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Focus on Small Business: Lansing Glass Company

Thursday, January 4, 2018  
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One of America's favorite past times is the sport of baseball. The state of Michigan is lucky to have a professional baseball team right in heart of Detroit, the hometown favorite Detroit Tigers. Though the team was down a bit this year, the Tigers franchise has won the hearts of many fans through the decades, including Curtis Robb. Though Robb, 56, might not play ball like the Tigers do, much like his favorite baseball team, he has learned that hard work and dedication are important ingredients to success. Those have been the ingredients that Robb has used to build a name for himself and his company, the Lansing Glass Company.

Robb graduated high school in Alpena, Michigan and got a job with a glass company near Flint right away. After a year and a half of work, he moved to Lansing and got a glazing job where Robb continued to work for 13 years until the business closed. But Robb’s career in the glass industry didn’t end there. Robb and co-worker Keith Doty decided to start a glass company of their own. Since 1993, the Lansing Glass Company has been thriving.

The company has relocated through the years due to growth and is currently located on Baker Street in Lansing. Lansing Glass Company specializes in fabrication and erection of aluminum curtain walls, storefronts, entrances, and skylights and as well as glazing.

Lansing Glass Company has many accomplishments to their name. Some of the more high-profile projects in our region have the Lansing Glass Company “signature” on their buildings. The company has worked on office buildings such as Jackson National Life National headquarters, MSU Federal Credit Union and the State of Michigan Hall of Justice. Lansing Glass Company has also helped with much larger projects such as the Spartan Stadium expansion and the University of Michigan stadium expansion. The Lansing Glass Company team lays down the foundation for the rest of the contractors to finish the rest of the job.

“It’s a team effort. There’s no such thing a single contractor anymore,” said Robb.

Along with the company’s hard work to make projects possible, Lansing Glass Company has grown to be the largest glazing firm in the Lansing area. Through the growth of the company, they are able to have a large crew of 30 people supporting their many projects. Robb is proud of the fact that his company helps brings jobs to the Lansing community. He cites the importance of developing employees for the job market and highlights his company’s four-year apprenticeship program as a shining example.

“The apprenticeship gives employees a chance for a hands-on experience because most of the work is done on the job,” said Robb.

Lansing Glass Company brings a lot to the City of Lansing. In addition to skilled jobs, the company adds to Greater Lansing’s workforce and makes major contributions to shaping the architectural landmarks that grace the region.

“There is a long and bright future ahead,” said Robb. “As long as the work keeps going, we’ll keep building.”

The future is bright for the Lansing Glass Company. To borrow a baseball analogy, they don’t plan on striking out in their future, but hope for many more home runs to come.

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