A Small Business Success Story 70 Years in the Making

Award Winning Locally Owned Glass Shop Celebrates 70 Years in Historic Anaheim.

A Southern California small business, owned by three generations of the Wingert family, celebrates 70 years in Anaheim (California, USA). Anaheim Glass was opened on July 5th, 1945 by entrepreneur Nick Wingert, who had a passion for sales and helping people.

The company, which sells a wide range of glass and glass-related products and services for residential, commercial, and automotive glass, has continued to thrive in the original location off South Anaheim Boulevard and Ellsworth Avenue. The business is in the heart of the Anaheim Colony Historic District, the first and largest Historic District in Anaheim – a location that the city is dedicated to preserving.

 

“I’ve seen a lot of changes in Downtown Anaheim over the years. More recently, the renovation of the Packing House down the street and even some new condos being built next door,” explains Jim Wingert. “It’s humbling to know that in this historical district, my father, my son and I have created a history of our own, in a place we call home.”

 

Owner, Greg Wingert, grandson of first owner Nick Wingert, thanks the devoted clientele for Anaheim Glass’ continued success, and like his grandfather did, Greg believes relationships are of utmost importance to the company. Even during the Great Recession, Anaheim Glass pushed through the crisis by merging operations with Brundige Glass, a 45-year-old family-owned business in Orange County, with the same values and heritage as Anaheim Glass.

 

Anaheim Glass is not only committed to providing quality work to the Orange County community, but they’re also dedicated to keeping the neighboring businesses safe. In 2012, Anaheim Glass provided 24-hour emergency board up service during the uproar following several officer-involved shootings and protests – a service that identifies Anaheim Glass as a trusted ally.

 

It’s been a long road for the family-owned business, and this year certainly marks a milestone for Anaheim Glass. Awarded the 2012 Small Business of the Year by the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce, this small business has no plans to make any significant changes.

 

“We’re going to continue to focus on relationships. It’s what made us successful from day one,” explains Greg Wingert. “Grandpa Nick used to drive up and down Anaheim Boulevard with a pot of coffee to his clients trying to generate more business for the auto glass and parts that were being sold at that time. Even today, people come in saying ‘I used to buy glass for my ‘55 Ford here from your grandfather back in the late 60’s’. It is a great feeling. It’s relationships. That’s what Anaheim Glass is all about, the people in this community who have kept us alive for 70 years now.”