will be
the first glass company in North America with this machine. It will give us a
capacity that even our biggest competitors don’t have.”