General Glass Company has a long standing history in the Northwest Glass market. It began in the early 1960s under the name of Interior Glass specializing in building and installing shower doors, mirrors and bathroom fixtures throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington.
In 1967 Interior Glass was purchased by John Wallace and John combined the building trades of flooring and glass together when he join the efforts of Wallace Floor Coverings and Interior Glass together in an effort to create a flooring and bathroom fixtures company. Simultaneously, John decided to rename Interior Glass as General Glass Company.
In 1969, John Wallace decided that the flooring and bathroom fixtures combination was not going to be a very complementary combination and he decided to sell the door and fixtures part of his business to his then general manager, Al Gauntlet. Al and Beverly Gauntlet Continued to operate General Glass as a shower door and bathroom fixtures company until the purchase of Morehouse Glass Company in 1976 which was a full line neighborhood glass shop serving the Southeast part of Portland as it had for many decades.
In 1978 the opportunity came to purchase an 84” washer and so the insulated glass business began. By doing this, General Glass became one of the first independent (non window) manufacturers of insulated glass units in the West. As the construction industry collapsed in the region, Al and Beverly decided to focus their concentration on wholesale insulated glass and sold the retail and shower door manufacturing side to the Jewel family which became known as Jewel-Morehouse Glass.
The Gauntlet’s continued to supply window and door manufactures and glass shops throughout the remote regions of Oregon with custom glass products and supplies. This continued until the middle of 2002 when Al and Beverly decided to retire and sold the company to Bakken Industries.
Since the sale in 2002, General Glass has expanded its efforts to include selling throughout the Northwest region. They have done this through adding the capabilities of tempering, CNC fabrication, horizontal beveling and polishing machines and custom laminated glass. All the expansion has occurred while the company tries to remember the roots of our success in quality products, quality service, timely delivery and fair pricing.
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